Chemistry Program

The HSU Department of Chemistry offers our students the opportunity to gain a broad-based foundation in the chemistry or physics disciplines. 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 and physics.

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.

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Dr. Kenny Stephens

Department Head of Chemistry & Physics; Associate Professor of Physics

Majors

  • Chemistry (B.A.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)

Minors

  • 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

Bachelor of Science Requirements:

  • 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

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

  • 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

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

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. Andrea Jensen advises Biology majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.

Dr. Michelle Dose advises Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.