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Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry provides opportunities for preparation for careers in industry, governmental agencies, environmental studies, preprofessional programs, and medical technology, and for graduate study in chemistry or other related fields. The degree plan, as described below for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, meets the minimum requirements for professional chemists as defined by the American Chemical Society, and recipients receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All major and support work courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

STA 1053 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Math­ematics as well as a major requirement. The following two courses may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences as well as major requirements: PHY 1943 and PHY 1963.

Degree Requirements

  1. 50 semester credit hours of required courses in chemistry:

    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I (or CHE 1143 Principles of Chemistry I)
    CHE  1113  General Chemistry II (or CHE 1153 Principles of Chemistry II)
    CHE  1121  General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  1131  General Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHE  2603  Organic Chemistry I
    CHE  2612  Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  2803  Quantitative Topics for Chemists
    CHE  3214  Analytical Chemistry
    CHE  3464  Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
    CHE  3643  Organic Chemistry II
    CHE  3652  Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHE  3804  Physical Chemistry I and Laboratory
    CHE  3824  Physical Chemistry II and Laboratory
    CHE  4213  Instrumental Analysis
    CHE  4303  Biochemistry
    CHE  4463  Inorganic Chemistry

    CHE  4913  Independent Study
    CHE  4923  Special Project in Chemistry

    CHE  4971  Proseminar

  2. 9 additional semester credit hours of approved upper-division chemistry electives, 6 hours of which must be organized courses in chemistry, at the 4000 level or above; no more than 3 semester credit hours may be from CHE 4913 Independent Study, CHE 4923 Special Project in Chemistry or CHE 4993 Honors Research.

  3. 22 semester credit hours of support work in science, mathematics, and statistics:

    1. 19 semester credit hours of required courses:

      MAT  1214          Calculus I
      MAT  1224          Calculus II
      PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
      PHY  1963, 1971  Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory
      STA  1053           Basic Statistics

    2. 3 additional semester credit hours of elective work from the College of Sciences, as approved by the advisor

  4. 6 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.S. Degree in Chemistry

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Chemistry degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.S. in Chemistry - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
CHE 1103 or 1143 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 1121 General Chemistry I Laboratory * 1
MAT 1214 Calculus I 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
CHE 1113 or 1153 General Chemistry II 3
CHE 1131 General Chemistry II Laboratory * 1
MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core and major) 3
Second Year
CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 2612 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory * 2
CHE 3214 Analytical Chemistry 4
PHY 1943
& PHY 1951
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core and major) 4
CHE 2803 Quantitative Topics for Chemists 3
CHE 3643 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 3652 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory * 2
PHY 1963
& PHY 1971
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (core and major) 4
American History core   3
Government-Political Science core   3
College of Sciences elective   3
Third Year
CHE 3804 Physical Chemistry I and Laboratory 4
CHE 4303 Biochemistry 3
Free elective   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
CHE 3464 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHE 3824 Physical Chemistry II and Laboratory 4
American History core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Fourth Year
CHE 4463 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 4913 or 4923 Independent Study 3
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Component Area Option core   3
CHE 4213 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHE 4971 Proseminar 1
Free elective   3
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Creative Arts core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* These laboratory courses include a lecture component as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes.

Note: Some courses are only offered once a year; Fall or Spring. Check with the Department of Chemistry for scheduling of courses.

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