Formulate Your Future
Explore all the possibilities and prepare for a wide range of career options in the chemical sciences. Our department offers two undergraduate programs certified by the American Chemical Society to educate and equip you for a successful career in chemical sciences. We also offer a teaching track to prepare you for the high-school classroom. As you practice chemical reasoning, learn quantitative and instrumental analysis, and complete detailed studies of matter, you'll learn to use scientific knowledge for advanced innovation and global sustainability.
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.
I like to understand the world around me at the atomic level. Chemistry allows me to understand how and why things work the way they do.
Learning organic chemistry is like learning a foreign language; once you learn the basics you can begin to communicate and reason effectively as a scientist.
Become a part of the STEM Education Alliance. Four departments have partnered together to provide you with the tools and resources needed to excel in education. Our program offers collegiate-level teaching and tutoring experiences through the Learning Assistant program. You'll also have access to several scholarships designed for STEM majors.
As a chemistry student, you can branch into other fields of study at the graduate level or focus on a specific area of chemistry that matches your interest. You can become a highly valued scientist, providing companies with your knowledge and approach to problem-solving toward physical, life and applied sciences. Graduates are well-positioned to transition quickly when internship and job opportunities present themselves.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce chemistry students.
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, involving 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.