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  Oct 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.A.


About the Chemistry Bachelor's Program


The B.A. in Chemistry degree requires 120 credit hours for graduation and has a curriculum primarily designed for those interested in using an undergraduate major in chemistry as the background for a career in which extensive training in chemistry is either valuable or essential (e.g., medicine, dentistry, forensics, environmental protection, clinical and pharmacological chemistry, technical sales, and chemical patent law). Though a B.S. is generally preferred by employers, a B.A. may also provide a sufficient background in chemistry for employment as a chemist in a small laboratory or for entry into a graduate program leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

Communication Literacy courses for the B.A. in Chemistry are CHEM 4101  plus two other CL courses (see degree plan for specific requirements).

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 17


Spring


Total: 17


Second Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 14


Third Year


Fall


Total: 13


Spring


Total: 15


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


  • Advanced Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Minor 3 Semester Credit Hours#
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hour*
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours**

Total: 16


Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Requirements  for B.A. degree.
At least one should also be multicultural. If not, students must complete an additional course from the university’s Multicultural list
‡ If taking CHEM 3308 , substitute CHEM 3108  for CHEM 3107 . CHEM 3107  must be taken with CHEM 4311 .
§ Can substitute PHYS 1403  and PHYS 1404  for PHYS 1408  and PHYS 2401  

# Minor can be in English or a foreign language without requiring additional courses that will cause the degree hours to be more than 120.
** May be outside of major

††Can substituteCHEM 3351  for CHEM 3341 , and CHEM 3251  for CHEM 3141  
‡‡Can substitute CHEM 4311  or CHEM 3308  for CHEM 3307  
§§ Communication Literacy Course

Calculus


Adequate training in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is a prerequisite for calculus. A score of 7 on the Math Placement Exam is necessary to take calculus the first year. Scores below 7 will require additional coursework.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.

Advanced Elective


Six advanced elective hours from CHEM 3201 , CHEM 4300 , CHEM 4309 , CHEM 4314 , CHEM 3000  (1-6), CHEM 3308 , CHEM 4105 , CHEM 4114 , CHEM 4302 , CHEM 4306 , or CHEM 4310 .