Chemistry Degree

The chemistry program at HSU offers students the opportunity to gain a broad-based foundation in the primary chemistry areas. Our professors provide training in the application of chemical and physical principles to other fields and introduce liberal arts students to a basic understanding of chemistry.

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to prepare the student for teaching, industrial work, and graduate education.

We offer 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.

We also offer a minor in chemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such as environmental protection that require working knowledge of chemistry.

Program Contact

Dr. Kenny Stephens

Department Head: Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences; Professor of Physics

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  • Chemistry (B.S.)


  • Chemistry Minor (B.A., B.S.)

Why study Chemistry at HSU?

Chemistry student reaching for a beaker

What can you do with Chemistry?

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry prepares students for graduate school or a career as a professional chemist.

Physics professor interacting with student in classroom

Individual Attention

Our majors classes and labs maintain a student-to-professor ratio below 8:1. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research directly with a professor.

Chemistry students deeply engaged in class experiment

Excellent Faculty

Each faculty member has a PhD in their area of teaching specialty, with over 100 years of teaching experience between the four professors.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

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

  • Teaching
  • Industrial work
  • Graduate education

The Pre-Pharmacy track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a pharmacy school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Careers in pharmacy cover a variety of different options and specialties. Some career options are listed below:

  • Community Practice
    • Independent or Chain Pharmacy
    • Community Health Center Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Pharmacy
    • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Development
  • Hospital or Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Education
  • Long-term and Home Health Care Pharmacy

You can learn more about different pharmacy careers at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Pre-Pharmacy is considered a track in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Chemistry; it is not a major. Pre-Pharmacy students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and to apply to pharmacy school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to pharmacy school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Pre-pharmacy track students at HSU generally follow one of the following plans:

  • B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (required major for Texas Tech School of Pharmacy articulation agreement—see below)
  • B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry or Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology

Following one of the plans listed above ensures that the prerequisite courses required by most pharmacy schools can be taken as part of the B.S. degree plan. You can learn more about pharmacy program prerequisite courses at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC-SOP) 3+4 Dual Degree Information

  • Students successfully completing the degree program will graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from HSU and either a Pharm.D. or Pharm.D./MBA from TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students from HSU who meet the requirements and deadlines of this agreement will be awarded early admission at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students take their first three years of coursework at HSU, with their remaining four years at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students entering the Pharm.D. program under this agreement will have their PCAT waived
  • Program acceptance criteria:
    • Texas resident
    • Minimum Math ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 550 and competency in trigonometry
    • Acceptable pre-entry interview
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • GPA of 3.6 during the first semester of enrollment at HSU
    • Maintain overall GPA of 3.7 at HSU
  • For more information contact Dr. Michelle Dose. Students must begin this program as a freshman.

To matriculate into pharmacy school you must score competitively on the Pharmacy College Admission Test. The test has five major sections:

  • Writing (Conventions of Language and Problem Solving)
  • Biological Processes (General Biology, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Chemical Processes (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Basic Biochemistry)
  • Critical Reading (Comprehension, Analysis, and Evaluation)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Precalculus, and Calculus)

Your performance on the PCAT is reported as your percentile rank which indicates your performance relative to the current PCAT norm group. Most Texas pharmacy schools prefer a PCAT score >50, but a competitive score for Texas pharmacy schools is >70. You can find more information about the PCAT, including a yearly PCAT guide, on the PCAT webpage.

In addition to the prerequisite courses and competitive PCAT score, successful applicants should gain experience by shadowing pharmacists or volunteering at a health center or hospital.  Additionally, it is recommended that pre-pharmacy students work in a pharmacy as clerks or pharmacy technicians.

Approximately 90% of all pharmacy degree programs in the U.S. participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for admission.  You should visit the PharmCAS website to learn more about the admissions process and requirements.

Dr. Michelle Dose advises students in the pre-pharmacy track.