Available as a major or minor on the B.A. and B.S. degrees.
Biochemistry available as a major on the B.S. degree.
Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a major
in Chemistry. A minimum of 38 hours, on a 132-hour degree, consisting of CHEM
10113-10123, 10122 (or 10114-10124), 30123-30133, 30122-30132, 40113-40123, 40132,
40091 (2 hours), 50162, 50163, 50282 and with one additional course chosen from
20104, 50133, 40200 (3 hours) or 40003-40013. Professional certification by the
American Chemical Society requires the student to take Chemistry 20104, 50133,
40091 (1 hour), and either 40200 (3 hours) or 40003-40013 which results in a minimum
of 44 hours of chemistry. Associated Requirements: Physics 20473-20471,
20483-20481; Math 10524, 20524, 30224; and Computer Science 10403 (or 10203).
Math 30524 is recommended.
Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a major in Biochemistry.
A minimum of 38 hours, on a 132-hour degree, consisting of CHEM 10113-10123,
10122 (or 10114-10124), 30123-30133, 30122-30132, 40091, 40164, 40200 (4 hours,
or 40003-40013), 50163, 50133-50143, and 50502. Professional certification by
the American Chemical Society requires the student to take Chemistry 20104 and
40113-40123-40132 instead of 40164 which results in a minimum of 46 hours of
chemistry. Associated Requirements: Biology 10504, 10514, 30603, and
one of the following: Biology 40123, 40133, or 40404. Physics 20473-20471, 20483-20481;
Math 10524, 20524, and either Math 30803 or Computer Science 10403 (or 10203).
Requirements for the B.A. Degree with a major in Chemistry.
A minimum of 24 hours normally consisting of CHEM 10113, 10123, 10122 (or 10114-10124),
30123, 30122, 40164 (or 40113, 40123, 40132) and suitable electives chosen from
20104, one hour of 40091 or upper level courses with the exclusion of 40503,
50111 and 50120. A total of 124 hours is required for the B.A. degree. Any minor
approved by the College of Science and Engineering is acceptable. The B.A. degree
in Chemistry is devised for the student with a general interest in the field
who does not plan to pursue advanced work in graduate school or in professional
activities. The student planning a professional career in Chemistry is strongly
advised to satisfy the requirements of the B.S. degree.
Requirements for a minor in Chemistry. 18 semester hours to include 10113-10123, 10122 (or 10114-10124),
30123-30122, and 40164 or 20104.
Honors Program. A student may obtain Department Honors
in Chemistry by successfully completing 6 hours of senior honors research (CHEM
40003 and 40013) or three hours of senior honors research plus three hours of
study in a course approved by the department as one promoting the students
development as a research scholar. Such a course should be in addition to those
normally required to achieve the baccalaureate degree. Requirements also include
the writing of a Senior Honors Research paper which is approved by an appropriate
committee and the achievement of an overall GPA of 3.5 or greater.
Sigma XI. The department is a sponsor of the TCU
Chapter of Sigma XI,
Pass/No Credit Option. Courses to be applied toward
the major or minor may not be taken on the Pass/No Credit basis.
NOTE: CHEM 10113-10123 and 10122 provide credit equivalent
to CHEM 10114-10124, which are Honors General chemistry for science majors.
Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the general
chemistry sequences (10113-10123-10122 or 10114-10124).
On special occasions, a given prerequisite may be waived
at the discretion of the instructor.
The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go
to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this
Courses of Instruction
10113-10123 GENERAL CHEMISTRY. Three
lecture hours per week. Introduction to the principles of chemistry, illustrating
the central position of the discipline among the sciences. (Successful completion
of 10113 or the equivalent is a prerequisite for 10123.)
10122 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. One lecture
and one 3-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 10113 and
prior or concurrent enrollment in 10123.
10114-10124 GENERAL CHEMISTRY (Honors). Three hours
of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week. A study of chemical structure,
states of matter and chemical dynamics with emphasis on the quantitative nature
of the science of chemistry.
10163 GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS.
Three hours lecture, and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Topics of
interest to students e.g. drugs, AIDS, etc. and national and international problems
such as air and water pollution will be examined to understand their chemical
origins and potential solutions.
20104 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS. Two hours lecture and
two laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 10122-10123, or 10124
or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of volumetric and gravimetric
analysis; introduction to instrumental analysis.
30123 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Three hours of lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10122-10123 or 10124. A survey of the classes
of organic compounds with regard to nomenclature, structure, and reactions.
30122 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. One hour of
lecture and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10122-10123
or 10124 and prior or coregistration in CHEM 30123. Techniques of purification,
characterization, and synthesis of organic compounds.
30133 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Three hours of lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30123. Stereochemistry, organic reaction
mechanisms, and synthesis of organic compounds.
30132 ORGANIC QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS. One hour of
lecture and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30123, 30122
and 30133 or concurrent registration. Chemical and instrumental means of
identifying unknown organic substances.
40003-40013 SENIOR HONORS RESEARCH PROJECT. A project
in chemical research carried out under the direction of a member of the chemistry
faculty and designed to partially fulfill the requirements for Departmental
Honors in Chemistry. Hours arranged.
40091 SEMINAR. The chemical literature, modern research
techniques and recent developments in chemistry may be topics considered. Two
semesters of 40091 are required for the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry.
Since the course is offered in the Fall semester only, these are normally taken
in the Fall semesters of the junior and senior years.
40113-40123 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. Three hours lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10123 or 10124, PHYS 20483 and MATH 30224 or
concurrent enrollment. A theoretical study and explanation of a number of
the more important physical phenomena as applied to the field of chemistry.
40132 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. Two 4-hour
laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40123 or concurrent registration.
Laboratory experiments designed to establish the principles of physical
chemistry and methods of physical chemical measurements.
40164 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. Three
hours lecture and one 4-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CHEM
10123-10122 or 10124. An introduction to the basic concepts of physical
chemistry with particular reference to those aspects important to the biological
40200 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH. A project in chemical
research carried out under the direction of a member of the chemistry faculty.
The student must have permission from the supervising faculty member prior to
registration. (1-3 semester hours).
40501 Basic Biochemistry Lab (Biology 40501). One
three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Prior completion or co-registration
in Chem 40503. Analysis of chemical substances found in body fluids. Includes
clinical methods and pathology. Available for chemistry credit only to majors
in Nutrition and Dietetics.
40503 BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY. (Biology 40503). Three
hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chem 30123 or equivalent. Includes
fundamental chemical properties, analysis techniques, metabolism, and clinical
significance of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes, and hormones. Available
for chemistry credit only to majors in Nutrition and Dietetics.
50001 LABORATORY SAFETY. Required of all graduate
students in chemistry, this course deals with the safe handling of chemicals,
the inventory and safe disposal of chemicals, safe handling of radioactive materials
and lasers as well as details of federal, state and city regulations that apply
to safety in academic and industrial laboratories. The course is also required
of students who will be handling radioactive materials and is highly recommended
for all other graduate students in the physical sciences.
50111 LABORATORY GLASSBLOWING. One 4-hour laboratory
period per week. An introduction to the preparation of laboratory research equipment
constructed of sodium and borosilicate glass.
50120 TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY. Prerequisite: Permission
of the instructor. Members of this class act as Chemistry laboratory assistants.
Techniques of laboratory instruction are illustrated and the importance of laboratory
safety is stressed. (1-3 semester hours.)
50133 BIOCHEMISTRY. (See Biology 50133) Prerequisite:
CHEM 30133, 40113 or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours per
week. A general survey of structure and function of biologically important compounds
with methods of analysis.
50143 BIOCHEMISTRY. (See Biology 50143) Prerequisite:
CHEM or BIOL 50133. Biosynthesis, replication of DNA, synthesis and processing
of RNA and proteins, and special topics e.g. brain and muscle functions, hormones
and signal transduction, cancer, development, etc.
50163 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Three hours
lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40123 or permission of the instructor.
A survey of topics in modern inorganic chemistry with emphasis on synthesis,
bonding and the mechanisms of reactions.
50162 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. One
hour lecture and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 50163
or concurrent registration. The laboratory emphasizes the synthesis, characterization
and transformations of inorganic species.
50173 CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION. Two hours lecture
and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 20104 and prior or
concurrent registration in CHEM 40123. Modern instrumental techniques applied
to both inorganic and organic systems. Ultraviolet, infrared, and nuclear magnetic
resonance spectroscopy, vapor phase chromatography, polarography, and various
electrochemical methods of analysis are covered.
50183 BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. Three hours of lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40113 and prior or concurrent registration in
Chem 50143. Biological systems are discussed from the viewpoint of physical
chemical theories and methods.
50182 BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. Two 4-hour
laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent registration
in CHEM 50183. Physical chemical principles applied to biochemical systems.
50223 ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Three hours lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30132, 30133 or permission of instructor.
A detailed study of stereochemistry, important organic reactions and mechanisms,
organic syntheses, and fundamentals of synthetic design.
50230 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY. Credit and
hours to be arranged. Advanced work in biochemistry, inorganic, organic and
physical chemistry to be determined by the previous preparation and interests
of the individual student.
50263 PHYSICAL-ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Three hours lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30133 and prior or concurrent registration in
CHEM 40123. An introduction to modern structural theory and reaction mechanism.
Includes a discussion of physical methods.
50273 INORGANIC REACTIONS. Three hours of lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 50163 or permission of the instructor. An
advanced study of the preparative and derivative chemistry of important classes
of transition metal and main group element compounds.
50282 ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. Two hours lecture
per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40123. An introduction to quantum chemistry
and statistical thermodynamics is presented. Continuation of Chemistry 40113-40123.
50303 CHEMICAL KINETICS. Three lecture hours per
week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40123. Phenomenological and theoretical aspects
of the subject are stressed. Emphasis is placed on the study of rates of reaction
as a means of elucidating reaction mechanisms. The study of specific gas phase
and solution reactions is undertaken to illustrate basic theoretical principles
as well as to distinguish molecular, ionic and free radical pathways, applications
of isotope effects, activation parameters, medium effects and linear free-energy
relationships are considered. Selected topics in conventional and enzyme catalysis
50502 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY. (See Biology 50502)
Two four-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 50143 or concurrent
50783 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. (See Geology 50783)
Prerequisites: CHEM 10113-10123 and CHEM 10122, or CHEM 10114-10124 or permission
of the instructor. Three hours of lecture per week. Chemistry of water,
soil, energy, and air as related to environmental problems. Subjects include:
nutrients and eutrophication, fluorocarbons, sulfur and nitrogen oxides, Eh-pH
relationship, natural carbonate reactions, and cation exchange phenomena.
50993 NEUROCHEMISTRY. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 50133 or permission of instructor. The elucidation
of biochemical phenomena that subserve the characteristic activity of the nervous
system or are associated with neurological diseases.