May 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Michael A. Janusa, chair
Math Building, Room 104
Phone: (936) 468-3606
Fax: (936) 468-7634
P.O. Box 13006, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Michele R. Harris, Michael A. Janusa, Kefa K. Onchoke

Associate Professors
Alyx S. Frantzen, Darrell R. Fry, Odutayo O. Odunuga

Assistant Professors
Brian M. Barngrover, Russell J. Franks, John B. Gary, Xiaozhen Han, Bidisha Sengupta, Matibur R. Zamadar

Catherine Kwiatkowski


The objectives of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are:

  • to prepare students for graduate and/or professional schools (e.g., medical)
  • to prepare students for positions in industry, government service and teaching
  • to allow science students with non-chemistry majors to relate chemistry to their major science
  • and to acquaint non-science students with the methods, concepts and achievements of the science of chemistry.

The chemistry curriculum has the full approval of the American Chemical Society for training professional chemists.

  • Biochemistry - curriculum designed for students interested in biochemistry-related careers or life/health sciences (i.e. medical), which includes premedical and other pre-professional students. Biochemistry combines the fundamentals of chemistry with advanced courses in biochemistry and the life sciences. Biochemistry students are required to minor in biology (21 hours).
  • Fermentation Science - curriculum designed for students interested in entering the fermentation science industry after graduation. The program’s multidisciplinary curriculum provides students with a broad fundamental level of knowledge in the chemical, biochemical and microbiological principles and concepts integral to the fermentation process. Students in the program also learn the basic principles of food handling, hygiene, safety and regulatory practices in the industry, along with the basic principles of management and administration in the hospitality industry. Internships with local fermentation-oriented businesses provide students with hands-on, real-world experience in laboratory procedures and methods used for product quality control and quality assurance in the fermentation industry.
  • Interdisciplinary - curriculum designed for students interested in learning chemical sciences; however, other options may be designed with approval of the department. Although chemistry is a distinct subject or discipline of inquiry, chemistry contributes to all the other science disciplines and is interdisciplinary by nature. It is for this reason this concentration allows students the flexibility to supplement a core study of chemistry with courses in other science fields. The curriculum provides students the intellectual tools to integrate their concentration areas, engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving, and prepares them for careers and/or graduate programs that increasingly cross disciplinary boundaries. Graduates are prepared for entry into the job market or graduate study in the sciences or an interdisciplinary area, or in medical, law and business schools. Interdisciplinary concentration students are required to have 25 hours of approved minor/concentration courses.
  • Professional Chemist - curriculum designed for students who wish to pursue graduate education for a career in research in chemistry or in a chemical industry. The curriculum specifically includes advanced coursework in all five sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic and physical). Students selecting the professional chemist concentration are free to choose any minor; however, the combined science minor is highly recommended.
  • Secondary Education (JacksTeach) - curriculum designed for students whose career goals are in the secondary education field. Secondary education students are required to minor in secondary education (24 hours).
  • Research Intensive - designed to develop the skills (critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, communication, etc.) needed for students to obtain a complete education and apply their knowledge to real-world problems after graduation. This concentration requires a minimum of four additional hours of 275, 276, 475 or 476 above the 275/475 required in the curriculum.

Student Organization

American Chemical Society Student Chapter, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Chapter, Chemistry Club

Definition of Major and Minor

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for a Bachelor of Science degree. The department offers a Bachelor of Science that requires all students to complete a major track and minor, take the appropriate core curriculum requirements and have the required semester hours for graduation.

The biochemistry major consists of 19 core chemistry hours, selected chemistry courses and a biology minor. The chemistry major consists of 19 core chemistry hours and one area of concentration from: biochemical/premedical, fermentation science, interdisciplinary, professional chemist and chemistry teaching.

A maximum of four hours of CHEM 4175 /CHEM 4176  may be counted toward the major.

The Research Intensive concentration is not a major concentration but may be added to any chemistry department degree for a research intensive emphasis. 

The chemistry minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours of chemistry coursework.

The following courses may not be used in either the chemistry major or chemistry minor: CHEM 1305 , CHEM 1307 CHEM 3402 , CHEM 3320  and CHEM 3330 .

Co-Requisite Courses

Courses that are co-requisites must be taken together during the same semester. Separate grades will be awarded for these courses. Withdrawal from one co-requisite course requires the dropping of the other course. A student is not required to repeat a co-requisite course for which the student has received a passing grade of C.

Course Credit

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses that are prerequisites to a chemistry course. Unless otherwise indicated, courses are three semester hours credit, three hours lecture per week.

Certification for Chemistry or Physical Science Teaching (Grades 8-12)

Students who wish to qualify for teaching certificates should consult the Teacher Certification section of this bulletin.

Graduate Study in Chemistry

For more information and eligibility requirements, consult the Graduate Bulletin.

MCAT/DAT Pre-requisites

The following courses (and any co-requisite labs) must be completed prior to taking MCAT/DAT, which is typically taken spring of junior year:



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