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Advising Guide for Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors

Advisors.

Dr. Robert Neilson, SWR 439, Tel. 817-257-7345, r.neilson@tcu.edu :  BS and BA chemistry majors who are not on a pre-health track.

Dr. Youngha Ryu, SWR 442, Tel. 817-257-6199, y.ryu@tcu.edu :  BS biochemistry majors who are not on a pre-health track.

Dr. Jeffery Coffer, SWR 419, Tel. 817-257-6223, j.coffer@tcu.edu :  BS and BA chemistry majors who are on a pre-health track.

Dr. David Minter, SWR 433, Tel. 817-257-6205, d.minter@tcu.edu :  BS biochemistry and BS or BA chemistry majors who are on a pre-health track.

Advising appointments with Drs. Neilson and Ryu may be arranged in person or by telephone or e-mail.  Pre-health advising with Drs. Coffer and Minter for pre-registration can be arranged on-line at https://appt.tcu.edu/prehealth.php

 

Curriculum.

Chemistry is available as a major on the BA and BS degrees or as a minor.  Biochemistry is available on the BS degree.  The BS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry are comprehensive and are designed for those who plan a professional career in the chemical sciences.  Professional certification by the American Chemical Society is available upon completion of specific course requirements.  The BA degree is devised for students with a general interest in the field but who do not plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  The BA degree is a popular option for pre-health professional students.

 

Degree Requirements.

BA Degree:  A minimum of 124 hours total to include 24 hours of chemistry, calculus I, a minor or second major in another area, 4 semesters of foreign language, the university CORE requirements and electives.  The specifically required courses in chemistry are listed in the current TCU Catalog.

BS Degree in Chemistry:  A minimum of 124 hours total to include 38 hours of chemistry, calculus I and II, physics I and II, the university CORE requirements and electives.  The specifically required courses in chemistry are listed in the current TCU Catalog.

BS Degree in Biochemistry:  A minimum of 124 hours total to include 38 hours of chemistry, 14 hours of biology, calculus I, statistics, physics I and II, university CORE requirements and electives.  The specifically required courses in chemistry and biology are listed in the current TCU Catalog.

Professional certification by the American Chemical Society for both of the BS degrees requires additional courses and should be discussed with your advisor.

 

Additional Guidelines.

      Pass/No Credit Grading:  Two courses (up to 8 hours) may be taken P/NC.  This does not apply to any course taken in the major or minor or as an associated requirement.

Transfer Credits:  A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from another university after you are enrolled at TCU.  Only courses from 4-year universities (not junior or community colleges) may be transferred after you have achieved 54 semester hours.  A Transfer Credit Request must be filed with the College of Science & Engineering prior to taking courses at another university.

GPA:  A cumulative 2.0 GPA at TCU and a cumulative 2.0 GPA in chemistry courses are required for graduation.

Upper Division Courses:  At least 42 hours of coursework at the 30000 level or above are required for graduation.

Residency:  At least 58 hours of coursework must be taken at TCU and the last 30 hours must be uninterrupted by transfer work.

Chemistry Courses

Offered Every Fall Offered Every Spring
CHEM 10113 – General Chemistry I CHEM 10122 – General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 30121 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory CHEM 10123 – General Chemistry II
CHEM 30123 – Organic Chemistry I CHEM 20123 – Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 40091 – Senior Seminar CHEM 30133 – Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 40121 – Physical Chemistry Lab I CHEM 30143 – Organic Qualitative Analysis
CHEM 40123 – Physical Chemistry I CHEM 40131 – Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 50133 – Biochemistry CHEM 40133 – Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 50162 – Adv. Inorganic Chemistry Lab CHEM 40172 – Chemical Instrumentation
CHEM 50163 – Adv. Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 50143 – Biochemistry
CHEM 50223 – Adv. Organic Chemistry
CHEM 50282 – Adv. Physical Chemistry
CHEM 50502 – Biochemistry Laboratory

 

The research components of the BS degrees may be satisfied with CHEM 40200 (Undergraduate Research – offered each semester), CHEM 40003 (Senior Honors Research Project – offered every fall) and CHEM 40013 (Senior Honors Research Paper – offered every spring).

 

Typical Academic Path.

Freshman Year:  Chemistry/biochemistry majors should complete the general chemistry requirements by taking CHEM 10113 and CHEM 10123 + either CHEM 10122 or 20123.  Biochemistry majors and pre-health students should also complete the general biology sequence (BIOL 10501, 10503, 10511 and 10513).  The remaining courses may include English, math and other CORE courses such that the total number of hours ranges from 28 to 32 for the freshman year.  Physics I and II are popular summer courses, but may also be included in the freshman or sophomore year.

 

Sophomore Year:  Chemistry/biochemistry majors should complete the organic chemistry sequence by taking CHEM 30121, 30123, 30133 and 30143.  Biochemistry majors and pre-health students should also take cell biology (BIOL 30603) and statistics (Math 10043).  Additional math through calculus I should be completed by the end of the sophomore year in order to meet the prerequisite for physical chemistry in the junior year.  The remaining courses may include English and other CORE courses such that the total number of hours ranges from 28 to 32 for the sophomore year.

 

Junior Year:  Chemistry majors will take the physical chemistry sequence (CHEM 40121, 40123, 40131 and 40133) along with calculus II and physics I and II provided these courses have not already been completed.  Biochemistry majors are required to take only the first half of physical chemistry (CHEM 40121 and 40123).  Biochemistry majors have the option of taking the 8-hour biochemistry course sequence (CHEM 50133, 50143 and 50502) in the junior or the senior year.  This degree also requires an additional advanced biology elective course that should be taken in the junior year.  Both chemistry and biochemistry majors should consult their advisors before embarking on the junior year since there is considerable flexibility in the scheduling of courses in these majors.  The research component must be planned carefully to allow ample time for completion of the research project.

 

Senior Year:  Chemistry/biochemistry majors must take the Senior Seminar (CHEM 40091) during the fall semester.  The remaining courses may include missing CORE classes, research courses, electives and remaining chemistry classes particularly those that may be required for a certified degree from the American Chemistry Society.