Focus Your Passion
Our department offers four different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. Those who are pursuing graduate studies and professional programs are encouraged to earn an ACS-approved degree. Discover which program works best for you.
ACS Professional Track
Our ACS professional degree track is approved by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for a wide variety of careers in industry, government and education. You'll take additional courses in physical chemistry, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you'll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the American Chemical Society.
ACS Certified with Biochemistry Emphasis
Combine your passion for medical discovery and STEM innovation with our biochemistry emphasis. Our program is certified by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for careers in health sciences, academia and chemical research. You’ll take additional courses in cell biology, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you’ll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the ACS.
Note: We recommend this track to students interested in medical school.
Chemistry Teaching Emphasis
Take your knowledge to the high-school classroom with our teaching emphasis option. You’ll take additional courses in chemistry lab design, biology and advanced chemistry. Our combined education program also offers courses in learning process and development, project-based learning in STEM and pedagogy. When you graduate, you’ll be certified to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12).
The chemistry degree offers a strong foundation in chemical sciences. Our comprehensive program provides the knowledge needed to continue graduate studies or pursue careers in the chemical and health care industry. While here, you’ll apply basic theories and practices of chemistry in the laboratory through our research opportunities.
SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY
Take on our mission to build a better Texas that is eager to compete in an interconnected world with creativity, ethical leadership and imagination. We don’t just discover the future, we make it.
The College of Science and Engineering is a gateway to in-demand STEM careers projected to make up a significant portion of the U.S. and global economy.
Shape an innovative framework with an award-winning faculty including four Regents Professors, a highly selective honor granted for exemplary contributions to their university, community and the state of Texas.
Our faculty will help you tackle complex challenges and discover solutions with hands-on research in various fields.
Chemistry students seeking teacher certification aim to share their knowledge in the high school classroom. As a student in this program, you will participate in a required residency at a nearby public school where you will gain first-hand classroom experience. With this degree, you can become a sought-after STEM educator. After graduation, you’ll be well equipped to transition to the classroom environment.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
You will consider the reactions of aliphatic compounds in terms of molecular orbital theory, carbonium ion, carbanion and free radical reaction mechanisms.
You will learn the fundamental theories of chemistry including a detailed study of the properties of matter in the gaseous, liquid and solid states.
In this course, you will cover the theories and techniques of classical quantitative analysis and modern instrumental analysis.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.