|Plans in Chemistry lead to the bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.)
degrees. The Chemistry Program has completed evaluation and assessment and re-accreditation
by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2009 and is on the ACS's list of approved
chemistry programs nationwide. Therefore students may now obtain ACS-certified BS
degrees in chemistry if they complete the appropriate curriculum. Students enrolled
in the Chemistry plan may choose from high quality content courses in all of the traditional
areas of Organic, Analytical, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, as well as in the
specialization areas such as Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Technology, Forensic
Chemistry, Petrochemical & Process Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry for Pre-Health
Profession Students. Moreover, students are encouraged to further enhance their studies
by undertaking research with one of the Chemistry plan's faculty in any of these areas.
In regard to such research, it should be noted that the Chemistry plan has received
endowments from the Welch Foundation in the form of a Chemistry Departmental Research
Grant. Those funds have been expended in support of the research efforts carried out
by the plan's faculty during the training of students. The Chemistry plan also has
an endowment from the Zeon Chemicals Company.
All chemistry courses taken at UHCL more than one year prior to being admitted to
the Chemistry plan are subject to faculty review before being accepted for degree
The B.A. degree is recommended for students preparing for careers in interdisciplinary
areas such as medicine, secondary school teaching, patent law and environmental science.
The B.S. degree is designed to meet the needs of students planning careers as professional
chemists and is recommended as preparation for graduate training or for a career in
the chemical industry.
Academic advising is a key to successfully completing your study in the Chemistry
Program. College of Science and Engineering advisors including both academic and faculty advisors help students create sound and effective
study plans, i.e., the Candidate Plan of Studies (CPS), and continually advise and
guide the students throughout their scholastic careers. By doing that, students
should work with their advisors to create their own CPS's in their first semester
at University of Houston-Clear Lake.