Department of Chemistry

BS in Chemistry (Professional Chemist) | BS in Chemistry (Other Technical Careers) | BS in Forensic Chemistry | BS in Chemistry Chemical Engineering | Minor in Chemistry | Course Descriptions


The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.

Chair: Richard (Rick) E. Norman (936) 294-1527

Faculty: Benny Arney, Tom Chasteen, Mary Lynn DeShazo, Dustin Gross, Donovan Haines, Paul Loeffler, Rick Norman, Ilona Petrikovics, David Thompson, Rick White, Darren Williams

Website: www.shsu.edu/~chemistry/

Mission

The Department of Chemistry is committed to providing an educational environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual development, and the acquisition of a foundation of knowledge and techniques required of professional chemists. This goal requires the effective representation of the fundamental areas of chemistry, a dedicated and creative faculty, and support for the many functions of the department.

Academic Programs

The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. Chemistry majors may pursue the Bachelor of Science for professional chemists that leads to American Chemical Society certification and prepares students for graduate studies in traditional chemical fields. Students interested in professional schools, chemistry associated industries, or secondary education may pursue the Bachelor of Science for other technical careers. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with emphasis in Biochemistry-Biotechnology prepares students for careers in biotech companies in the Houston area and across the state and nation. The growing interest in Forensic Science has prompted the Department of Chemistry to offer a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry that is designed to prepare students for careers combining a knowledge of chemistry and the legal system. Students completing this degree can pursue opportunities in various forensic labs across the country, or can continue their education either in the graduate program in Forensic Science, or in graduate programs that are more traditional.

Highlights

  • The Department of Chemistry has a study abroad program in Germany in which students carry out summer undergraduate research in a German University and can experience the culture and approach to chemical education in Europe.
  • The Department of Chemistry moved into an impressive new facility (the Chemistry/ Forensic Science Building) during the Fall semester of 2005 greatly expanding and improving the laboratory facilities.

Career Opportunities

Everything around you is composed of chemicals. We live in a world of chemicals and life would not be possible without them. An understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry is important for everyone in today’s society. Professional chemists are working to enhance our quality of life by improvements in food, medicine, clothing, building supplies, products for recreation, and a whole range of consumer products.

Virtually every industry or business that makes or sells a product is involved in chemistry. It is no wonder that the various areas of chemical and biochemical technology offer the largest field of employment in the physical sciences. Chemists are employed in fields such as:

  • Environmental Analysis
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Waste Management
  • Energy Production
  • Forensic Science
  • Petrochemical Industry

Chemistry graduates will find many applications for their training in the fields of education, business, industry, law, government, and medicine.

Suggested Minors

A variety of minors can complement a major in chemistry. Some of the more popular minors in recent years have been biology, criminal justice, general business, and mathematics. Others have included education, history, political science, and psychology.

Student Organizations

Chemistry Club - The Chemistry Club is an active organization which encourages student interactions in a social atmosphere and which supports student travel to professional meetings.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the Department in Chemistry and from the University to support students’ studies. For further information, contact the Chair, Department of Chemistry or visit Department of Chemistry. Information on University scholarships may be obtained at Office of Academic Scholarships or telephone (936) 294-1774.

Curriculum

Chemistry students learn how to critically examine and analyze observations, to use chemical understanding to propose solutions to problems of a quantitative or qualitative nature that may arise in industry, in academia or in various careers associated with chemistry. Students majoring in Chemistry 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 chemistry.

Required Courses for Major

Required courses: CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>, 241 <2401>, 410 <4100>, 440 <4440>, 448 <44448>, 467 <4367>, 32 hrs.

Students will select one of the following tracks:

  • BS for Professional Chemists: CHM 348 <CHEM 3438>, 426 <4260>, 449 <4449>, 495 <4395>, CHM <CHEM>
    3 hrs. Advanced
    16 hrs.
  • BS for Other Technical Careers: CHM 426 <4260>, 495 <4395>, CHM <CHEM>
    3 hrs. Advanced
    8 hrs.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science
Major in Chemistry for Professional Chemists

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6 Freshman
Component Area II (Mathematics)1 3 Freshman
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8 Freshman or Sophomore
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9 Throughout
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15 Throughout
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1  
Degree Specific Requirements
MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1 4 Freshman
MTH 143 <MATH 1430> 4 Freshman
PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101>2 4 Sophomore
PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> 4 Sophomore
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330> 3 Sophomore or Junior
Major Core
Major
CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111> 4 Freshman Fall Term
CHM 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112> 4 Freshman Spring Term
CHM 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123> 4 Sophomore Fall Term
CHM 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125> 4 Sophomore Spring Term
CHM 241 <CHEM 2401> 4 Sophomore or Junior
CHM 348 <CHEM 3438> 4 Junior or Senior Fall Term
CHM 448 <CHEM 4448> 4 Junior Fall Term
CHM 449 <CHEM 4449> 4 Junior Spring Term
CHM 440 <CHEM 4440> 4 Junior or Senior Fall Term
CHM 426 <CHEM 4260> 2 Senior Spring Term
CHM 467 <CHEM 4367> 3 Senior Spring Term
CHM 410 <CHEM 4100> 1 Junior or Senior
CHM 495 <CHEM 4395> 3 Junior or Senior
CHM <CHEM>  Advanced elective3 3 Junior or Senior
Minor (if required)
A minor, including 6 advanced hours is required.4 18  
Electives    
General electives 6  
Advanced electives 6  
Total Hours:  120 - 128  

Notes:

1MTH 142<MATH 1420> satisfies the Component Area II requirement and the degree specific requirement.
2 PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101> and PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> satisfy the Component Area III requirement and the degree specific requirement.
3 CHM 367 <CHEM 3367>,368 <3368>, 339 <3339>, 442 <4442>, and 443 <4443> are recommended.
4A minor in MTH <MATH>, for instance, only requires 10 additional hours beyond MTH 142 <MATH 1420> & 143 <1430>.
A minor generally requires six semesters of coursework, a minimum of 18 credits (six advanced) in an approved field.
Students should use elective and minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science
Major in Chemistry for Other Technical Careers

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)1 6 Freshman
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3 Freshman
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8 Freshman or Sophomore
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9 Throughout
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15 Throughout
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1  
Degree Specific Requirements
MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1 4 Freshman
MTH 143 <MATH 1430> 4 Freshman
PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101>2 4 Sophomore
PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> 4 Sophomore
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330 3 Sophomore or Junior
Major Core
Major
PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> 4 Sophomore
CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111> 4 Freshman Fall Term
CHM 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123> 4 Sophomore Fall Term
CHM 239/ 219 <CHEM 2325/2125> 4 Sophomore Spring Term
CHM 241 <CHEM 2401> 4 Sophomore or Junior
CHM 448 <CHEM 4448>
4 Junior Fall Term
CHM 440 <CHEM 4440> 4 Junior or Senior Fall Term
CHM 426 <CHEM 4260> 4 Senior Spring Term
CHM 467 <CHEM 4367> 3 Senior Spring Term
CHM 410 <CHEM 4100> 1 Junior or Senior
CHM 495 <CHEM 4395> 3 Junior or Senior
CHM <CHEM>Advanced elective3 3 Junior or Senior
Minor (if required)
A minor, including 6 advanced hours is required.4 18  
Electives    
General electives 6  
Advanced electives 14  
Total Hours: 120-128

Notes:
1MTH 142 <MATH 1420>
satisfies the Component Area II requirement and the degree specific requirement.
2PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101> and PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> satisfy the Component Area III requirement and the degree specific requirement.
3 CHM 367 <CHEM 3367>,368 <3368>, 339 <3339>, 442 <4442>, and 443 <4443> are recommended.
4A minor in MTH <MATH>, for instance, only requires 10 additional hours beyond MTH 142 <MATH 1420> & 143 <1430>.
A minor generally requires six semesters of coursework, a minimum of 18 credits (six advanced) in an approved field.
Students should use elective and minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Teacher Certification

Students seeking a background that will prepare them to teach chemistry at the secondary level might pursue a major in chemistry with a minor in secondary education, or they might major in chemistry, minor in another discipline, and seek alternative teaching certification.

Emphasis in Biochemistry-Biotechnology

Students seeking a background that will prepare them for the emerging technologies in biochemistry and biotechnology can select advanced courses that will lead to a major in chemistry and a minor in biology.

Emphasis in Forensic Science

Students seeking a background that will prepare them for careers in Forensic Science can select advanced courses that lead to a major in chemistry and a minor in Criminal Justice and/or Biology.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Forensic Chemistry

Students seeking background and training in the area of forensic science can get a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry with a Criminal Justice minor. This degree option educates students for careers in forensic chemistry in both private and government arenas and also prepares students to enter graduate schools in forensic science.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6 Freshman
Component Area II (Mathematics)1 3 Freshman
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8 Freshman or Sophomore
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9 Throughout
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15 Throughout
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1  
Degree Specific Requirements
MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1 4 Freshman
MTH 143 <MATH 1430> 4 Freshman
PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101>2 4 Sophomore
PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> 4 Sophomore
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330> 3 Sophomore or Junior
BIO 161/111 <BIOL 1311/1111>3 33 Freshman
BIO 162/112 <BIOL 1313/1113>3 33 Freshman
BIO 244 <BIOL 2440> 4 Sophomore
BIO 345 <BIOL 3450> 4 Sophomore or Junior
Major Core
Major
CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111> 4 Freshman Fall Term
CHM 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112> 4 Freshman Spring Term
CHM 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123> 4 Sophomore Fall Term
CHM 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125> 4 Sophomore Spring Term
CHM 241 <CHEM 2401> 4 Sophomore or Junior
CHM 348 <CHEM 3438> 4 Junior Fall Term
CHM 448 <CHEM 4448> 4 Junior Fall Term
CHM 410 <CHEM 4100> 1 Senior
CHM 440 <CHEM 4440> 4 Senior Fall Term
CHM 467 <CHEM 4367> 3 Senior Spring Term
CHM 480 <CHEM 4380> 3 Senior Spring Term
Minor (if required)  CJ minor required
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> 3 Sophomore
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> 3 Sophomore
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> 3 Junior
CJ 366 <CRIJ 3366> 3 Junior
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> 3 Senior
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> 3 Senior
Electives
Advanced electives4 7  
Total Hours: 128

Notes:

1MTH 142 <MATH 1420>satisfies the Component Area II requirement and the degree specific requirement.
2PHY 138/118 <PHYS 1301/1101> and PHY 139/119 <PHYS 1302/1102> satisfy the Component Area III requirement and the degree specific requirement.
3BIO 111 <BIOL 1111> and BIO 112 <BIOL 1113>are not required for the forensic chemistry major but are prerequisites for BIO 244 <BIOL 2440>, 345 <3450> and other BIO <BIOL> classes.
4Students who are interested in the M.S. in Forensic Science program at SHSU are encouraged to take BIO 347 <BIOL 3470> and 480 <4480>as the advanced electives.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering

A Dual Degree Plan for Concurrent Bachelor of Science Degrees
from Sam Houston State University and Universities with
Recognized Accredited Chemical Engineering Degree Programs

In this plan the student completes three years in Chemistry at Sam Houston State University and two years in Chemical Engineering at a university with a recognized accredited chemical engineering degree program. On successful completion of the curriculum shown below and the chemical engineering curriculum at a university with a recognized accredited degree program in chemical engineering, the student will receive two Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry from Sam Houston State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the university with the recognized accredited chemical engineering degree program.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6 Freshman
Component Area II (Mathematics)1 3 Freshman
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8 Freshman
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9 Throughout
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15 Throughout
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1  
Degree Specific Requirements
MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1 4 Freshman
MTH 143 <MATH 1430> 4 Freshman
MTH 244 <MATH 2440> 4 Sophomore
MTH 376 <MATH 3376> 3 Junior
PHY 141 <PHYS 1411> 4 Freshman
PHY 142 <PHYS 1422> 4 Sophomore
PHY 245 <PHYS 2426> 4 Sophomore
IT 161 <ITEC 1361> 3 Junior
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330> 3 Sophomore
Major Core
Major
CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>2 4 Freshman Fall Term
CHM 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>2 4 Freshman Spring Term
CHM 241 <CHEM 2401> 4 Sophomore
CHM 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123> 4 Sophomore Fall Term
CHM 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125> 4 Sophomore Spring Term
CHM 448 <CHEM 4448> 4 Junior Fall Term
CHM 449 <CHEM 4449> 4 Junior Spring Term
CHM 410 <CHEM 4100> 1 Junior
CHM 426 <CHEM 4260> 2 Junior Spring Term
CHM <CHEM>Advanced elective 3 Junior
Minor (if required)
Two years (60 credit hours) of advanced courses in Chemical Engineering from a University with a Recognized Accredited Chemical Engineering Degree Program are also required (60) Senior and Fifth year
Total Hours: 98 + 60
(98 at SHSU, 60 at a ChemE program)

Notes:
1MATH 142  <MATH 1420>
satisfies the Component Area II requirement and the degree specific requirement.
2CHM 138/118/139/119 <CHEM 1311>/<1111>/<1312>/<1112> satisfy the Component Area III requirements and major requirements.

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in Chemistry requires a minimum of six semesters of coursework and shall include CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <1312/1112>, 238/218 <2323/2123>, 239/219 <2325/2125>, 241 <2401>, and six semester hours of advanced chemistry including one advanced laboratory course. For students majoring in Food Science and Nutrition, the minor consists of CHEM 138/118 <1311/1111>, 139/119 <1312/1112>, 238/218 <2323/2123>, 239/219 <2325/2125>, 348 <3438>, and 339 <3339>.


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