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Department of Chemistry

Main Departmental Office
Masters Hall, 106-C
P.O. Box 305070
Denton, TX 76203-5070
(940) 565-2713
Fax: (940) 565-4318

E-mail: chem@unt.edu
Web site: www.chem.unt.edu

Undergraduate Advising Office
Chemistry Building, 207
(940) 565-3554

Ruthanne D. Thomas, Chair

Faculty

Professors Acree, Borden, Braterman, Cundari, Jones, Kelber, J. Marshall, P. Marshall, Richmond, Schwartz, Theriot, Thomas. Associate Professors Chyan, Golden, Mason. Assistant Professors Omary, Selby, Wilson. Lecturers Dandekar, Schaake.

Introduction

Chemistry, the study of matter and its reactions, provides basic understandings needed to deal with a variety of societal and scientific needs, including energy, food production, health and medicine, biotechnology, new materials, environmental concerns, new processes, and national defense. Chemistry is a science central to the study of modern physics, biology and medicine.

Current frontiers of experimental chemical investigation involve the areas of chemical reactions and reactivity, synthesis, analytical methods, catalysis and life processes.

Preprofessional Programs

See “Preprofessional Programs” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Concentrations under the chemistry major at the master’s and doctoral level are available in chemistry education (MS only), analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and industrial chemistry (MS only).

Recipients of the BS in Chemistry, and in some cases the BA, are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) if all requirements for professional training of chemists are met. Courses required for ACS certification may be obtained from the department’s Undergraduate Affairs Committee.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

This degree is designed for students planning for graduate study or positions in the chemical industry.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry must meet the following requirements.

  1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 132 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the “Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements” (excluding foreign language and natural and life sciences). The laboratory science requirement is satisfied only by physical sciences.
  2. Major Requirements: Minimum of 42 hours, including CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430; 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; 2370/3210, 2380/3220, 3451/3452, 3510/3230, 3520/3240, 4610/4620 and 4631/4632, plus 6 additional hours at the 4000 level or above (BIOC 4540 to satisfy ACS certification requirements).
  3. Minor Requirements: A minor of at least 18 hours in mathematics, computer science, physics, biology or geology (if taken as a laboratory science), of which 6 must be advanced.
  4. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720, 2700, 2730, PHYS 1710/1730 and 2220/2240.
  5. Electives: See four-year plan.
  6. Other Requirements: GPA of 2.5 on all advanced courses attempted in science and engineering courses (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics).

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree plan

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in chemistry is designed for students who want a technical degree with liberal arts orientation; for those who want minors in such areas as business administration, economics and education with teacher certification; and for students interested in life and health sciences.

Degree Requirements

  1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the “Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.”
  2. Major Requirements:
    Option I Required Courses:
    Minimum of 31 hours, including CHEM 1410/1430 or 1412/1430 or 1413/1430; 1420/1440 or 1422/1440 or 1423/1440; 2370/3210, 2380/3220, 3230, 3240, 3451/3452, 3510 and 3520, plus 3 additional hours at the 4000 level or BIOC 3621/3622. This option is recommended for those planning to pursue advanced studies in chemistry.
    Option II Required Courses: Minimum of 31 hours, including CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430; 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; 2370/3210, 2380/3220, 3230, 3451/3452 and 3510, plus 7 additional hours, which may include BIOC 3621/3622 and any 4000 level course.
    Option III Required Courses: Minimum of 31 hours, including CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430; 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; 2370/3210, 2380/3220, 3451/3452 and 3530, plus 7 additional hours, which may include BIOC 3621/3622 and any 4000 level course.
  3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710 and 1720, PHYS 1410/1430, 1420/1440 or 1710/1730, 2220/2240 (required of all students who expect to take further course work in physics).
  4. Minor: Optional.
  5. Electives: See four-year plan.
  6. Other Requirements: GPA of 2.5 on all advanced courses attempted in science and engineering courses (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics).

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Chemistry degree plan

Minor in Chemistry

Recommended minor: CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430; 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; 2370/3210, 2380/3220, plus, 3451/3452, or 3530 or 4670 (plus 1 advanced hour) or BIOC 3621/3622.

Minor for Chemical Technicians

Completion of this minor satisfies course requirements for certification as a “Certified Chemical Technician” by the American Institute of Chemists: CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430; CHEM 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; CHEM 2370/3210, 2380/3220 or 3601/3602; CHEM 3451/3452 or 3610; and CHEM 4631/4632.

Teacher Certification

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student’s academic adviser in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB, Room 220, can assist students with specific requirements for teacher certification in Physical Science utilizing a chemistry major. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in Physical Science.

Requirements: CHEM1410/1430, 1420/1440, 2370/3210, 2380/3220, 3451/3452, 3530, 4700; BIOC 3621/3622; BIOL 1710/1730, 1720/1740; GEOG 1710; GEOL 4710; PHYS 1510/1530, 1520/1540, 4610/4630. See major for additional course work and GPA requirements.

Students must also complete the required 21 hours in upper-level education courses (EDSE 3800, 3830, 4060, 4070, 4108, 4118, 4840) and meet all GPA requirements to apply for state certification. In order to enroll for the first required education course, the student must make application to the certification program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall, Room 105.

All state certification requirements and information on required examinations is available on the web site of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), www.sbec.state.tx.us.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.