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Undergraduate Program

What degrees are available?

Three different undergraduate degrees are available in chemistry. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires a total of 124 credit hours including at least 24 credit hours in chemistry and a lesser concentration (a minor) in another field of your choice. Although the BA is ideally suited for career goals such as medicine, patent law, scientific writing, or a variety of health and technological fields, it does not provide the breadth or depth required for a professional chemist or advanced graduate study.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Chemistry & Biochemistry are comprehensive degrees that prepare students for professional cheimstry careers and advanced graduate study. The BS requires a total of 132 credit hours including at least 38 credit hours in chemistry and a number of associated courses in mathematics and physics. Certification by the American Chemical Society is available.

What will I experience studying at TCU?
The chemistry program at TCU provides the student with:

  • Practical course work that requires students to solve chemical problems
  • A theoretical understanding of physical and chemical phenomena
  • Laboratory experiences that develop technical skills and expose students to modern instrumentation
  • An appreciation of the history of chemistry and its relationships to other sciences

BS degrees include a required research component, carried out under the direction of a faculty member and designed to enhance the student’s ability to analyze data and create new chemical knowledge. With the help of an advisor, each chemistry major can design a program of study that satisfies not only University requirements but also individual career goals.

In addition to classroom and laboratory work, students are encouraged to participate in departmental activities includingseminars, sporting events, picnics, plant trips and attendance at science meetings. Our active student chapter of the American Chemical Society promotes outreach to the local community, social and professional interactions among students, faculty, and staff, and career development goals.