Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Chemistry

Professor Boles Chairperson; Professors J. Carrick, Lisic, Zhang; Associate Professors W. Carroll, Crouse, Gichuhi, Jiang, Rezsnyak, Swartling, Zhan; Assistant Professors Callender, Dan, Gurusinghe, Murphy; Senior Instructors A.M. Carrick, Coonce, Instructor Rust; Senior Lecturer A. Carroll; Lecturer Cashman, Majors; Instructors Cojocaru, Moldenhauer.

Within the major in Chemistry, the Department of Chemistry offers three concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree:

  1. The Pure Chemistry concentration is intended to prepare students for both graduate school and a career as a professional chemist. This concentration exceeds the requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society.
  2. The Biochemistry concentration is intended to serve students interested in professional school, including those who have declared a Career Track , and those who wish to pursue graduate work at the chemistry-biology interface.
  3. Environmental Chemistry concentration - Chemistry plays a central role in all environmental issues. No student can be considered prepared to contribute to this field without a solid background in chemistry. This option incorporates a significant amount of supporting coursework in contributing sciences, such as biology, agriculture, and geology.
  4. Forensic Chemistry concentration - Forensic science is an interdisciplinary field incorporating aspects of chemistry, biology, and physics. While it is certainly an area of current popular interest, it has long been a career pathway for chemistry graduates, whose curriculum fits these demands particularly well. This option combines the essential elements of chemistry with supporting coursework in biology and criminal justice.
  5. Health Science Chemistry concentration - This option provides a four-year content degree in chemistry for students who are interested in professional school in a health sciences field, particularly students who are in the Career Tracks of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant and other related health career track programs. Supporting coursework in biology is chosen from those courses required or encouraged by professional schools.
  6. Business Chemistry concentration - This option is intended for those who are more interested in the business side of the chemical industry or in a management career in a technical industry. The non-chemistry component of this option includes most, if not all, of the coursework necessary to obtain a minor in business or enter the Fast-Track MBA program offered by the TTU College of Business.
  7. Industrial Chemistry concentration - This option is intended for students who wish to pursue a technical career in a chemistry-related industry. Many companies seek employees with a chemical background but do not need the rigorous training found in the ACS Chemistry concentration. An integral part of this program is a minimum of one year of cooperative employment experience
  8. Custom Chemistry concentration – This program allows for the creation of a program of study outside of the fixed alternatives above. With the aid of the advisor, the study can create a personalized chemistry curriculum, suitable to their career goals.


A.C.S. Certification

A student in any chemistry concentration may attain certification by the American Chemical Society as determined by the Chemistry faculty. The Chemistry Department defines specific areas of certification including, but not restricted to, pure chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry. The requirements for certification in these areas are outside the curricular

requirements of the three major concentrations. To attain ACS-certification within one of the following concentrations, a student must complete the following minimum requirements: 1. The student must take MATH 1920. 2. The student must take CHEM 2010, CHEM 3510, CHEM 4210 (5210), CHEM 4520 (5520), CHEM 4610 (5610) and CHEM 4991. CHEM 3510 and CHEM 4520 (5520) may be substituted for CHEM 3500 and CHEM 3420, respectively, in curricula where the lower courses are required. 3. The student must take a minimum of two advanced courses chosen from: CHEM 3520, CHEM 4110 (5110), CHEM 4150 (5150), CHEM 4310 (5310), CHEM 4320 (5320), CHEM 4410 (5410), CHEM 4620 (5620), CHEM 4650 (5650), CHEM 4710 (5710), CHEM 4720 (5720).

4. The advanced courses above must include a minimum of three credit hours of laboratory including either CHEM 4150 (5150) or CHEM 4650 (5650).

5. Requirements for specific areas of certification can be obtained from the Chemistry Advisor.


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