Academic Programs



Courses of special interest

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Chemistry in Society
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analytical
  • Chemistry
  • Design Molecules by Computer
  • Opportunities in the major:
  • American Chemical Society student affiliate
  • Research experiences both on and off campus
  • Attend regional and national research conferences

Catalog 2016-2017

Independent problem solving is the best way for students to learn science and prepare for productive intellectual lives, no matter what field they will work in. Our professors have degrees from leading universities including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, and Texas A&M, and they encourage students to join their research programs. Our molecular genetics and organic and physical chemistry labs include semester-long independent projects, and many other labs have shorter independent projects. In all of our laboratories, all students have the opportunity to use the most modern instruments to ask and answer questions that are on the cutting edge of biochemical research. These instruments include a 300MHz high field NMR, FT-IR, UV/Visible, GC/Mass, Raman and fluorescent spectrometers, DNA sequencer, high speed centrifuges, HPLC and gas chromatography, and electrophoresis equipment.

Chemistry: Biochemistry Track Major
16 1/2 course units, including:
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3022 Adv. Experimental Techniques I OR
CHEM 3032 Adv. Experimental Techniques II
CHEM 3084 Biochemistry
CHEM 3115 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 3165 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 3034 Molecular Genetics Eukaryotes  OR
BIO 3044 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
CHEM 4412 Senior Research in Chemistry I
CHEM 4422 Senior Research in Chemistry II
1 additional biology or chemistry elective from the following:
BIO 3026 Developmental Biology
BIO 3046 Microbiology
BIO 3034 Molecular Genetics Eukaryotes OR
BIO 3044 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
BIO 3065 Animal Physiology
BIO 3224 Neurobiology
BIO 4114 Immunology
BIO 4304 Advanced Cell Biology
CHEM 2294 Special Topics in Chemistry (If approved by CHEM program) 
CHEM 3014 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3125 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 3155 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics*
NS 2294 Special Topics in Natural Science (If approved by CHEM program) 

In addition, the following allied courses are required:
MATH 1304 Calculus I
MATH 1324 Calculus II
PHYS 2115 University Physics I
PHYS 2125 University Physics II
Students who choose the Biochemistry track may not minor in either biology or chemistry.

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