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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

130 Chemistry & Physics Building • Box 19065 • 817-272-3171 • www.uta.edu/chemistryAcademic Advising: 817-272-3171
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four programs of study leading to the bachelor’s degree and one leading to both the 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 and a combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Chemistry.

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.

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 2321, 2181, 2322, 2182, and chemistry courses with higher numbers. The specific courses to be used must be approved by the undergraduate advisor and the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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.

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.

English

ENGL 1301, 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours at the 2000 level or above of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts, or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

POLS 2311, 2312.

History

Six hours from HIST 1311, 1312, or 3364.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts.

Mathematics*

MATH 1323, 1426, 2425, 2326, and 3318 or 3319.

*A student not qualified to take MATH 1323 must complete the prerequisites for the course. This may add three to six hours to the total required for the degree.

Computer Science*

One course chosen from CSE 1301, 1306, 1310, GEOL 1391, or BIOL 1450.

*To fulfill the University requirement of competency in computer usage, a student must take CSE 1301 or GEOL 1391 or obtain a passing score on the University proficiency exam.

Other Natural Science

PHYS 1443, 1444, and three hours of 3000/4000-level courses (PHYS 3313 recommended); six to eight hours of either biology or geology.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree.

Major

CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 2335, 2285, 3181, 3182, 3307, 3317, 3321, 3322, 4101, 4311, 4318, 4346, 4461.

In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester:
CHEM 1441; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441 or GEOL 1425; ENGL 1301; Elective, 2 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 1442; MATH 1426; Biology, 4 hours, or GEOL 1426; ENGL 1302 — Total Credit 15 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester:
CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; MATH 2425; PHYS 1443; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours — Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; CHEM 2335; CHEM 2285; MATH 2326; PHYS 1444 — Total Credit 16 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 3321; CHEM 3181; MATH 3318 or 3319; Physics (3000/4000), 3 hours; POLS 2311; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 3322; CHEM 3182; CHEM 3317; POLS 2312; Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours; Elective, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 4311; CHEM 4318; CHEM 4461; CHEM 4101; HIST 1311; Elective, 2 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 4346; CHEM 3307; HIST 1312; CSE 1301 or 1306 or 1310 or GEOL 1391; Electives, 4 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

This program is suitable preparation for admission to medical and dental schools, other health-related professions, and for students who desire certification with a teaching field in chemistry.

English

ENGL 1301, 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours at the 2000 level or above of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Modern and Classical Languages

14 hours in a single modern or classical language or eight hours in a language plus six hours from one liberal arts area cluster (see substitution list in introductory information for the College of Science).

Political Science

POLS 2311, 2312.

History

Six hours from HIST 1311, 1312, or 3364.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts.

Mathematics*

MATH 1323, 1426, 2425.

*A student not qualified to take MATH 1323 must complete the prerequisites for the course. This may add three to six hours to the total required for the degree.

Computer Science*

One course chosen from CSE 1301, 1306, 1310, GEOL 1391, or BIOL 1450.

*To fulfill the University requirement of competency in computer usage, a student must take CSE 1301 or GEOL 1391 or obtain a passing score on the University proficiency exam.

Other Natural Science

PHYS 1441 and 1442 and six to eight hours in either biology* or geology.

*The minimum biology requirement for premedical students is BIOL 1441 and three additional courses. Specifically, BIOL 3444 and 3345 are recommended plus three additional hours.

electives

Sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree.

Major

CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 2335, 2285, 3175, 3315, 3317, 4101, 4311, and at least two hours from 3307, 3310, 4242, 4312, 4318, or 4346.

In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.

Total

124 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester:
CHEM 1441; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441 or GEOL 1425; ENGL 1301 — Total Credit 14 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 1442; MATH 1426; Biology, 4 hours, or GEOL 1426; ENGL 1302 — Total Credit 15 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester:
CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; MATH 2425; PHYS 1441; CSE 1301 or 1306 or 1310 or GEOL 1391 — Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; CHEM 2335; CHEM 2285; PHYS 1442; Fine Arts, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester:
Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; Modern Language, 4 hours; POLS 2311; HIST 1311; Elective, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 3317; CHEM 3315; CHEM 3175; Modern Language, 4 hours; POLS 2312; HIST 1312; — Total Credit 17 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 4311; CHEM 4101; Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours; Modern Language or Liberal Arts Cluster Course, 3 hours; Electives, 6 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
Chemistry (3000/4000), 3 hours; Modern Language or Liberal Arts Cluster Course, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours; Electives, 7 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

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.

English

ENGL 1301, 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours at the 2000 level or above of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

POLS 2311, 2312.

History

Six hours from HIST 1311, 1312, or 3364.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Mathematics*

MATH 1323, 1426, 2425, 2326.

*A student not qualified to take MATH 1323 must complete the prerequisites for the course. This may add three to six hours to the total required for the degree.

Computer Science*

One course chosen from CSE 1301, 1306, 1310, GEOL 1391, or BIOL 1450.

*To fulfill the University requirement of competency in computer usage, a student must take CSE 1301 or GEOL 1391 or obtain a passing score on the University proficiency exam.

Other Natural Science

PHYS 1443, 1444; BIOL 1441, 3444, 3315.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree.

Major

CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 2335, 2285, 3181, 3182, 3321, 3322, 4242, 4311, 4312, 4313 or 4316, 4314, 3317 or 4318, 4346, 4461.

In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester:
CHEM 1441; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441; ENGL 1301 — Total Credit 14 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 1442; MATH 1426; ENGL 1302; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Electives, 3 hours — Total Credit 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester:
CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; MATH 2425; PHYS 1443; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours — Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; CHEM 2335; CHEM 2285; MATH 2326; PHYS 1444 — Total Credit 16 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 3321; CHEM 3181; CHEM 4311; BIOL 3444; HIST 1311; Fine Arts, 3 hours — Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 3322; CHEM 3182; CHEM 4312; CHEM 4242; BIOL 3315; HIST 1312 — Total Credit 15 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 4314 or CHEM 4318; CHEM 4461; POLS 2311; Electives, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 4313; CHEM 4316; CHEM 4346; POLS 2312; CSE 1301 or 1306 or 1310 or GEOL 1391; Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours — Total Credit 15 hours.

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.

English

ENGL 1301, 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours at the 2000 level or above of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

POLS 2311, 2312.

History

Six hours from HIST 1311, 1312, or 3364.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Mathematics*

MATH 1323, 1426, 2425.

*A student not qualified to take MATH 1323 must complete the prerequisites for the course. This may add three to six hours to the total required for the degree.

Computer Science*

One course chosen from CSE 1301, 1306, 1310, GEOL 1391, or BIOL 1450.

*To fulfill the University requirement of competency in computer usage, a student must take CSE 1301 or GEOL 1391 or obtain a passing score on the University proficiency exam.

Other Natural Science

PHYS 1441, 1442; BIOL 1441, 1442, 3444, plus six hours from BIOL 3312, 3315, 3333, 3345.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree.

Major

CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 2335, 2285, 3175, 3315, 4242, 4311, 4312, 4313 or 4316, 4314, 3317 or 4318, 4461.

In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester:
CHEM 1441; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441; ENGL 1301 — Total Credit 14 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 1442; MATH 1426; ENGL 1302; Fine Arts, 3 hours — Total Credit 14 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester:
CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; MATH 2425; PHYS 1441; Literature, 3 hours — Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; CHEM 2335; CHEM 2285; BIOL 1442; PHYS 1442 — Total Credit 17 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 4311; CHEM 4318; BIOL 3444; HIST 1311; BIOL 33XX — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 4312; CHEM 4242; CHEM 3315; CHEM 3175; HIST 1312; Fine Arts, 3 hours — Total Credit 15 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 4314; CHEM 4316; CHEM 4461; POLS 2311; Liberal Arts Electives, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 4313 or CHEM 4316; BIOL 33XX; POLS 2312; CSE 1301 or 1306 or 1310 or GEOL 1391; Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours — Total Credit 15 hours.

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.

English

ENGL 1301, 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours at the 2000 level or above of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

POLS 2311, 2312.

History

Six hours from HIST 1311, 1312, or 3364.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology, or women’s studies.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Mathematics*

MATH 1323, 1426, 2425, 2326, and 3318 or 3319.

*A student not qualified to take MATH 1323 must complete the prerequisites for the course. This may add three to six hours to the total required for the degree.

Computer Science*

One course chosen from CSE 1301, 1306, 1310, GEOL 1391, or BIOL 1450.

*To fulfill the University requirement of competency in computer usage a student must take CSE 1301 or GEOL 1491 or obtain a passing score on the University proficiency exam.

Other Natural Science

PHYS 1443, 1444, and three hours of 3000/4000-level courses (3313 recommended); six to eight hours of either biology or geology.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total hours required for the degree.

Major

CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 2335, 2285, 3181, 3182, 3307, 3317, 3321, 3322, 4101, 4311, 4318, 4346, 4380, 4461; a minimum of 18 hours in graduate-level courses listed in the Graduate Catalog including 12 hours from 5301, 5309, 5311, 5315, and 5321.

Six hours of thesis.

Six hours of electives which may be senior or graduate-level courses in chemistry or in another science or engineering as selected by the candidate with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Minor

The required 15 hours of mathematics and 11 hours of physics constitute a combined minor.

Total

161 hours, including a minimum of 36 hours of 3000/4000-level courses counted as undergraduate credit.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester:
CHEM 1441; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441 or GEOL 1425; ENGL 1301; CSE 1301 or 1306 or 1310 or GEOL 1391 — Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 1442; MATH 1426; Biology, 4 hours, or GEOL 1426; ENGL 1302 — Total Credit 15 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester:
CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; MATH 2425; PHYS 1443; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours — Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; CHEM 2335; CHEM 2285; MATH 2326; PHYS 1444 — Total Credit 16 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester:
CHEM 3321; CHEM 3181; MATH 3318 or 3319; Physics (3000/4000), 3 hours; POLS 2311; Fine Arts, 3 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 3322; CHEM 3182; CHEM 3317; POLS 2312; Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours; Elective, 3 hours; select thesis advisor — Total Credit 16 hours.

Summer

First Term: CHEM 4380 — Total Credit 3 hours.
Second Term: CHEM 4380; Elective, 3 hours — Total Credit 6 hours.

Senior Year*

First Semester:
CHEM 4311; CHEM 4318; CHEM 4461; CHEM 4101; HIST 1311; Electives, 2 hours — Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester:
CHEM 4346; CHEM 3307; HIST 1312; Chemistry, 6 hours chosen from 5301, 5309, 5311, 5315, and 5321 — Total Credit 15 hours.

*Students progressing satisfactorily will be admitted to the Graduate School at the end of the senior year upon fulfilling admission requirements listed in the Graduate Catalog. Note that six hours of undergraduate credit will have to be reserved for graduate credit.

Summer

Chemistry (graduate-level), 3 hours — Total Credit 3 hours.

Graduate Year

First Semester:
Chemistry, 6 hours chosen from 5301, 5309, 5311, 5315, and 5321; Graduate Elective, 3 hours — Total Credit 9 hours.

Second Semester:
Graduate-Level Electives, 6 hours — Total Credit 6 hours.

Summer

Chemistry (thesis), 6 hours — Total Credit 6 hours.

Teacher Certification

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry with secondary teacher certification, chemistry as a concentration in the science composite certification, or in chemistry or physical science as a second teaching field should refer to the College of Education section of this catalog 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.

Oral Communication and Computer Competency Requirements

For all chemistry degree programs, the university computer competency requirement will be met by taking appropriate course work (GEOL 1391 or CSE 1301 recommended) or by passing the University computer proficiency examination.

The University oral communication competency requirement may be satisfied by taking CHEM 4101 (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 or 4314 (required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and the Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry).

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

Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

Chair

Professor Dasgupta

Professors

Armstrong, Bellion, Dias, Elsenbaumer, MacDonnell, Pomerantz, Rajeshwar, Schelly, Timmons

Associate Professor

Lovely

Assistant Professors

Guan, Heo, Kroll, Mandal, O’Brien, Schug

Research Associate Professors

Tacconi

Senior Lecturer

Rogers

Lecturer

Tanizaki

Professors Emeriti

Baker, Benham, Francis, Marynick, Willoughby


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