Chemistry Program

Chemistry Program

Chemistry is the science that studies the composition and properties of substances and elementary forms of matter. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at A&M-Texarkana prepares students for careers as chemists, physical scientists, and technicians in quality control, quality assurance, research and development, and production departments of the industries.  Chemistry students will also become highly qualified applicants for medical and pharmacy schools, graduate programs in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and/or environmental science.  And, through the Teacher Certification Option in the Chemistry degree program, students will be prepared to become highly trained chemistry teachers.

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Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for a degree in Chemistry has been chosen to support six Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) that will address job expectations and reflect anticipated workforce needs.

The graduate will be able to:

  1. Explain atomic & molecular structures, bonding, stoichiometry, and periodic properties of representative elements.
  2. Apply the concepts and fundamental principles of thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and chemical kinetics to solve chemistry-related problems.
  3. Write and explain organic reactions, stereochemistry, and processes in biological and environmental systems.
  4. Perform selected chemistry experiments using required instruments/equipment in the laboratory.
  5. Apply scientific method in designing experiments and analyzing experimental data.
  6. For ONLY the BS in Chemistry with Grades 7-12 Chemistry Certification:  Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession as a highly-qualified, certified teacher (according to the Texas Educator Standards).

Careers in Chemistry

Successful completion of the chemistry program enables graduates to pursue careers in industry, government, teaching, or to continue education at the graduate level.  Visit the ACS Chemistry for Life website to find additional information regarding careers in chemistry.

Featured Courses

CHEM 1305 - Introductory Chemistry

This course surveys basics of a wide range of Chemistry concepts. Topcis include fundamental properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, chemical reactions, properties of gases, chemical equilibrium, acid-based concepts, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic and biomolecules. It is a course designed for non-science, pre-nursing, and allied health students. This course is intended to provide students with a background in chemistry so that other courses such as, pharmacology and food & nutrition, can be appreciated on a molecular level. Familiarity with algebra is needed to solve problems in the course.

CHEM 2423 - Organic Chemistry I

This course is the first of a comprehensive and somewhat rigorous survey of organic chemistry emphasizing nomenclature, structure, properties, synthesis, and reaction mechanisms of carbon compounds. 

CHEM 340 - Quantitative Chemical and Instrumental Analysis

This course covers fundamental theory and techniques in traditional chemical analysis. Topics include sampling and separation methods, measurements, statistics, equilibrium and pH studies, gravimetric and combustion analysis, electrochemical techniques, and introduction to instrumentation. Biology minors in Environmental Science require this course. 

CHEM 405 - Environmental Chemistry

This course is an application of chemical principles to the study of the environment. It includes natural processes and pollution problems related to air, water, and soil. Biology minors in Environmental Science require this course. Prerequisite

CHEM 440 - Instrumental Analysis

This course focuses on the theory and application of instrumental methods, such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, atomic absorption (AA) spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy (MS).