BS in Chemistry

There are a wide range of career options for chemists and biochemists in a diverse array of occupational fields.  Opportunities can be divided into five main sectors: Industry, Academia, Government, Non-Profit, and Entrepreneurship.  In addition, the programs of study for both chemistry and biochemistry degrees provide strong academic, critical thinking, and foundational skills for students interested in pursuing advanced professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy, as well as rigorous preparation for graduate school. 

Marketable Skills

Students develop the following marketable skills:

  • Communication: Reach mutual understanding through the effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  • Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  • Organization: Use resources effectively and efficiently in order to stay focused on different tasks
  • Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  • Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question
  • Time management: Prioritize goals and organize time to be more productive and efficient.

Additionally, students will be:

  • Using laboratory equipment
  • Maintaining precision and accuracy
  • Organizing and reporting data, results and conclusions
  • Explaining complex ideas for technical and non-technical audiences

The requirement to obtain a BS in Chemistry consists of the general College of Science requirements plus the following specific requirements:

Concentrations

  • 7-12 Physical Science Certification
  • 7-12 Science Certification
  • ​Secondary Education Minor

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better) 1
Required Courses:
MATH 1411Calculus I4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Chemistry Major
Required Courses:
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 1305 C1
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C1
CHEM 1305General Chemistry C3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry C3
CHEM 2161Laboratory for CHEM 2261 C1
CHEM 2221Organic Chemistry I Lab C2
CHEM 2222Organic Chemistry II Lab C2
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table C2
CHEM 2321Organic Chemistry I C3
CHEM 2322Organic Chemistry II C3
CHEM 3110Lab for Chemistry 33101
CHEM 3151Lab for Chemistry 33511
CHEM 3152Lab for Chemistry 33521
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
or CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Metabol & Bioenerg
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4165Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 4211Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem2
CHEM 4212Lab for Chemistry 42112
CHEM 4328Advanced Topics Organic Chem3
CHEM 4365Inorganic Chemistry3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
No Minor-Field of Study
(Complete 10 hours from the courses below; at least 8 hours must be upper-division)10
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3351Toxicology3
CHEM 3131Lab for Chemistry1
CHEM 3332Biochem II: Metabol & Bioenerg3
CHEM 4176Introduction to Research1
CHEM 4335Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 4376Introduction to Research3
Electives
Select 8 additional hours, with departmental approval 8
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 237
Total Hours120

Concentrations

BS in Chemistry with a Concentration in 7-12 Physical Science

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better) 1
Required Courses:
MATH 1411Calculus I4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Chemistry Major
Required Courses:
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 1305 C1
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C1
CHEM 1305General Chemistry C3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry C3
CHEM 2161Laboratory for CHEM 2261 C1
CHEM 2221Organic Chemistry I Lab C2
CHEM 2222Organic Chemistry II Lab2
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table C2
CHEM 2321Organic Chemistry I C3
CHEM 2322Organic Chemistry II C3
CHEM 3110Lab for Chemistry 33101
CHEM 3151Lab for Chemistry 33511
CHEM 3152Lab for Chemistry 33521
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4176Introduction to Research1
CHEM 4211Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem2
CHEM 4212Lab for Chemistry 42112
CHEM 4365Inorganic Chemistry3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 237
Total Hours120

BS in Chemistry with a Concentration in 7-12 Science

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better) 1
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Chemistry Major
Required Courses:
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 1305 C1
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C1
CHEM 1305General Chemistry C3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry C3
CHEM 2161Laboratory for CHEM 2261 C1
CHEM 2221Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM 2222Organic Chemistry II Lab2
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table C2
CHEM 2321Organic Chemistry I C3
CHEM 2322Organic Chemistry II C3
CHEM 3110Lab for Chemistry 33101
CHEM 3151Lab for Chemistry 33511
CHEM 3152Lab for Chemistry 33521
CHEM 3301Molecular Modeling & Chem Info3
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
or CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Metabol & Bioenerg
CHEM 4176Introduction to Research1
GEOL 1211
GEOL 1111
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 237
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6