• Degrees

    Chemistry BS

    The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree to prepare students for graduate school or a career as a professional chemist. The major consists of 40 semester hours of chemistry course work.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3410 — Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry
    CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography
    CHEM 4105 — Chemistry Seminar
    CHEM 4140 — Individual Research
    CHEM 4304 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 4401 & 4402 — Physical Chemistry
    Four additional advanced hours are also required.

    Required supporting courses:
    MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus
    PHYS 2401 & 2402 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers

    A minor is required. Recommended minors are biology, environmental science, geology or mathematics.

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BS

    The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree to prepare students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in biotechnology, molecular biology or medicine. The major consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry and 23 semester hours of biology coursework.

    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography
    CHEM 4301 — Biophysical Chemistry
    CHEM 4310, 4311 — Biochemistry
    CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques

    BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
    BIOL 4330 — Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4104 — Biology Seminar
    At least two (2) of the following
    BIOL 3302 — Immunology
    BIOL 4424 — Cell Biology
    BIOL 3411 — Genetics
    BIOL 3420 — Microbiology
    Eight additional upper-division biology hours are also required.

    Required supporting courses:
    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology
    MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus
    PHYS 2401 & 2402 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers

    No minor is required since this degree is interdisciplinary.

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BA

    The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare students who wish to pursue careers in the biotechnology inducstry. The major consists of 21 semester hours of chemistry and 21 semester hours of biology coursework.

    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography
    CHEM 4310, 4311 — Biochemistry
    CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques

    BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
    BIOL 4330 — Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4104 — Biology Seminar
    At least two (2) of the following
    BIOL 3302 — Immunology
    BIOL 4424 — Cell Biology
    BIOL 3411 — Genetics
    BIOL 3420 — Microbiology
    Six additional upper-division biology hours are also required.

    Required supporting courses:
    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology
    MATH 1310 — College Algebra
    MATH 1311 — Trigonometry
    PHYS 1410 & 1411 — General Physics

    No minor is required since this degree is interdisciplinary.

    Chemistry BA

    The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare students for careers such as environmental protection, clinical chemistry, chemical patent law and other fields where extensive undergraduate training in chemistry is valuable. The major consists of 28 semester hours of chemistry course work.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3410 — Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry
    At least 12 additional advanced hours of chemistry are required.

    Required supporting courses:
    MATH 1310 — College Algebra and MATH 1311 — Trigonometry or MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus
    PHYS 1410 & 1411 — General Physics

    A minor is required. Recommended minors are biology, environmental science, geology or mathematics.

    Minor in Chemistry

    The department offers a minor in chemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such as environmental protection that require working knowledge of chemistry. The minor consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry course work.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3410 — Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry
    CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography

    Minor in Biochemistry

    The department offers a minor in biochemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such in medicine, biotechnology or graduate studies in biology. The minor consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry course work.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 4310 & 4311 — Biochemistry
    CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques

    BS in Composite Science

    The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Composite Science designed for those students who wish to become certified to teach composite science at the 8-12 grade level. The major consists of 71 semester hours and must include the following courses for certification.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology and Laboratory
    BIOL 1321 & 1121 — Plant Biology and Laboratory
    BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
    GEOL 1401 — Introductory Geology
    GEOL 1411 — Historical Geology
    PHYS 1410 & 1411 — General Physics
    BIOL 2410 — Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Physical Science 3301 — Astronomy
    GEOL 3301 — Oceanography/Meterology
    CHEM 3401 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3410 — Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry
    BIOL 3410 — General Ecology
    BIOL 3411 — Genetics
    GEOL 4315 — Hydrogeology

    Required supporting courses:
    MATH 1310 — College Algebra
    MATH 1311 — Trigonometry

    The department offers a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in General Science designed for those students who wish to become certified to teach general science at the 4-8 grade level. The major consists of 56 semester hours and must include the following courses for certification.

    BBS in General Science

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology and Laboratory
    BIOL 1321 & 1121 — Plant Biology and Laboratory
    BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
    GEOL 1401 — Introductory Geology
    GEOL 1411 — Historical Geology
    PHYS 1410 & 1411 — General Physics
    Physical Science 3301 — Astronomy
    GEOL 3301 — Oceanography/Meterology
    Environmental Management 4310 — Environmental Science
    5 additional upper-level hours from at least two different fields

    Required supporting courses:
    MATH 1310 — College Algebra
    MATH 1311 — Trigonometry

    BBS in Composite Science

    The department offers a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Physical Science designed for those students who wish to teach physical science at the 8-12 grade level. The major consists of 43 semester hours and must include the following courses for certification.

    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
    GEOL 1401 — Introductory Geology
    BIOL 1401 — Life Science
    PHYS 2401 & 2402 — General Physics
    PHYS 230 & 231 — Modern Physics and Modern Physics Laboratory (at ACU)
    Physical Science 3301 — Astronomy
    CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 3410 — Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry

    Required supporting courses:
    MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus

    Physics BS

    The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree to prepare students for graduate school or a career as a professional physicist. This major is offered as a cooperative program with Abilene Christian University (ACU). All introductory course work as well as academic core requirements will be met at HSU. All upper-level physics courses will be taken at ACU. The major consists of 42 semester hours of physics course work.

    PHYS 2401 & 2402 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers
    MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus
    MATH 2320 — Calculus III
    MATH 2321 — Differential Equations
    MATH 3305 — Linear Algebra
    An additional 34 semester hours of physics at ACU is required.

    Required supporting courses:
    CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry

    A minor is required. Recommended minors are chemistry, mathematics and computer science.

    Physics BA

    The department offers a minor in physics. This is a cooperative program with Abilene Christian University (ACU). Introductory physics courses will be taken at HSU. All upper-level physics courses will be taken at ACU. The minor consists of 22 semester hours of physics course work.

    PHYS 2401 & 2402 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers (taken at HSU)
    PHYS 231 — Modern Physics (taken at ACU)
    An additional 7 semester hours taken at ACU.

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