• Biochemistry
    A biochemistry degree from MTSU opens doors to many fields
  • Biochemistry
    Honors graduate Nhi Yen Hua majored in biochemistry
  • Biochemistry
    Biochemistry major Ken Kennedy is a member of Blue Elite
  • Biochemistry
    Department head Greg Van Patten
    owns
    two patents and has two others pending

Biochemistry

The Biochemistry program allows a student to combine knowledge of both biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of chemical reactions with living cells. A Biochemistry degree can not only prepare students for professional careers as chemists; it may also serve as the basis for work in areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, nutrition, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science, to name a few.

New Science Building

The game changer

Science majors of all stripes have something to look forward to—a new, $147 million science building is under construction that will place MTSU on equal footing with some of the biggest research institutions in the country. Even before the doors open, the new building is serving as a beacon, attracting the attention of many of the best and brightest among prospective students, researchers, and teachers. Quite simply, there has never been a better time to pursue a science degree at MTSU than the present.

Daniel Gouger - Fulbright scholarship recipient

Degrees in motion

MTSU's newest recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, recent graduate Daniel Gouger is taking his bachelor's degree in biochemistry (and one in Spanish) and spending the next year studying molecular dynamics and molecular modeling at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Spain. Gouger's undergraduate work, which included participation in Posters at the Capitol, charter membership in Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and graduation from the Honors College, readied him for his Fulbright experience.

A study of Biochemistry can pave the way to a diverse range of careers in both public and private sectors, in and out of the lab. Examples include

  • Acquisition logistics manager
  • Assistant scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Business process analyst
  • Environmental consultant
  • Intellectual property advisor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Patent examiner
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Research assistant
  • Sales representative (technical)
  • Teacher
  • Technical author
  • Technical sales representative


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aegis Sciences
  • Baxter BioScience
  • Belcher Pharmaceuticals
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Liquidia Technologies
  • Merck Pharmaceutical
  • Pfizer
  • Specialized Assays
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital
  • TBI Crime Laboratory
  • University Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt University

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Students pursuing this intersection of biology and chemistry can obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry. Other departmental majors leading to a B.S. include Chemistry, Chemistry with a concentration in Professional Chemistry, Science, and Health Science, under which numerous pre-professional programs are coordinated. Undergraduate and graduate minors in Chemistry are available.

Graduate study includes a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry. 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Biochemistry Academic Map

Department of Chemistry
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4Take CHEM 1010/1011 if weak or no background in Chemistry CHEM 1120/11214 
BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1120/11214 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
CHEM 3010/30114  CHEM 3020/30214 
BIOL 2230/22314  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). BIOL 3250/32514 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
    Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
CHEM 45003  CHEM 45103 
CHEM 4550/45514  BIOL elective (upper division)3See advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  PHYS 2020/20214 
PHYS 2010/20114  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective course2  Elective course3See advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
CHEM 4330/43314  CHEM elective (upper division)3See advisor
CHEM elective (upper division)3See advisor Elective (upper division)3See advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Elective3 
Elective (upper division)3See advisor Elective3 
Elective (upper division)2  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4Take CHEM 1010/1011 if weak or no background in Chemistry CHEM 1120/11214 
BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1120/11214
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
CHEM 3010/30114  CHEM 3020/30214 
BIOL 2230/22314  BIOL 3250/32514 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
    Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Students are encouraged to get involved in research.
Junior Fall Junior Spring
CHEM 45003  CHEM 45103 
CHEM 4550/45514  BIOL elective (upper division)3See advisor
PHYS 2010/20114  PHYS 2020/20214 
Elective2See advisor Elective3 
       
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Students are encouraged to get involved in research.
Senior Fall Senior Spring
CHEM 4330/43314  CHEM elective (upper division)3See advisor
CHEM elective (upper division)3See advisor Elective (upper division)3See advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Elective3 
Elective (upper division)3See advisor Elective3 
Elective (upper division)2See advisor Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Chemistry

CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I
4 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

CHEM 1011 - Intro to General Chemistry I Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1010.

CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

CHEM 1021 - Intro to General Chemistry II Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1020.

CHEM 1030 - Chemistry for Consumers
4 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of chemistry as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. Examples will be taken from medicine and human health, environmental pollution, energy and its costs, etc. Understanding of the relationship between chemistry and society will be enhanced using special subtopics: lectures, demonstrations, and inquiry-based laboratory work drawing from the expertise of the individual instructor. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (Does not count toward any major or minor.)

CHEM 1031 - Chemistry for Consumers Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1030.

CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry I Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1110.

CHEM 1120 - General Chemistry II
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Corequisite: CHEM 1121. Chemical equilibrium, solid and liquid states of matter, chemistry of acids and bases, principles of chemical kinetics, precipitation reactions, elementary thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 1121 - General Chemistry II Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 1120.

CHEM 2030 - Elements of Organic Chemistry
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Corequisite: CHEM 2031. Aspects of organic chemistry fundamental to an understanding of reactions in living organisms. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 2031 - Elements of Organic Chemistry Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 2030.

CHEM 2230 - Quantitative Analysis
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Corequisite: CHEM 2231. Gravimetric and volumetric determinations, an introduction to optical and electrical methods of analysis, and the stoichiometry of analytical chemistry. Three hours lecture and two three-hour laboratories.

CHEM 2231 - Quantitative Analysis Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 2230.

CHEM 2880 - Undergraduate Research I
1 to 4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Student research allied with the instructor's research or designed specifically for the particular student. Minimum of three clock-hours work per week required for each credit hour. Up to four hours may count in the General Science major, but does not count for a major or minor in Chemistry. May be repeated for a total of four credits.

CHEM 2930 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Department chair should be consulted. Pass/Fail.

CHEM 2940 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Department chair should be consulted. Pass/Fail.

CHEM 3000 - Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 2030 or CHEM 3010. Communicating science, taking standardized tests, applying for graduate/professional school or a job, using library and online resources, and other professional skills. Capstone course. One-hour lecture. Offered each spring.

CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry I
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or equivalent. Corequisite: CHEM 3011. Types of carbon compounds, their nomenclature, reactions, and physical properties. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 3011 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 3010.

CHEM 3020 - Organic Chemistry II
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3010. Corequisite: CHEM 3021. A continuation of CHEM 3010. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 3021 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 3020.

CHEM 3080 - Liquid Chromatography Techniques
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 2230 / CHEM 2231 or consent of instructor. Techniques involving the use of liquid, column, paper, thin-layer, and ion-exchange chromatography for the purpose of purifying and/or separating compounds.

CHEM 3090 - Techniques of Gas Chromatography
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 2230/ CHEM 2231 or consent of instructor. Principles, techniques, and applications of gas chromatography. Selection of column materials, packing of columns, and types of detectors. Separation of mixtures of hydrocarbons, drugs, and pesticides.

CHEM 3530 - Principles of Biochemistry
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Corequisite: CHEM 3531. Structure, properties, and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and their reactions in living organisms. Three-hour lecture and one three-hour lab. Does not count toward Biochemistry major.

CHEM 3531 - Principles of Biochemistry Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 3530. Lab to accompany CHEM 3530. One three-hour laboratory per week.

CHEM 3880 - Undergraduate Research II
1 to 4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Student research allied with the instructor's research or designed specifically for the particular student. Minimum of three clock-hours work per week required for each credit hour. Summary report or some other form of presentation required. A total of no more than four hours of research credits may be counted toward a major in chemistry. May be repeated for a total of four credits.

CHEM 3890 - Chemistry Instruction Internship
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of target courses and permission of instructor. A course to refine thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills through exposure to on-the-spot technical questions and a laboratory teaching experience as an assistant in an introductory chemistry laboratory. Course credits will count toward a major in General Science and one hour will count toward a major in Chemistry. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

CHEM 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Department chair should be consulted. Pass/Fail.

CHEM 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Department chair should be consulted. Pass/Fail.

CHEM 4000 - Medicinal Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011 and CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021 or CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 with permission of instructor. Drug design and development including structural changes involved in making drug analogs. Drug interaction with macromolecular targets including receptors, enzymes, and DNA. Various classes of drugs and their mechanisms for the treatment of specific therapeutic areas.

CHEM 4100 - Organic Spectroscopy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021. Theory of and practice in the interpretation of mass, infrared, Raman, ultraviolet-visible, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 4190 - Mass Spectrometry
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 2230/CHEM 2231, CHEM 4550/CHEM 4551, or consent of instructor. Mass spectrographic analysis emphasizing the use of the instrument in obtaining mass spectral data. Technique of obtaining spectra using gas chromatographic effluents as well as normal sampling procedures. Routine maintenance and an introduction to the interpretation of simple spectra.

CHEM 4230 - Instrumental Analysis
4 credit hours
(Same as FSCH 4230.) Prerequisite: CHEM 2230/CHEM 2231, or CHEM 4550/CHEM 4551. Corequisite: CHEM 4231. Potentiometric titration, polarographic, coulometric, gas chromatographic, ultraviolet, visible and infrared absorption, and atomic absorption techniques of analysis. Requirements and limitations of each technique for obtaining quantitative measurements; applications to various chemical systems from both theoretical and experimental standpoints. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 4231 - Instrumental Analysis Lab
0 credit hours
(Same as FSCH 4231.) Corequisite: CHEM 4230.

CHEM 4280 - Atomic Absorption Analysis Techniques
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 2230 / CHEM 2231 or consent of instructor. Laboratory study of atomic absorption spectrophotometry emphasizing the use of the instrument in making analytical measurements. Research instrumentation, flame, and non-flame techniques.

CHEM 4330 - Physical Chemistry Fundamentals I
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021; MATH 1910. Corequisite: CHEM 4331. Basic study of physical chemistry including modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and related theoretical topics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 4331 - Physical Chemistry Fundamentals I Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4330.

CHEM 4340 - Physical Chemistry Fundamentals II
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 4330/CHEM 4331. A continuation of CHEM 4330/CHEM 4331. Corequisite: CHEM 4341. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 4341 - Physical Chemistry Fundamentals II Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4340.

CHEM 4350 - Physical Chemistry I
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 2230/CHEM 2231; MATH 1920; PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021 or PHYS 2120/PHYS 2121. Corequisite: CHEM 4351. Quantitative principles of chemistry involving extensive use of calculus. Thermodynamics, phase changes, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, quantum chemistry, molecule structure, and statistical mechanics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 4351 - Physical Chemistry I Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4350.

CHEM 4360 - In-depth Physical Chemistry
5 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 4330/CHEM 4331; MATH 1920. Corequisite: CHEM 4361. A molecular approach to traditional physical chemistry. Concepts and theorems of classical thermodynamics revisited on the basis of quantum and statistical mechanics applied to simple molecular models. Necessary mathematical apparatus discussed in sufficient detail, but only at applied level. Laboratory session provides hands-on experience with quantum-chemistry computational software to predict thermochemical and spectroscopic properties of molecules. Three hours lecture and two three-hour laboratories. Offered every spring.

CHEM 4361 - Physical Chemistry II Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4360.

CHEM 4380 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Experimental Methods
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021 or CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031. NMR measurements, operation of the spectrometer, and evaluation of the quality of spectra produced.

CHEM 4400 - Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry Aq: Aqueous and Bio-
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1120 or equivalent; CHEM 2030 or CHEM 3010 recommended. The basic concepts and theories of inorganic chemistry and how these are used to predict and understand the physical and chemical properties of compounds of the elements other than carbon. Inorganic compounds in the air, water, earth, and in the laboratory and in biochemistry, geochemistry, and industrial materials and processes.

CHEM 4410 - Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry B: Structure, Bondin
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 3010 and CHEM 4400; corequisite: CHEM 4360/CHEM 4361 recommended. Atomic theory for chemical periodicity; symmetry and group theory; molecular orbital theory; coordination, organometallic, and bioinorganic chemistry of the transition metals.

CHEM 4430 - Advanced Synthetic Laboratory Techniques
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021. Corequisite: CHEM 4431. Techniques for synthesis and purification or organic, organometallic, and inorganic compounds. Practice in the measurement of NMR and IR spectra. Skills in library use for research. Four hours laboratory and one-hour lecture.

CHEM 4431 - Advanced Synthetic Laboratory Techniques Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4430.

CHEM 4450 - In-Depth Inorganic Chemistry Aq: Aqueous and Bio-inorga
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 2230, CHEM 3010, and CHEM 4410. In-depth study of concepts and theories of inorganic chemistry and how these are used to predict and understand the physical and chemical properties of compounds of the elements. Inorganic compounds in the air, water, earth, and in the laboratory and in biochemistry, geochemistry, and industrial materials and processes. Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 4400. Offered alternate spring semesters.

CHEM 4460 - In-Depth Inorganic Chemistry B: Structure, Bonding, Met
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 3010 and CHEM 4400 required; CHEM 3020 recommended; co-registration in CHEM 4360/CHEM 4361 recommended. In-depth study of atomic theory for chemical periodicy; symmetry and group theory; molecular orbital theory; chemistry of metals, nonmetals, and organometallic compounds. Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 4410. Offered alternate spring semesters.

CHEM 4500 - Biochemistry I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite/corequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021; not open to those who have had CHEM 3530/CHEM 3531. Chemical properties of biological molecules such as amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and carbohydrates. Chemical basis of enzyme catalysis and reactions of carbohydrate metabolism. Three hours lecture per week.

CHEM 4510 - Biochemistry II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 4500. Structure and metabolism of lipids, amino acids, nucleotides, and nucleic acids at the molecular level. Emphasis on chemistry of metabolic reactions. Three hours lecture per week.

CHEM 4520 - Topics in Biochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3530 or  CHEM 4500 or permission of instructor. Lectures, readings, and discussions of topics of current interest in biochemistry. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 4530 - Biochemical Techniques
2 credit hours
Prerequisite/corequisite: CHEM 4500 or consent of instructor. Laboratory in biochemical techniques with emphasis on protein purification, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate and lipid analysis, and manipulation of DNA. Six hours of laboratory per week.

CHEM 4550 - Bioanalytical Chemistry
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2030 /CHEM 2031  or CHEM 3020/ CHEM 3021; corequisite:CHEM 4551 . Survey of basic quantitative, qualitative, and purification methods with specific emphasis on molecules of interest to biochemistry. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab per week.

CHEM 4551 - Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4550. Laboratory to accompany CHEM 4550. One three-hour laboratory per week.

CHEM 4580 - Medical Technology Clinical Practicum
6 credit hours
Intensive classroom and laboratory studies covering principles and techniques in the areas of clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, bloodbanking, and related areas. Pass/Fail.

CHEM 4600 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 and 8 hours of BIOL and/or CHEM beyond the freshman level. Introduces major environmental issues including climate change, water quality, air pollution, landfills, hazardous wastes, fossil fuels, and alternative energy. The quality of environment and the changes in the environment due to contamination explored. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 4610 - Environmental Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011 and junior or senior standing. Fundamental chemical principles applied to the fate and behavior of environmental contaminants in soil-water environments. Important toxins explored and their movement and occurrence in ecosystems explained based on chemical and physical parameters. Topics will include pesticides, dioxin, mercury, and bioaccumulation. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 4700 - Polymers, an Introduction
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021; physical chemistry strongly recommended. Chemistry of polymers; their structure, properties, and applications. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 4730 - Advanced Physical Chemistry
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 4360/4361 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: CHEM 4731. Modern chemical concepts as applied to the areas of thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour calculation laboratory.

CHEM 4731 - Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: CHEM 4730

CHEM 4740 - Research Methods
3 credit hours
(Same as BIOL/PHYS/MATH 4740.) Prerequisite: YOED 3520. Provides secondary science and mathematics teacher candidates with the tools that scientists use to solve scientific problems. Students will use these tools in a laboratory setting, communicate findings, and understand how scientists develop new knowledge.

CHEM 4780 - Polymer and Materials Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/CHEM 3021; corequisites: CHEM 4700; CHEM 4330/CHEM 4331 strongly recommended.  Laboratory introduction to synthesis, kinetics, characterization, engineering, and applications of polymers and other modern materials.

CHEM 4880 - Research
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: 24 hours of ACS-approved chemistry courses. Student research allied with the instructor's research or designed specifically for the particular student. Minimum of twelve (12) hours a week. Student must write a formal report which is approved by the instructor to receive credit for this course.