Prospective Students

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The student who wishes to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry may do so by following one of the four curriculum plans referred to as Concentrations. The options include general, environmental, biochemistry, and physical science education concentrations. Students who are pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, or pre-veterinary medicine may follow the biochemistry concentration. In addition, the biochemistry concentration offers an option which would allow students to pursue certification in clinical chemistry while obtaining their Bachelors in Chemistry.

The BS in Chemistry requires at least 120 semester hours with a university required minimum number of 45 upper-division hours. Students may have to take additional hours to meet university general education requirements such as First-Year Seminar courses. The major consists of at least 52 semester hours (24 upper-division), some of which may be designated courses outside of chemistry. Every candidate for the BS in Chemistry following the general, environmental, or biochemistry concentration must complete the Major Field Test in Chemistry (CHEM 4085) during their senior year, prior to graduation.

A prospective 8-12 physical science (chemistry or physics) teacher could obtain a BS in Chemistry while following the physical science education concentration. Details on the requirements for the physical science education concentration and for obtaining a teaching certificate are in the College of Science and Technology: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of the university catalog.

Master of Science in Chemistry

The Master’s Program in Chemistry will prepare students who plan technical careers, careers in chemical education at the secondary level or who aspire to enroll in doctoral programs.  This program is designed to provide students with a quality experience that will help them grow as scholars and as professionals.

The research and thesis work of our graduate students will reflect the strengths of the faculty in the areas of marine chemistry, coastal and marine system science, mechanical engineering and materials chemistry, computer science and computational chemistry, and environmental science. Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico offers numerous unique opportunities to conduct chemical research. Core courses are designed to enhance students’ breadth and depth of knowledge of chemistry principles and theories and to support their effectiveness as researchers.

Graduate students in the Chemistry Program are typically covered by either teaching assistantship or research assistantship, with a monthly stipend ranging from $1200 to $1800. See the Graduate Assistant Handbook for details. In addition, a number of external funding sources are also available to graduate students in the Chemistry Program.

To identify faculty mentors that suit your research/study interests, please visit our graduate faculty page. To apply, please visit College of Graduate Studies for more details.

Chemistry Student in TAMUCC Lab