School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)

The Chemistry major builds on a base of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science to provide the student the opportunity to develop essential theoretical and practical skills in the subdisciplines of organic, physical, inorganic, analytical, and macromolecular chemistry. Typically, the practice of chemistry in industry deals with the synthesis, analysis, and control of the many materials used in our technological society.

The Chemistry program at UT Dallas is designed to instruct the student in how chemical experiments are performed, how results are interpreted, and through its integrated laboratory sequence, to emphasize the importance of one subdiscipline in solving problems inherent to another. Meeting these goals, the Chemistry program provides the student with the flexibility to enter industry, go on to graduate school, or pursue medical, dental, and other degrees in the health sciences.


Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry: Ray H. Baughman
Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology; Professor of Chemistry: A. Dean Sherry

Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., Rockford K. Draper (Biology), Bruce E. Gnade (Electrical Engineering), John P. Ferraris, Inga H. Musselman
Associate Professors: Michael C. Biewer, Gregg R. Dieckmann, Warren J. Goux, Paul Pantano, John W. Sibert IV
Assistant Professors: Jung-Mo Ahn, Mihaela C. Stefan, Steven Nielsen, Jie Zheng
Affiliated Professors: Lee A. Bulla (Biology), Anvar A. Zakhidov (Physics)
Research Professors: Gary E. Kiefer, Duck Joo Yang
Emeritus Professor: Richard A. Caldwell
Senior Lecturers: Sergio Cortes, Sandhya R. Gavva, Claudia Taenzler


The Chemistry major may choose a program leading either to the B.A. or B.S. degree. The latter degree sequence has been approved by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training.

B.A. Program

The B.A. program offers the minimum fundamental knowledge required for adequate professional function in a career in chemistry. It is possible that students choosing this option may, through suitable use of unspecified hours, prepare for careers in areas as varied as chemistry-related businesses, government, medicine and dentistry, secondary school teaching, and even law or politics.

B.S. Program

The B.S. program provides more intensive training in chemistry for the student who intends either to obtain employment at the bachelor's level in the chemical industry or to pursue graduate study.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

  1. Communication (6 hours)
    3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
    3 hours Communication Elective (NATS 4310 or CHEM 4390) 2
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
    6 hours American History
    3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    6 hours Calculus (MATH 2413 and MATH 2414 or MATH 2417 and 2419) 2,3
  5. Science (9 hours)
    Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, CHEM 1312/1112, and CHEM 2401) 3

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: B.S. 57 hours; B.A. 56 hours

Major Preparatory Courses (29 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)

    CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I 2, 3
    or CHEM 1115 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory I 2, 3
    CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II 2, 3
    or CHEM 1116 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory II 2, 3
    CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I 2, 3
    or CHEM 1315 Honors Freshman Chemistry I 2, 3
    CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II 2, 3
    or CHEM 1316 Honors Freshman Chemistry II 2, 3
    CHEM 2123 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I *
    CHEM 2125 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II *
    CHEM 2323 Introductory Organic Chemistry I *
    CHEM 2325 Introductory Organic Chemistry II *
    CHEM 2401 Introductory Quantitative Methods in Chemistry 2, 3
MATH Sequence - Choose one of the following:

Major Core Courses (12 hours)

CHEM 3321 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3471 Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
CHEM 3472 Instrumental Analysis

Major Related Courses (B.S. 22 hours; B.A. 21 hours)

    Bachelor of Arts (18 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)
    BIOL/CHEM 3361 Biochemistry I
    or CHEM 4335 Polymer Chemistry
    CHEM 3341 Inorganic Chemistry I
    or CHEM 3322 Physical Chemistry II
    Guided Electives - 12 credit hours; may be used in (partial) fulfillment of a
    Second Major, Minor or Teaching Certificate
Advanced Writing NATS 4310 Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics 2
    Bachelor of Science (19 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)

2 A required Major course that also fulfills Core Curriculum requirements. If hours are counted in the Core Curriculum, students must complete additional coursework to meet the minimum requirement for graduation. Course selection assistance is available from the undergraduate advisor.
3 Hours above the Core Curriculum requirement are counted as part of the Major Preparatory Courses.
4 Research in Chemistry (CHEM 4V91), Research and Advanced Writing in Chemistry (CHEM 4390), and Research and Advanced Writing in Chemistry for Honors Students (CHEM 4399) are better defined as a project than a course and constitute an important part of the B.S. degree. The student conducts original research under the supervision of a faculty member, and then must submit a research report which is defended orally. Normally this project will span two or more semesters. A complete set of guidelines is available from the undergraduate advisor.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 18 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

These courses must be outside the major and be upper-division and/or have prerequisites.

Free Electives (12 hours)

The plan must include sufficient upper-division credit to total 51 upper-division credit hours.

Minor in Chemistry

18 hours that must include

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master’s Degrees

Undergraduate students at UT Dallas with strong academic records who intend to pursue the M.S. in Chemistry at UT Dallas may apply for a Fast Track plan of study which involves taking selected graduate courses as an upper-level student. After admission to the graduate program, 15 hours of graduate courses with an earned grade of B or better can be used toward completion of the baccalaureate degree and to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Interested students should contact the undergraduate advisor well in advance of the junior year to prepare a sequence permitting maximal advantage to be taken of the catalog's regulations (see page xx) regarding Undergraduate Registration for Graduate Courses.