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Chemistry

201A Physical Science Building
(915) 747-5701(ph)
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CHAIRPERSON: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
PROFESSORS EMERITI: Harold Alexander, William C. Herndon, Winston D. Lloyd
PROFESSORS: Chianelli, Davis, Dirk, Eastman, Ellzey, Gardea-Torresdey, Pannell
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMERITUS: Joseph Scruggs
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Becvar, Gardner, Michael, Salvador, Saupe
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Bernal, Lee, Martinez, Narayan, Noveron

The Department of Chemistry offers both a BS degree and a BA degree in Chemistry. Both degrees include the opportunity to obtain a concentration in Secondary Teacher Certification. The BS degree in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society if the course of study is 44 semester hours specified below, plus a minor, three semesters of calculus, and two semesters of calculus-based physics.

 

BS in Chemistry

The requirement to obtain a BS in Chemistry consists of the general College of Science requirements plus a minor and the following specific requirements:

Major (44 semester hours including 32 semester hours of upper-division courses): CHEM 1305-CHEM 1105, CHEM 1306-CHEM 1106, CHEM 2101, CHEM 2261-CHEM 2161, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, CHEM 3352-CHEM 3152, CHEM 4211-CHEM 4212, CHEM 4365, CHEM 4330 or CHEM 4332

Minor: If the minor is biology, BIOL 1305-BIOL 1107, BIOL 1306-BIOL 1108, and BIOL 3320 are required, plus additional course work to meet the minimum standard of 18 semester hours. Other minors are available including secondary education.

Additional Science: PHYS 2420 and PHYS 2421 are required. If physics is the minor, the additional science requirement may be met by BIOL 1305-BIOL 1107, BIOL 1306-BIOL 1108; or GEOL 1313-GEOL 1103 (or GEOL 1311), GEOL 1314-GEOL 1104 (or GEOL 1312).

Other: MATH 1312 and MATH 2313 are required.

 

Secondary Education Minor

Science Certification:

Major: CHEM 1305-CHEM 1105, CHEM 1306-CHEM 1106, CHEM 2101, CHEM 2261-CHEM 2161, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, CHEM 3352-CHEM 3152, CHEM 4330 or CHEM 4332

Minor: This concentration requires a minor in secondary education: EDPC 3300 (Requires Admittance into Teacher Education), SCED 3311, SCED 3317, RED 3342, SCED 4368 (science), and SCED 4691 (Internship).

Other: BIOL 1305-1107, BIOL 1305-1108, GEOL 1311, and PHYS 2420, PHYS 2421, MATH 1312, and MATH 2313 are required.

 

Physical Science Certification:

Major: CHEM 1305-CHEM 1105, CHEM 1306-CHEM 1106, CHEM 2101, CHEM 2261-CHEM 2161, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, CHEM 3352-CHEM 3152, CHEM 4211-CHEM 4212, CHEM 4365, CHEM 4330 or CHEM 4332

Minor: This concentration requires a minor in secondary education: EDPC 3300 (Requires Admittance into Teacher Education), SCED 3311, SCED 3317, RED 3342, SCED 4368 (science), and SCED 4691 (Internship).

Other: MATH 1312, MATH 2313, PHYS 2420, PHYS 2421, PHYS 3323, and PHYS 4355 are required.

 

BA in Chemistry

Students should refer to the College of Liberal Arts section of this catalog for the general requirements for the BA degree. Secondary Teaching Certification in chemistry may also be obtained through these Colleges. A minor in the College of Liberal Arts requires nine semester hours of upper-division course work. The major may be selected from two concentrations:

General: The specific courses required are (35 semester hours in chemistry including 23 semester hours of upper-division courses) CHEM 1305*-CHEM 1105*, CHEM 1306*-CHEM 1106*, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, MATH 1411*, MATH 1312, MATH 2313, PHYS 2420, PHYS 2421, plus 9 semester hours selected from CHEM 2101, CHEM 2261-2161, CHEM 3352-3152, CHEM 4131, CHEM 4211, CHEM 4212, CHEM 4328, CHEM 4330, CHEM 4332, CHEM 4362, CHEM 4365, CHEM 4176, CHEM 4376, or CHEM 4380. (* may be counted in the University core)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental: The specific courses required are (35 semester hours in chemistry including 23 semester hours of upper-division courses) CHEM 1305*-CHEM 1105*, CHEM 1306*-CHEM 1106*, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, CHEM 4330- 4131, MATH 1411*, MATH 1312, MATH 2313, PHYS 2420, PHYS 2421, plus 9 5 semester hours selected from CHEM 2101, CHEM 2261-2161, CHEM 3352-3152, CHEM 4211, CHEM 4212, CHEM 4328, CHEM 4332, CHEM 4362, CHEM 4365, CHEM 4176, CHEM 4376, or CHEM 4380. (* may be counted in the University core)

 

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry requires CHEM 1305-CHEM 1105, CHEM 1306-CHEM 1106, and an additional minimum of 11 upper-division hours. Majors in mathematics or physics may select from CHEM 2261-CHEM 2161, CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 3310-CHEM 3110, CHEM 3351-CHEM 3151, or CHEM 3352-CHEM 3152. Other majors may select from CHEM 3321-CHEM 3221, CHEM 3322-CHEM 3222, CHEM 4330, or CHEM 4332.

 

Five-Year BS-MS Program

The curriculum for the BS degree in Chemistry can be completed in three and one-half years. After admission to the Graduate School of the University, it is possible to obtain the MS degree at the end of the 5th year of study in chemistry. Qualified students should consult their academic advisor about the course of study and regarding various forms of financial assistance obtainable through this program.

 

BS Degree with Departmental Honors in Chemistry

A candidate for Departmental Honors in chemistry will have demonstrated ability in chemistry, will have maintained a GPA of 3.0 by the end of the junior year, and will maintain this average until graduation. The main requirement for Departmental Honors will be the satisfactory completion of an Honors Thesis based on research in chemistry. Usually this research will be carried out under the direction of a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry or a suitable faculty member from another department of the University. The satisfactory completion of the Honors Thesis will be judged by the Thesis-Research Director in conjunction with the Departmental Honors Committee. Other faculty and outside referees may be consulted if it is deemed to be appropriate to do so.

The candidate for Departmental Honors must request approval of candidacy during the second semester of the junior year. The Department of Chemistry reserves the right to accept or not accept a qualified student taking into consideration the number of applicants, the number of available faculty, and the competence of an individual student. The accepted honors candidate will enroll in CHEM 4176 or CHEM 4376 during both semesters of the senior year and will have accumulated a total of 6 hours of CHEM 4176 and CHEM 4376 credit on completion of the honors program. Other regulations, procedures, and dates for use by honors candidates are available from the Chairperson, Department of Chemistry.

 

Advising/Placement

All chemistry majors are required to consult with and have their enrollment approved by their department advisor before every enrollment.

All entering freshman students with at least one year of high school chemistry with an "A" or "B" in chemistry may take an Achievement Examination given by the department. If a student scores 80 or above, he or she will be given credit for CHEM 1305.

An entering freshman student with two years of high school chemistry with grades of "A" or "B" may take Achievement Examinations given by the department over CHEM 1305 and 1306. If the score is 80 or above, credit for CHEM 1305 and 1306 will be given.

 

Chemistry (CHEM)

 

1105   Laboratory for Chemistry 1305 (0-3)

( CHEM 1111)

Corequisite: CHEM 1305, if required in student's degree plan. Laboratory fee required.

 

1106   Laboratory for Chemistry 1306 (0-3)

( CHEM 1112)

Corequisite: CHEM 1306 if required in student's degree plan. Laboratory fee required.

 

1305   General Chemistry (2-2)

( CHEM 1311)

The basic laws and theories of chemistry: characterization of the elements and their most important compounds. For students who need a foundation for work in advanced chemistry and related sciences. Prerequisites: MATH 1508, or MATH 1411, or a math SAT score of at least 600. Corequisite: CHEM 1105, if required in student's degree plan. MATH 1508 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 1305.

 

1306   General Chemistry (2-2)

( CHEM 1312)

A continuation of CHEM 1305. Includes substantial coverage of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1305, CHEM 1105, and MATH 1508, or MATH 1411, or a math SAT score of at least 600. Corequisite: CHEM 1106, if required in student's degree plan.

 

1407   Introductory Chemistry (3-3)

( CHEM 1405)

Basic concepts relating to composition, structure, and transformation of matter. Satisfies the chemistry requirement for nursing. Students who need a foundation for work in advanced chemistry and related sciences or engineering fields should take CHEM 1305, CHEM 1105, CHEM 1306, and CHEM 1106. Prerequisite: MATH 0311 or an adequate score on a placement examination. MATH 0311 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 1407. Laboratory fee required.

 

1408   Introductory Chemistry (3-3)

( CHEM 1407)

A continuation of CHEM 1407. Includes surveys of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Prerequisites: MATH 0311 (or an adequate score on a placement examination) and CHEM 1407. CHEM 1407 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 1408. Laboratory fee required.

 

2101      Molecular Modeling and Chemical Information (0-3)

Introduction to computational methods for molecular visualization, structure optimization, and modeling; includes strategies for chemical data analysis and obtaining chemical information from the Internet and conventional sources. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306, CHEM 1106, and department approval.

 


2161   Laboratory for CHEM 2261 (0-3)

Corequisite: CHEM 2261.  Laboratory fee required.

 

2261   The Periodic Table (2-0)

A survey course that expounds the principles of periodicity in the descriptive chemistry of the elements. Among the areas covered will be the alkali and alkaline earth metals, the carbon/silicon/germanium/tin and lead group, the chemistry of nitrogen, phosphorus, and the halogens. Where possible, pertinent technical applications of the elements, and materials derived from them, will be presented, e.g., medicinal, inorganic polymer, and semi-conductor applications. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306 and CHEM 1106.

 

General Prerequisite: All required lower-division courses in the major should be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in order to enroll in upper-division courses in the major. Some upper-division courses may be applied toward graduate degrees; students should consult the Graduate Catalog for the listing of these courses.

 

3110   Laboratory for Chemistry 3310 (0-4)

Corequisite: CHEM 3310. Laboratory fee required.

 

2124   Laboratory for Chemistry 2324 (0-3)

Corequisite: CHEM 2324. Laboratory fee required.

 

2125   Laboratory for Chemistry 2325 (0-3)

Corequisite: CHEM 2325. Laboratory fee required.

 

 

2324   Organic Chemistry (2-2)

A study of the fundamental types of carbon compounds. Intended for students not requiring the detailed comprehensive courses specified for the BS degree in Chemistry. May not be counted in addition to CHEM 3321. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306 and 1106 Corequisite: CHEM 2124.

 

2325   Organic Chemistry (3-0)

A continuation of CHEM 2324 with emphasis on organic compounds and their reactions in living systems. May not be counted in addition to CHEM 3322. Prerequisites: CHEM 2324. Corequisite: CHEM 2125.

 

3151   Laboratory for Chemistry 3351 (0-4)

Corequisite: CHEM 3351, if required in student's degree plan. Laboratory fee required.

 

3152   Laboratory for Chemistry 3352 (0-4)

Corequisite: CHEM 3352, if required in student's degree plan. Laboratory fee required.

 

3221   Laboratory for Chemistry 3321 (0-6)

Corequisite: CHEM 3321. Laboratory fee required.

 

3222   Laboratory for Chemistry 3322 (0-6)

Corequisite: CHEM 3322. Laboratory fee required.

 

3310   Analytical Chemistry (3-0)

Quantitative measurements and calculations, chemical equilibrium as applied to analyses and separations. This course is designed for chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 3322 or CHEM 2325, MATH 2313, and PHYS 2421. Corequisite: CHEM 3110.  MATH 2313 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 3310.

 

3321   Organic Chemistry (2-2)

A study of chemical bonding and structure in organic molecules, functional group synthesis and reactions, reaction mechanisms, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and isomerism. Intended for chemistry majors and others requiring a comprehensive approach to organic chemistry.  May not be counted in addition to CHEM 2324. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306 and CHEM 1106. Corequisite: CHEM 3221.

 

3322   Organic Chemistry (3-0)

A continuation of CHEM 3321. Intended for chemistry majors and others requiring a comprehensive approach to organic chemistry. May not be counted in addition to CHEM 3325. Prerequisites: CHEM 3321 and CHEM 3221. Corequisite: CHEM 3222.

3351   Physical Chemistry (3-0)

Chemical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306 and CHEM 1106, MATH 2313, and PHYS 2421. Corequisite: CHEM 3151, if required in student's degree plan. MATH 2313 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 3351.

 

3352   Physical Chemistry (3-0)

Quantum mechanics and other advanced topics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306, CHEM 1106, PHYS 2421, and MATH 2313. Corequisite: CHEM 3152 if required in student's degree plan.  MATH 2313 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 3352.

 

4131   Laboratory for Biochemistry (0-4)

Provides laboratory practical experience in techniques of biochemical assay and analysis. Corequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4330 or CHEM 4332 and department approval. Laboratory fee required.

 

4165      Laboratory for Inorganic Chemistry (0-4)

Provides laboratory practical exposure for students taking Inorganic Chemistry 4365. Corequisite: CHEM 4365. Laboratory fee required.

 

4176      Introduction to Research (0-0-3)

4376   Introduction to Research (0-0-9)

Credit will be granted only upon completion of research in the senior year on the recommendation of the head of the Chemistry Department. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credit hours of CHEM 4176 and CHEM 4376. All credit accrued will be counted as elective hours only. Prerequisite: Department approval. Fees required.

 

4211   Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry (2-0)

A study of the more important optical and electrical methods of chemical analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 3322. Corequisites: CHEM 3352 and CHEM 4212.

 

4212   Laboratory for Chemistry 4211 (0-6)

Corequisite: CHEM 4211. Laboratory fee required.

 

4328   Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (3-0)

Selected topics at the undergraduate level which are not usually covered in introductory courses in organic chemistry. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or CHEM 2325.

 

4330   Biochemistry: Structure and Function (3-0)

A study of the major classes of biomolecules, including amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids with introductions to biochemical techniques and enzyme kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or CHEM 2325.

 

4332   Biochemistry: Dynamics and Information (3-0)

Investigation of enzyme function, bioenergetics, metabolism, and the molecular aspects of replication, transcription, and translation. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or CHEM 2325. CHEM 4330 is recommended but not required as a prerequisite.

 

4362   Structure of Matter (3-0)

Introduction to quantum theory; atomic and molecular structure; atomic and molecular spectra; chemical bonding. Prerequisites: (1) PHYS 2421 and CHEM 3352 or (2) department approval.

 

4365   Inorganic Chemistry (3-0)

Principles of molecular structure and chemical reactivity of inorganic compounds; coordination chemistry and introduction to ligand field theory; kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions; organometallic compounds; chemistry of nonmetals and physical methods in inorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 3322 and CHEM 3352.

 

4380      Polymer Chemistry (3-0)

A survey of high polymers, including synthesis, characterization, and structure-property relationships. Considers step and chain polymerization, stereochemistry, and copolymerization. Also, thermally stable polymers, conducting and photoactive polymers. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or CHEM 2325.

 

 

See the Graduate Catalog for graduate programs and courses.


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