Chemistry


Your future in Chemistry

Do you enjoy discovering how materials are made? Are you interested in conducting experiments? Do you like working with your hands? A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of North Texas may be for you.

Chemists work for:

  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Electronic and scientific instrument manufacturers
  • Food, oil and gas, and paper manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • National and private laboratories
  • Research firms

Our chemistry alumni include a former president of Dow Corning Corp.-Europe, a former head patent attorney for Eli Lilly and Co., two past presidents of the American College of Surgeons, and many other outstanding researchers and university professors.

Recent graduates have been heavily recruited for industrial and government positions or have attended some of the country’s top graduate and medical schools.

What we offer

We provide you a quality education by combining formal classroom instruction with training on state-of-the- art instruments. Our degree programs include a:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree that qualifies you to be a professional chemist with an industry or university
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree with a concentration in forensic science if you want a career in a private or forensic lab
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry that prepares you for careers in a chemistry-related area such as business, marketing and sales, professional health services, environmental studies, pharmacology and patent law
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with teaching certification that equips you for teaching chemistry and related sciences in elementary and secondary schools

The forensic science program is one of only two bachelor’s programs in Texas and one of only 38 programs nationwide certified by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (410 North 21st St.; Colorado Springs, Colo. 80904; telephone 719-636-1100).

Many opportunities are available for our students to participate in undergraduate research. This helps you prepare for graduate school, gain experience for an internship or publish in a scientific journal.

Our faculty members include professors honored by the American Chemical Society and one of the world’s foremost computational chemists. Their research spans the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and chemical education. They also collaborate with other UNT departments in computational, materials and organometallic chemistry. Our computational chemistry research group is one of the largest in the nation.

The Chemistry Resource Center and the Computational Chemistry Instructional Laboratory provide mentoring and tutoring services to Chemistry majors. You can also participate in the student chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity.

Our department has several scholarships, monetary awards and jobs available to help you pursue your degree. We can also help you apply for national and international scholarships.

The chemistry program is recognized for its excellence in education, earning accreditation from the American Chemical Society (1155 Sixteenth St., NW; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 800-227-5558).

What to expect

Regardless of your degree plan as a Chemistry major, you will take courses in:

  • Analytical chemistry studying the structure, composition and nature of substances
  • Inorganic chemistry studying noncarbonbased compounds such as those in electronic components
  • Organic chemistry studying carbon-based compounds such as those in medicines and plastics
  • Physical chemistry studying characteristics of atoms and molecules and chemical reactions

You will also take courses in statistical measurements and methods.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.