Degree Program Overview

Approved by the American Chemical Society, Sam Houston State University’s chemistry program will give you a quality education in the fundamental knowledge of chemistry, including how to critically examine and analyze observations and how to use chemical understanding to propose solutions to problems that may arise in industry, academia, or various other careers associated with chemistry. You have the opportunity for hands-on experience in working with atomic absorption, gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, 60 MHz and 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and other standard instrumentation in the field.

At SHSU, you can major in chemistry with a chosen track for professional chemists or other technical careers, along with the option to choose an emphasis in biochemistry-biotechnology. The professional chemists track leads to an American Chemical Society certification and prepare students for graduate studies in traditional chemical fields. Students interested in professional schools, chemistry-associated industries, or secondary education may pursue the technical careers track. With an emphasis in biochemistry-biotechnology, students are prepared for careers in biotech companies across the state and nation. A strong skill set in mathematics is strongly suggested for the chemistry program.

Coursework

Students are required to choose one of two tracks listed above.

A minor is required for this degree, and a variety of minors can complement a major in chemistry. Some of the more popular minors include biology, criminal justice, general business, mathematics, and education.

Study Abroad

The Department of Chemistry has a study abroad program in Germany in which students carry out summer undergraduate research at a German university and can experience the culture and approach to chemical education in Europe.

Careers in Chemistry

  • Continued studies in professional school
  • Work in chemistry-related industries
  • Teach chemistry in high school

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science
Length 120-128 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Chemistry brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15