Department of Chemistry

Mission

The Undergraduate Advising Office strives to help students achieve their full potential for success by providing accurate information about requirements, resources, and opportunities. We aim to provide a supportive environment to help students critically assess their talents and abilities in order to develop realistic academic and career goals. We provide information and guidance, but it is the student’s responsibility to make final decisions about their educational plans within the framework of University rules and College and Departmental standards.

Registration Reminders

The Chemistry Undergraduate Office is operating remotely. The best way to contact as is through email at advising@chem.tamu.edu. We will answer email as quickly as possible in the order that it received, unless your question is addressed in the FAQ below. All email inquiries should include student UINs.

The FAQ below should answer most of your questions about registration.

1) Prerequisites
Prerequisites are enforced. The Department of Chemistry does not enter prerequisite overrides for planned or in progress prerequisites from other institutions. Once students have completed the prerequisite course, they may send an unofficial transcript that clearly shows their name, the institution, course, and final grade to advising@chem.tamu.edu, indicating for what course they would like a prerequisite override entered and their UIN. We will enter the prerequisite override, but will not force students into closed classes.

2) Forces and Waitlists
We can not promise and will not force any student into a particular section. Do not call or email to request forces. We do not keep waitlists.

3) Seat Release
Seats are added throughout pre-registration to 100 and 200 level chemistry courses as courses fill, usually in the morning and evening. We can not promise and will not force any student into a particular section. Students should register for a section that is available during their registration time period.

4) Restricted Courses
A few sections of CHEM120 and CHEM228 will be restricted to honors students or chemistry majors

Restricted to honors students:
CHEM 120-201-203
CHEM 228-200

Restricted to Chemistry Majors:
CHEM 120-449, 450, 500
CHEM 228-501

5) 100- level courses mode of instruction

CHEM 119 and CHEM 120
All Chemistry 119 and Chemistry 120 lectures will be delivered in a synchronous remote format.
All Chemistry 119 and Chemistry 120 laboratories will be offered synchronously in either remote or face-to-face formats. The laboratory sections will be labeled as either face-to-face or remote. Remote students should not enroll for a face-to-face lab section.
Switching from face-to-face to remote will not be accommodated this semester.
Students who have to quarantine or who have a medical excuse will participate in the excused absence make-up laboratory program.

Online lecture; online lab: CHEM119 401-416
Online lecture; face-to-face lab: CHEM119 501-516

Online lecture; online lab: CHEM 120 401-488
Online lecture; face-to-face lab: CHEM120 501-596

CHEM 107
There are three sections of Chemistry 107 lecture scheduled. One of the three sections (502) will be face-to-face only. The other two sections (501 and 503) will be delivered in a synchronous remote format.
Online lecture: CHEM107 501, 503
Face-to- face lecture: CHEM 107-502

CHEM 117
All Chemistry 117 laboratory sections will be offered synchronously in either remote or face-to-face formats. The laboratory sections will be labeled as either face-to-face or remote. Remote students should not enroll in a face-to-face lab section. Switching from face to face to remote will not be accommodated this semester. Students who have to quarantine or who have a medical excuse will participate in the excused absence make-up laboratory program. Although CHEM107/117 are two separate courses, they are co-requisites. Students must register for the courses in the same registration submission (on the same click -- NOT one after the other), or else they will receive a Prerequisite/Test Score error.
Online lab: CHEM117 401-422
Face-to-face lab: CHEM 117 501-522

6) Students missing 100-level laboratories
Students who are missing a lab component from the former CHEM101 /111 or CHEM102/112 sequence should contact advising@chem.tamu.edu for instructions in enrolling in a CHEM289 course as a laboratory substitute. Advisors will need to request a Curricular Exception to accommodate these courses in degree plans and students will need to contact departments that require those laboratory courses as prerequisites for prerequisite overrides.

7) Organic Laboratories CHEM237/238/242 mode of instruction

CHEM237 and CHEM238 Organic chemistry labs will be delivered in either face-to-face or remote formats for the Spring 2021 semester.

CHEM 242 will be entirely online with synchronous meetings.

FACE-TO-FACE LABORATORIES
For face-to-face CHEM237 and CHEM238 lab courses, the format listed on Howdy is Mixed: F2F and Remote Meetings. For these classes the lab experiment meetings are all F2F (in person) only. The prelab instruction are remote only; see more about this below. Students are required to attend and perform the lab experiment in their assigned lab room and time for the lab sessions. With the removal of the prelab component from the lab class meeting, the actual lab meeting will be limited to 1 hour and 50 minutes. Switching from face-to-face to remote lab instruction will not be accommodated for the spring semester. Students who have to quarantine or who have a medical excuse will participate in the excused absence make-up laboratory program.

Pre-lab Instruction: The prelab sessions for face-to-face labs will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at several times throughout the day and early evening in preparation for the next week’s experiments. Important: Approximately one week before the start of the spring semester students will get an email from the organic lab program asking them to choose a day and time to attend these online-only prelab modules. The choice of time and day will be permanent and cannot be changed. Students will attend this PreLab session each week before the scheduled experiment. These sessions are online only and will last no longer than 50 minutes; an asynchronous prelab option will not be available for the spring semester.

Face to Face Lab + Remote Pre Lab: CHEM237 501-522
Face-to-Face Lab + Remote Pre-Lab: CHEM238 501-568

ONLINE LABORATORIES
There is also an online-only choice for the CHEM237 and CHEM238 organic labs for the Spring 2021 semester. The online sections will meet synchronously once a week for a 2-hour 50-minute session. Students who enroll in a remote lab section will not have to option to switch to face to face instruction during the semester.

Remote-only Lab CHEM237: 523-540
Remote-only Lab: CHEM238 569-593

8) Avoiding registration errors for labs
Students wishing to enroll in CHEM119 or CHEM120 or any chemistry laboratory will need to complete the lab safety acknowledgement before registration. Students who haven't done this will get a "Student Attribute Error" upon attempting to register for a laboratory course.

9) Research
CHEM491 will be available this fall, as long as research is carried out within the constraints of social distancing. Please contact potential research advisors early, since physical space in laboratories is limited. Preference will be given to students requiring CHEM491 in their degree plans. Research approval forms must be submitted to advising@chem.tamu.edu prior to registration.

Undergraduate Advising Office
Department of Chemistry
advising@chem.tamu.edu
979-845-0520

To Remain a Chemistry Major

Students must maintain a 2.00 GPR overall and in chemistry courses. First year students must have received credit for either Math 151 (4) or 171(4) and Math 152 (4) or 172(4) with C’s or better in both courses by the end of the first calendar year after enrollment at A&M. Students who have completed only Math 151(4) or 171(4) by the end of the first calendar year may remain in the program if they earned a B or better in one Math 151(4) or 171(4) and are enrolled for Math 152(4) or 172(4) in the following semester.

To Change Your Major into Chemistry at Any Time

Students must have fewer than 90 attempted + transfer hours

Students who wish to change into chemistry after beginning A&M in another major must have an overall TAMU GPR of 2.5 or better and a TAMU 2.5 or better in chemistry and a 2.5 or better in math courses and have credit for CHEM 119(4) and CHEM 120(4) or equivalent and MATH 151(4) or MATH 171(4) with a C or better in all chemistry and math courses.

To Seek A Double Major or Double Degree in Chemistry

Students must have fewer than 90 attempted + transfer hours

Students must have an overall GPR of 3.0 or better, at least a 3.0 in chemistry and math courses, and have completed CHEM 119(4) and CHEM 120(4) or equivalent and MATH 151(4) or MATH 171(4) before this paperwork may be initiated.

To Transfer into Chemistry from another Institution

Applicants should complete 24 hours, but must have fewer than 90, with a cumulative GPR of at least 3.00. CHEM119 and CHEM120 equivalents must be competed with Bs or better. In addition, 8 hours of science and engineering level Calculus I and II must be completed with Bs or better. More information about transfer application and admission can be found at admissions.tamu.edu/transfer/apply.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is a common set of requirements that must be satisfied by all Texas A&M graduates. The requirements are outlined in your undergraduate catalog. The core curriculum requirements do not add extra hours to your chemistry degree plan. They just dictate, to some extent, your freedom to choose electives so they are frequently referred to as Directed Electives. Information about what courses can be used to fulfill each Core Curriculum requirement can be found at the Core Curriculum web site.

BA and BS Degrees

The set of prescribed courses is referred to as a degree plan. This is a suggested outline of when you should take courses. You should try to adhere to this schedule as closely as possible although the timing of some courses is more critical than others.

The B.S. and B.A. degree plans both require completion of 120 credit hours of course work under catalog #139 (i.e. the 20016-17 catalog). The major points of difference are compared below:

RequirementsB.S.B.A.
Hours of chemistry56 credit hours40 credit hours
Hours of mathematics15 credit hours8 credit hours
Hours of Physics8 credit hours8 credit hours
Hours of undirected electives14 credit hours37 credit hours
Hours of remaining core curriculum27 credit hours27 credit hours
Minor or Track (hours will vary)optionalrequired
Researchrequiredoptional

Course descriptions for all undergraduate chemistry courses are found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to the traditional B.S. degree, which allows for an optional minor field of study, and the traditional B.A. degree, which requires a minor field of study, the Department of Chemistry offers five tracks to guide students in their selection of electives for particular career paths in biological chemistry, environmental chemistry and chemical education. A traditional minor requires that all minor courses be taken from the same department and approved by the department granting the minor. However, the Tracks provide electives in an area of emphasis, which includes courses from several departments. Students completing all the requirements for a Track would not be required to have a traditional minor. Students should carefully check prerequisites in planning these courses. For more information see Chemistry Tracks.

Students seeking a minor in chemistry must complete the Declaration of Minor in Chemistry form and have it approved by the undergraduate advisor in chemistry (Room 104 Chemistry) and their academic advisor. A minor in Chemistry should represent course work taken in the discipline beyond courses that might be used to satisfy core curriculum science requirements (8 credits). Therefore, though CHEM 101/111 or CHEM 107 and CHEM 102/112 are prerequisites to all of the listed courses, they are not considered part of the minor program. The course work listed (17-20 credits) represents various sub-disciplines within the field of Chemistry and would give the student an overall knowledge base fitting a Minor in Chemistry. This is consistent with the statement on minors published by the American Chemical Society. For more information, see Declaring a Minor.

Chemistry majors seeking the B.S. degree are required to satisfy the undergraduate research requirement listed in their catalog. B.A. chemistry majors frequently find it to their benefit to do some research as well. Although this requirement is listed in the degree plan in the senior year, the typical student normally begins undergraduate research earlier in the curriculum. This starting date allows the student to distribute the required credits over several semesters and usually ensures that the student will have had the minimal laboratory courses (i.e. general chemistry and organic chemistry) indicated by most professors as necessary to begin research in their group. See Undergraduate Research in Chemistry for more information.

Courses taken at Texas community colleges and universities may be used to satisfy some degree requirements. Most community colleges and universities in Texas use the Texas Common Course Numbering System to assign course numbers to their courses. An Appendix in the course catalog and the Texas Common Course Numbering System website list the equivalencies between Texas A&M University courses and Texas Common Course Numbered courses.

The University has established information on Transfer Course Equivalency.

Continuing chemistry majors are encouraged to apply for departmental scholarships using the University Scholarship Application. Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students are ineligible for continuing student scholarships but are encouraged to apply for scholarships via the ApplyTexas Scholarship Application.

The University application opens October 15 and closes February 1. Almost all departmental scholarships are need based, so we strongly encourage applicants to submit FAFSA forms. More information about departmental scholarships and criteria can be found at the College of Science Scholarship web site. Departmental scholarships recipients are selected by the Undergraduate Awards Committee following the posting of Spring grades each year.

A degree in chemistry affords a student a wide range of career options in chemical industry, education and government. See our Career Choices web site for a listing of former students and their career choices.

The American Chemical Society provides information to help in the College to Career transition.

The employers of chemistry majors range from industrial and government labs to education and professional schools. See our listing of employers of former students.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, currently located in the Disability Services building at the Student Services at White Creek complex on west campus or call 979-845-1637. For additional information, visit http://disability.tamu.edu.