Our competitive undergraduate programs are recognized by the American Chemical Society and meet their extensive academic requirements. Explore numerous independent research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels and discover a wide range of career options in the advancing field of chemical sciences. Our programs prepare you for work in the STEM industry, academia, government, non-profit and entrepreneurship.
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Whether your interest is in the structure and chemical reactions in living systems, properties and reactions of organic or inorganic minerals and compounds, or how matter behaves on a molecular level, a degree in chemistry will prepare you for industry career or graduate studies. A wide variety of careers are available to chemists in industry, the government or academia. Options include, but are not limited to, chemical health and safety, toxicology, oil and petroleum, forensics, textiles, agriculture and food, polymers, environmental protection, and research.
There is a growing need for STEM educators. A degree in chemistry with a teacher certification will allow you to combine your passion for chemistry and the classroom. You’ll take courses in general and organic chemistry, physics, and biology. Our program offers specialized teaching courses for chemistry teachers including roles and responsibilities for STEM educators, technology-infused curriculum, and project-based learning in STEM. You’ll be required to complete a teaching residency senior year. After graduating, you’ll be certified to teach science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).
You can select a thesis study and a professional master degree. If you are interested in furthering your studies in chemistry, this program will enable you to work closely with faculty members with similar research interests. Faculty research interests within the department include metal binding, surface chemistry for industrially-important catalysts, ionic liquids as catalysts in organic reactions, porphyrin-based anion receptors, bacterial nucleic acid metabolism and green chemistry approaches. The non-thesis options include a professional master degree in chemistry, professional chemical business degree, or professional chemical education degree.
Waters ES-IM-TOF Mass Spectrometer
Characterize the structure of chemical compounds with our mass spectrometer. You’ll have access to this instrument in research courses such as CHEM 418. The mass spectrometer is housed in McFarland Science Building Room 309.
Varian AS400 NMR
Our nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer characterizes the structure of primarily organic chemicals. You’ll have the opportunity to use this instrument in research courses such as CHEM 418.rn
Thermo Fisher Gas Chromatograph
You’ll use the gas chromatograph in research courses such as CHEM 418 to characterize the structure of oils and fatty acids. This instrument is housed in McFarland Science Building Room 305. rn
Anasazi 90 MHz NMR
Characterize the structure of synthesized organic compounds with our Anasazi spectrometer. You’ll use this instrument in your organic chemistry laboratories (CHEM 2123/CHEM 2125). This instrument is housed in McFarland Science Building Room 309. rn
Thermo Fisher ICP-OES System
Our new Thermo Fisher Inductive Coupled Plasma- Optical Emission Spectroscopy system is used to perform trace metal analysis with high precision. You'll have the opportunity to use this system in research courses such as CHEM 418.
Students and faculty representing the A&M-Commerce Department of Chemistry gave 12 presentations at the 78th American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting held Nov. 6-9 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Drs. Laurence Angel, Bukuo Ni and Thomas West accompanied 14 students, including: Undergraduate students: Graduate students: Learn more about the American Chemical Society and the Department of […]
A&M-Commerce chemistry student Shea Garland received recognition for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation in Organic Chemistry at the American Chemical Society’s recent 2021 Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, Texas. Garland is an Honors College student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Dr. Stephen Starnes, associate professor of chemistry at A&M-Commerce, said he is proud of […]
The A&M-Commerce Department of Chemistry is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for continued funding of the department’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The grant will fund REU summer programs through 2024 for community college students interested in chemistry. “Our REU program has supported community college students in North Texas since 2006,” […]
The A&M-Commerce Department of Chemistry is the recent recipient of a grant from The Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funding sources for chemical research at universities, colleges and other educational institutions in Texas. The foundation supports degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering. The foundation’s departmental grant program will award A&M-Commerce […]
The Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University-Commerce will host 11 community college and A&M-Commerce students this summer for a Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The 2021 REU, which begins June 6, is funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants were selected for demonstrating commendable academic preparation and enthusiasm for chemistry and science in […]
The late Georgia Mae Waters Dorrough gifted $975,000, through her estate, to the College of Science and Engineering at A&M-Commerce. The Georgia M. Dorrough Planetarium Endowment, the Georgia M. Dorrough Planetarium Maintenance Endowment, and the Georgia M. Dorrough Endowed Chair in Chemistry will significantly impact the university’s Department of Chemistry and Planetarium. According to Dr. […]
Four students from the College of Science and Engineering came home with top finishes at The Texas A&M University System's 16th Annual TAMUS Pathways Research Symposium, hosted on the campus of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, on November 7-8, 2019.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced today that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Mark Rudin as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rudin was selected during a telephonic meeting of the Board of Regents. “Dr. Rudin comes to A&M-Commerce with an impressive […]
Texas A&M University-Commerce has received a National Science Foundation grant totaling more than $1 million to fund a collaborative project titled, “Preparing a Community of Outstanding STEM Teachers for Rural and Urban Northeast Texas.” “I am thrilled to have been awarded this grant,” said Dr. William Newton, associate professor of physics and astronomy. “This collaboration […]
Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU)
REU is a unique research opportunity for Northeast Texas community college students interested in chemistry. Offered at A&M-Commerce, this summer-long program provides a rewarding research experience.
As a chemistry student, you’ll have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.