The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

Students receiving the BS Degree in Chemistry (Broadfield Major) can continue their academic studies into masters or doctoral programs in Chemistry or can use the degree to find employment as a chemist. This degree can also be combined with teacher certification work to enter a career as a secondary school teacher of chemistry. The Chemistry (Broadfield Major) degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

 

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Three credit hours from MATH 2413 applies. 

Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Lab

1

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

One credit hour from PHYS 1401 applies. 

Major Requirements – 76 Hours

Required Courses - 37 hours

CHEM 2301Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 2101Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 2125Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 3301Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 3101Inorganic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 3303Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 3103Biochemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 3304Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEM 3104Physical Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 3305Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 4201Chemistry Problems I

2

CHEM 4304Instrumental Analysis

3

CHEM 4104Instrumental Analysis Lab

1

CHEM 4305Chemistry Capstone

3

Prescribed Electives - 20 hours

With approval from the department, additional courses may be used to fulfill prescribed electives requirements.

Advanced Chemistry Electives - 6 hours

Choose from:
CHEM 4302Advanced Biochemistry

3

CHEM 4303Advanced Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 4306Special Topics in Biochemistry

3

CHEM 4307Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 4308Contemporary Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 4309Contemporary Topics in Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 4314Contemporary Topics in Physical Chemistry

3

CHEM 4315Contemporary Topics in Materials Chemistry

3

CHEM 4316Medicinal Chemistry

3

CHEM 4320Nutritional and Exercise Biochemistry

3

CHEM 4325Chemistry Internship

3

CHEM 4378Special Topics in Chemistry

3

Advanced Science Electives - 14 hours

Choose additional 14 advanced hours from one of the following areas: ASTR, BENG, BIOL, CHEM, EEMS, ENVR, GEOG, GEOL, MARS, MATE, MATH, PHYS, PSCI, SAFS, STAT.

Support Courses - 19 hours

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies. Three credit hours from PHYS 1401 applies.

Choose at least one

MATH 1314College Algebra

3

MATH 1414College Algebra

4

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

Free Electives – 2 Hours

The B.S. in Chemistry requires free elective credit hours. Advanced hours will vary to meet the minimum 42 advanced institutional credit hour requirement for a bachelor’s degree.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120