Chemistry Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a major in Chemistry
Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a major in Biochemistry
Honors Program
Sigma XI
Pass/No Credit Option
Courses of Instruction

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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 10113-10125, (or 10113, 10123, and 20123), 30123-30133, 30122-30132, 40091, 40123-40133, 40121-40131, 50163, 40172 or 50162, 40200 (3 hours) or 40003-40013, and one additional advanced course selected from 50282, 50133, or 50223. Professional certification by the American Chemical Society requires the inclusion of CHEM 20123, 40172, 50162, 50133, and 50282, resulting in a minimum of 43 hours of chemistry. Associated Requirements: Physics 10154 and 10164 (or 20474 and 20484); Math 10524 and 20524. Math 30524 is recommended for Chem 50282.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a major in Biochemistry

A minimum of 38 hours, on a 132-hour degree, consisting of CHEM 10113-10125, (or 10113 and 20123), 30123-30133, 30122-30132, 40091, 40123, 40121, 40200 (3 or 4 hours) or 40003-40013, 50163, 50133-50143, and 50502. Professional certification by the American Chemical Society requires the inclusion of CHEM 20123, 40172, 40133, and 40131, resulting in a minimum of 44 hours of chemistry. Associated Requirements: Biology 10504, 10514, 30603, and one of the following: Biology 40123, 40133, or 40404. Physics 10154 and 10164 (or 20474-20484); Math 10524 and 20524.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree with a major in Chemistry.

A minimum of 24 hours consisting of CHEM 10113-10125, (or 10113, 10123, and 20123), 30123, 30122, 40123, 40121, 40091, and suitable electives chosen from upper level courses (30000 or above) with the exclusion of 40503, 50111, and 50120. No more than 2 hours of research (40200 or 40003-40013) may contribute to the 24-hour minimum. Any minor approved by the College of Science and Engineering is acceptable. The B.A. degree in Chemistry is devised for students with a general interest in the field who do not plan to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry. Students planning a professional career in Chemistry are strongly advised to satisfy the requirements of the B.S. degree.

Requirements for the minor in Chemistry

A minimum of 18 semester hours to include CHEM 10113-10125, (or 10113, 10123, and 20123), 30123-30122, and suitable electives chosen from CHEM 30133, 30132, 40091, 40123, 40121, 50133 and 50163.

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 student's 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: Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the general chemistry sequences (10113-10125 or 10113-10123-20123).

On special occasions, a given prerequisite may be waived at the discretion of the instructor.

Courses of Instruction

CHEM 10113 General Chemistry. Three lecture hours per week. Introduction to the principles of chemistry, illustrating the central position of the discipline among the sciences.

CHEM 10114 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.

CHEM 10122 General Chemistry Laboratory. One lecture and one 3-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 10113 and prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 10123.

CHEM 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 CHEM 10113 or the equivalent is a prerequisite for CHEM 10123.)

CHEM 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.

CHEM 10125 General Chemistry with Laboratory. Three hours lecture, one 3-hour laboratory, and one 1-hour lab lecture per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 10113. The second of a two-semester sequence in introductory chemistry. Selected concepts regarding chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, and introductory organic chemistry.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 20123 Quantitative Analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 10113, and prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 10123. One hours lecture and two laboratory periods per week. Exposure to techniques, theory, and laboratory practice of quantitative chemical analysis, focusing on gravimetric and volumetric analysis. Students will also gain an introductory understanding of instrumental methods of chemical analysis.

CHEM 30122 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. One hour of lecture and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10122-10123, 10124, 10125, or 20123 and prior or concurrent registration in CHEM 30123. Techniques of purification, characterization, and synthesis of organic compounds.

CHEM 30123 Organic Chemistry. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10122-10123, 10124, 10125, or 20123. A survey of the classes of organic compounds with regard to nomenclature, structure, and reactions.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 30133 Organic Chemistry. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30123. Stereochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of organic compounds.

CHEM 40003 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.

CHEM 40013 Senior Honors Research Paper. 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.

CHEM 40091 Senior Seminar. The chemical literature, modern research techniques and recent developments in chemistry are discussed. This is a capstone course to be taken by Chemistry and Biochemistry majors and those pursuing a minor in Chemistry in the spring semester of their senior year.

CHEM 40121 Physical Chemistry Lab I. One 4-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 40123. Laboratory experiments designed to convey fundamental principles of physical chemistry, especially measurements relevant to selected biomolecules.

CHEM 40123 Physical Chemistry. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 10123 and 10122, prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 10524. Studies of the fundamental physical principles relating to the field of chemistry, with an emphasis on thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

CHEM 40131 Physical Chemistry Lab II. Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 40133. One 4-hour laboratory period per week. Laboratory experiments designed to establish the principles of physical chemistry and methods of physical chemical measurements.

CHEM 40133 Physical Chemistry II. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 40123, MATH 20524, PHYS 20483 or PHYS 10163 (or concurrent enrollment). Continuation of studies of the fundamental physical principles relating to the field of chemistry, with an emphasis on quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and kinetics.

CHEM 40172 Chemical Instrumentation. One hours lecture and one four-hour lab period per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 40123 and CHEM 40121. Theory and application of instrumental methods relevant to the analysis of small molecules and useful macromolecules. Includes electronic, vibrational, NMR, and mass spectroscopic techniques.

CHEM 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).

CHEM 40501 Basic Biochemistry Laboratory. Basic biochemistry lab.

CHEM 40503 Basic Biochemistry. Biology 40503 Two hours lecture and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 30123 or equivalent. Fundamental chemical properties of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Emphasis is placed on the techniques of analysis of these compounds. Available for chemistry credit only to majors in Nutrition and Dietetics.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 50133 Biochemistry. 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. (Offered as BIOL or CHEM credit.)

CHEM 50143 Biochemistry. 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. (Offered as BIOL or CHEM credit.)

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 50223 Advanced Organic Chemistry. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30132, 30133 or permission of instructor. A detailed study of stereochemistry, important organic reactions and mechanisms, organic syntheses and fundamentals of synthetic design.

CHEM 50230 Special Problems in Chemistry. Advanced work in biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry to be determined by the previous preparation and interests of the individual student.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 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.

CHEM 50282 Advanced Physical Chemistry. Two hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 40123. An introduction to Quantum Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics is presented. Continuation of Chemistry 40113-40123.

CHEM 50290 Chemical Thermodynamics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 40113 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the applications of thermodynamics in chemistry. 1-3 hours of variable credit

CHEM 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 are discussed.

CHEM 50502 Biochemistry Laboratory. Two four-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 50143 or concurrent registration. (Offered as BIOL or CHEM credit.)

CHEM 50783 Environmental Chemistry. Prerequisites: 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. Cross listed with GEOL 50783.

CHEM 50993 Neurochemistry. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 50133 or permission of instructor. The elucidation of biomedical phenomena that subserve the characteristic activity of the nervous system or are associated with neurological diseases.

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