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.
MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics as well as a major requirement. Two of the following courses may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences as well as major requirements: CHE 1103, CHE 1113, PHY 1943, or PHY 1963.
- 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
- 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.
- 22 semester credit hours of support work in science, mathematics, and statistics:
- 19 semester credit hours of required courses:
MAT 1214 Calculus I
MAT 1224 Calculus II
PHY 1943, 1951 Physics for Scientists I and Laboratory
PHY 1963, 1971 Physics for Scientists II and Laboratory
STA 1053 Basic Statistics
- 3 additional semester credit hours of elective work from the College of Sciences, as approved by the advisor
- 19 semester credit hours of required courses:
- 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
|CHE 1103 or CHE 1143 (core and major)||3||CHE 1113 or CHE 1153 (core and major)||3|
|CHE 1121*||1||CHE 1131*||1|
|MAT 1214 (core and major)||4||MAT 1224||4|
|STA 1053||3||WRC 1023 (core)||3|
|WRC 1013 (core)||3||U.S. History & Diversity core||3|
|Total semester hours||14||Total semester hours||14|
|CHE 2603||3||CHE 2803||3|
|CHE 2612*||2||CHE 3643||3|
|CHE 3214||4||CHE 3652*||2|
|PHY 1943/1951||3/1||PHY 1963/1971||3/1|
|U.S. History & Diversity core||3|
|Total semester hours||13||Total semester hours||15|
|POL 1013 (core)||3|
|College of Sciences elective||3|
|Total semester hours||6|
|CHE 3804||4||CHE 3464||4|
|CHE 4303||3||CHE 3824||4|
|POL 1133 or 1213 (core)||3||Economics core||3|
|Free elective||3||Literature core||3|
|World Society & Issues core||3|
|Total semester hours||16||Total semester hours||14|
|CHE 4463||3||CHE 4213||3|
|CHE 4913 or CHE 4923||3||CHE 4971||1|
|Upper-division CHE elective||3||Free elective||3|
|Upper-division CHE elective||3||Upper-division CHE elective||3|
|Social & Behavioral Science core||3||Visual & Performing Arts core||3|
|Total semester hours||15||Total semester hours||13|
* 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.