Chemistry and Biochemistry - Undergraduate Programs

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Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four programs of study leading to a bachelor's degree and two leading to both a bachelor's and master's degree. They are the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - American Chemical Society certified, the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - American Chemical Society certified, the Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry a combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

  • Professional Chemist: Students who wish to become professional chemists or whose goals include graduate education in chemistry should pursue the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - American Chemical Society certified. Alternatively, students may choose the Bachelor of Science-Master of Science combined program. Prospective students should contact the departmental undergraduate advisor.
  • Professional Biochemist: Students who wish to become professional biochemists or whose goals include graduate education in biochemistry, should pursue the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - American Chemical Society certified. Prospective students should contact the departmental undergraduate advisor.
  • Premedical and Predental Programs: Students who wish to prepare for entry into medical or dental school may choose to major in chemistry or biochemistry. While any of the four bachelor's programs will meet the minimum requirements, the department recommends either the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry. Prospective students should contact both the departmental undergraduate advisor and the premedical advisor in the College of Science.
  • Preallied Health Programs: Students who wish to prepare for entry into pharmacy or veterinary school, physical therapy, or occupational therapy may choose to major in chemistry. Prospective students should contact the departmental undergraduate advisor.
  • Chemistry as a Teaching Field: Although students who intend to teach chemistry at the secondary school level may pursue any of the degrees, the Bachelor of Arts Degree offers the greatest flexibility.

Declaring a Major in Chemistry or Biochemistry

Beginning freshmen who intend to declare chemistry or biochemistry as a major must complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in chemistry and an overall GPA of 2.25.

  • CHEM 1441 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I and CHEM 1442 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II.
  • Six hours of mathematics approved by the department.
  • Three hours of biology or geology.
  • 12 hours from courses in the University core curriculum other than science or mathematics (English, history, political science, social and cultural studies, and fine arts).

Transfer students who transfer part or all of the above requirements must complete a minimum of 11 hours of approved science and mathematics courses in residence with a minimum GPA of 2.25 to be eligible to major in chemistry or biochemistry.

All new students who intend to major in chemistry or biochemistry should schedule an appointment for advising with the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Declaring a Second Major in Chemistry or Biochemistry

A person who satisfies the requirements for any other baccalaureate degree qualifies for having chemistry named as a second major upon completion of 25 semester hours from among:

CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Chemistry courses with higher numbers17
Total Hours25

The specific courses to be used must be approved by the undergraduate advisor and the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Teacher Certification

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry with secondary teacher certification should refer to the “Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry with UTeach Physical Science Certification” degree plan or the "Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry with UTeach Chemistry Certification" degree plan for teacher certification requirements.

Calculation of Chemistry Grade Point Average

Only chemistry courses required in the degree program will be used in calculating the chemistry grade point average for chemistry degree candidates.

Honors Program

Students who qualify are encouraged to participate in the University Honors College. Students should enroll in honors sections of chemistry courses when available and should include CHEM 4381 HONORS RESEARCH as approved by the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Undergraduate Degrees

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

This program is suitable preparation for admission to medical and dental schools, and other health-related professions.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
See General Core Requirements for Foundational Component Area3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
14 hours in a single modern/classical language or eight hours in a language plus six advanced hours from one liberal arts area cluster to be chosen with the guidance of the undergraduate advisor 2A14
Biology or Geology for science majors courses 2B8
Professional Courses
Major
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY 2C3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3315INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3175BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4101SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
Select one from the following:2
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER CHEMISTRY
LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY
BIOCHEMISTRY II
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS
Advanced electives at the 3000 or 4000 level sufficient to meet the 36 advanced hours requirement17
Electives sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree1
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research
Total Hours120

The minimum biology requirement for premedical students is BIOL 1441 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY and three additional courses. Specifically, BIOL 3444 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY and BIOL 3345 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY are recommended plus three additional hours.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
MATH 14264MATH 24254
BIOL 1441 or GEOL 13012C4BIOL 1442 or GEOL 13022C4
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
PHYS 14414CHEM 23353
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3CHEM 22852
Modern/Classical Language2A4PHYS 14424
 Modern/Classical Language2A4
 15 17
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 33153CHEM 43113
CHEM 31751POLS 23123
POLS 23113Modern/Classical Language2A3
Modern/Classical Language2A3Creative Arts3
Advanced Elective6Advanced Elective3
 16 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 33173CHEM 3000 level or above (can be up to 3 hrs)2
CHEM 41011HIST 13123
HIST 13113Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Foundational Component Area3Elective1
Advanced Electives5Advanced Electives3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
2A

 See approved list of courses for the College of Science's liberal arts area clusters.

2B

Student may take GEOL 1301 and 1302 to meet degree requirement. This will affect the number of electives needed to reach 120 hours.

2C

Completion of CHEM 2335 with the grade of "C" or above will satisfy the computer proficiency requirement.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry with Chemistry Teacher Certification (UTeach Program)

This program is suitable preparation for students who desire certification with a teaching field in chemistry and/or physical science.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
PHIL 2314PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS3
MODL 1442TOPICS IN MODERN LANGUAGE LEVEL II4
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
Elective Course2
Professional Courses
SCIE 1101STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING1
SCIE 1102STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN1
SCIE 4107STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607STUDENT TEACHING FOR SECONDARY GRADES6
EDUC 4331KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
EDUC 4332CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS3
EDUC 4333MULTIPLE TEACHING PRACTICES IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
Major
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3315INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3175BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4101SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4392ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (Research Methods)3
CHEM 4461INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4
Select one from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER CHEMISTRY
BIOCHEMISTRY II
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
MATH 14264MATH 24254
SCIE 11011SCIE 11021
ENGL 13013PHYS 14414
POLS 23113ENGL 13023
 15 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
EDUC 43313CHEM 23353
HIST 13113CHEM 22852
PHYS 14424EDUC 43323
 MODL 14424
 14 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POLS 23123CHEM 43923
PHIL 23143CHEM 43113
HIST 13123CHEM 44614
CHEM 33153Language Philosophy and Culture3
CHEM 31751Elective Course2
CHEM 33173 
 16 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
EDUC 43333SCIE 41071
BIOL 14414SCIE 46076
CHEM 41011BIOL 14424
Social and Behavioral Sciences3Creative Arts3
Advanced Chemistry Elective3 
 14 14
Total Hours: 120

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry with Physical Science Teacher Certification (UTeach Program)

This program is suitable preparation for students who desire certification with a teaching field in chemistry and/or physical science.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
PHIL 2314PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS3
PHYS 2315INTRODUCTORY ASTROPHYSICS3
PHYS 3313INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS3
PHYS 3445OPTICS4
PHYS 3455ELECTRONICS4
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
Professional Courses
SCIE 1101STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING1
SCIE 1102STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN1
SCIE 4107STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607STUDENT TEACHING FOR SECONDARY GRADES6
EDUC 4331KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
EDUC 4332CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS3
EDUC 4333MULTIPLE TEACHING PRACTICES IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
Major
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3315INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3175BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4392ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (Research Methods)3
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 4318 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
MATH 14264MATH 24254
SCIE 11011PHYS 14434
ENGL 13013SCIE 11021
POLS 23113ENGL 13023
 15 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
EDUC 43313CHEM 23353
PHYS 14444CHEM 22852
HIST 13113EDUC 43323
 PHYS 23153
 14 15
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 43113CHEM 33173
POLS 23123CHEM 33153
PHYS 33133CHEM 31751
PHIL 23143CHEM 43923
HIST 13123PHYS 34454
 15 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
EDUC 43333SCIE 41071
BIOL 14414SCIE 46076
PHYS 34554BIOL 14424
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3Creative Arts3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
 17 14
Total Hours: 120

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry - American Chemical Society Certified

This program meets the standards for professional baccalaureate programs established by the American Chemical Society. It is recommended to students who plan to enter into graduate study in chemistry and for those who anticipate professional careers as chemists.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
MATH 2326CALCULUS III3
See General Core Requirements for Foundational Component Area3
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
MATH 3319DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS & LINEAR ALGEBRA3
or MATH 3318 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
Advanced PHYS course at 3000 level or above:3
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
Biology or Geology for science majors courses 1A8
Professional Courses
Major
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY 1B3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3321PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 3181PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 3322PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 3182PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4101SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4318INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4346ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS3
CHEM 4461INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4
CHEM 3000 level or above pre-approved by the undergraduate advisor3
Advanced electives at the 3000 or 4000 level sufficient to meet the 36 advanced hours requirement2
Electives sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree6
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
MATH 14264MATH 24254
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
BIOL 1441 or GEOL 13011B4BIOL 1442 or GEOL 13021B4
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
MATH 23263CHEM 23353
PHYS 14434CHEM 22852
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3PHYS 14444
 MATH 3319 or 33183
 14 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 33213CHEM 33223
CHEM 31811CHEM 31821
CHEM 33173CHEM 43183
PHYS 33133POLS 23123
POLS 23113Creative Arts3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3Foundational Component Area3
 16 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 43113CHEM 43463
CHEM 41011CHEM 3000 level or above3
CHEM 44614HIST 13123
HIST 13113Electives 6
Advanced Electives2 
 13 15
Total Hours: 120
1A

Student may take GEOL 1301 and 1302 to meet requirement. This will affect the number of electives needed to reach 120 hours. 

1B

Completion of CHEM 2335 with the grade of "C" or above will satisfy the computer proficiency requirement.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry - American Chemical Society Certified

This program is recommended to students who plan to enter into graduate study in biochemistry and for those who anticipate professional careers as biochemists. This program is also suitable for premedical and predental students and for training in allied health sciences.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
MATH 2326CALCULUS III3
See General Core Requirements for Foundational Component Area3
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
Professional Courses
Major
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY 3A3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3321PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 3181PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 3322PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 3182PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 4242LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY2
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4312BIOCHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 4313METABOLISM AND REGULATION3
or CHEM 4316 BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS
CHEM 4314ENZYMOLOGY3
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 4318 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 4346ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS3
CHEM 4461INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4
Electives sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree7
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
MATH 14264MATH 24254
BIOL 14414ENGL 13023
ENGL 13013Creative Arts3
 15 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
PHYS 14434CHEM 23353
MATH 23263CHEM 22852
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3PHYS 14444
 BIOL 33153
 14 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 33213CHEM 33223
CHEM 31811CHEM 31821
CHEM 43113CHEM 43123
BIOL 34444CHEM 42422
HIST 13113HIST 13123
Social and Behavioral Science3Foundational Component Area3
 17 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 4313 or 43163CHEM 43463
CHEM 3317 or 43183CHEM 43143
CHEM 44614POLS 23123
POLS 23113Electives4
Electives3 
 16 13
Total Hours: 120
3A

Completion of CHEM 2335 with the grade of "C" or above will satisfy the computer proficiency requirement.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Chemistry

This program is recommended to students who plan to enter into premedical and predental school and for training in allied health sciences. This program is also suitable for students who anticipate professional careers in the field of biotechnology or graduate training in biochemistry.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
See General Core Requirements for Foundational Component Area
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
Select two of the following:6
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
IMMUNOBIOLOGY
GENETICS (recommended)
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Professional Courses
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY 4A3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3315INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3175BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
CHEM 4242LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY2
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4312BIOCHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 4313METABOLISM AND REGULATION3
or CHEM 4316 BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS
CHEM 4314ENZYMOLOGY3
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 4318 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 4461INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4
Advanced electives at the 3000 or 4000 level sufficient to meet the 36 advanced hours requirement1
Electives sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree8
All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research
Total Hours120

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
ENGL 13013MATH 14264
MATH 14214ENGL 13023
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213CHEM 23223
CHEM 21811CHEM 21821
PHYS 14414CHEM 23353
MATH 24254CHEM 22852
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3PHYS 14424
 BIOL 33153
 15 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 33153CHEM 42422
CHEM 31751CHEM 43123
CHEM 43113CHEM 43143
BIOL 34444BIOL 3301, 3312, or 33453
HIST 13113HIST 13123
Social and Behavioral Sciences3Foundational Component Area3
 17 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 3317 or 43183CHEM 44614
CHEM 4313 or 43163POLS 23123
POLS 23113Creative Arts3
Elective3Elective3
 12 13
Total Hours: 120
4A

Completion of CHEM 2335 with the grade of "C" or above will satisfy the computer proficiency requirement.

Requirements for a Combined B.S.-M.S. Degree in Chemistry

This program is recommended for students who wish to earn graduate level course credit and who wish to obtain graduate level research experience. This program is suitable for those students who plan to pursue doctoral graduate studies in chemistry and for those who anticipate professional careers as chemists.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

Pre-Professional Courses
Recommended Core Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
See General Core Requirements for Creative Arts3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
See General Core Requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
See General Core Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
MATH 2326CALCULUS III3
See General Core Requirements for Foundational Component Area3
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
MATH 3318DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS3
or MATH 3319 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS & LINEAR ALGEBRA
Advanced PHYS course at 3000 level or above:3
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
Biology or Geology for science majors courses6-8
Professional Courses
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2335QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY ("C" or above will meet Computer Proficiency requirement)3
CHEM 2285QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
CHEM 3317INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 3321PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 3322PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 3182PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 3181PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 4101SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4318INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 4346ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS3
CHEM 4380UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH3
CHEM 4461INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4
CHEM 3000 level or above pre-approved by the undergraduate advisor3
Refer to the Graduate Catalog and the graduate advisor for MS in Chemistry degree requirements (Master's Degree with Thesis).30
Total Hours143-145

Suggested Course Sequence

Refer to the suggested course sequence for the BS in Chemistry degree and then refer to the graduate advisor for the graduate course sequence.

Nine hours of graduate-level courses chosen with the approval of the graduate advisor will be used to complete the total hours required for the BS in Chemistry degree.

Fast Track Program for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This program enables outstanding senior undergraduate students in Biochemistry to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master's (M. Engr.) degree in Biomedical Engineering while completing their undergraduate studies.

Undergraduate students at the end of their freshmen year who have completed CHEM 1441 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I and CHEM 1442 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II with a GPA of 3.0 and express an interest in the Fast Track Program will be designated as "BioChem-BE FAST TRACK BOUND" Students who have been identified as "BioChem-BE FAST TRACK BOUND" as well as other outstanding undergraduates in Biochemistry can apply for the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor degrees. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UTA, achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 in those courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all college courses. Additionally, they must have completed at least 10 hours of specified undergraduate Foundation Courses that are listed below with a GPA of 3.3 in these courses.

Foundation Courses Required for Admission into the Fast Track program: 

BIOL 3345HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY3
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3

When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to 12 hours of graduate level coursework designated by the Biochemistry and Bioengineering Program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. This will be the maximum amount of credit that can be used as joint credit.

Students pursuing the Fast Track master's degree must take courses specified by the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Oral Communication and Computer Competency Requirements

For all chemistry degree programs except the UTeach certification degree programs, the university computer competency requirement will be met by: completion of CHEM 2335 QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY with the grade of "C" or above or taking CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY or by passing the University computer proficiency examination. For the UTeach certification degree programs, completion of EDUC 4331 KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE fulfills the requirement.

The University oral communication competency requirement may be satisfied by taking CHEM 4101 SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY (required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, and the combined BS-MS degree in Chemistry) or by taking CHEM 4313 METABOLISM AND REGULATION or CHEM 4314 ENZYMOLOGY (required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and the Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry).  For the UTeach certification degree programs, completion of SCIE 1101 STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING or SCIE 1234 STEP 1 & 2 COMBO: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING & LESSON DESIGN (required for the UTeach programs) fulfills the requirement.

Students should refer to the specific degree plans and the chemistry undergraduate advisor for details regarding these requirements.

Declaring a Minor in Chemistry

Students who wish to obtain a minor in Chemistry must take at least 18 semester hours of chemistry of which at least 6 semester hours must be at the 3000/4000 level. Only courses which satisfy a degree requirement for one of the degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry may be used.

Declaring a Minor in Biochemistry

Students who wish to obtain a minor in Biochemistry must take at least 18 semester hours of chemistry which must include CHEM 4311 and CHEM 4312. Only courses which satisfy a degree requirement for one of the degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry may be used.