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Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, as well as a minor in Chemistry.

Admission Policy

The goal of the Department of Chemistry is to provide undergraduate students a program of study with the highest possible standards. The admission policy of the Department of Chemistry is designed to identify those students most likely to succeed in their undergraduate Chemistry education. All applicants for admission to the Department of Chemistry will be admitted to the Department as Pre-Chemistry (PCH) students. In order to declare Chemistry as a major, a student’s academic performance will be evaluated after the six courses listed below have been completed.

To declare a major in Chemistry, a PCH student must have:

  • a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA coursework
  • a grade point average of at least 2.5 the six courses listed below
  • successfully satisfied all three sections (mathematics, reading, and writing) of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
  • successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with a grade of “C-” or better:
    CHE  1103           General Chemistry I (or CHE 1143 Principles of Chemistry I)
    CHE  1113           General Chemistry II (or CHE 1153 Principles of Chemistry II)
    CHE  1121           General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  1131           General Chemistry II Laboratory
    MAT  1214          Calculus I
    PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory

Applicants who have completed all the above courses as equivalent transferable college credit with a grade of “C-” or better and have no UTSA coursework can declare a Chemistry or Biochemistry major if they:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better for transfer courses equivalent to the six course listed above
  • have successfully satisfied all three sections (mathematics, reading, and writing) of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

PCH students are restricted from registering for upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) Chemistry courses without the consent of an undergraduate academic advisor. A student who does not meet all the above requirements after completing the above 16 credit hours will no longer be considered a PCH student and their major will be changed from PCH to undeclared (UND) in the University student record system. The student must choose a major other than chemistry. A chemistry minor is, however, available to all UTSA students who seek to complement a different academic major with a strong foundation in chemistry. Students can be reinstated as a Chemistry major, but only after successfully completing all the PCH requirements, and upon approval of the Chemistry Department.

Degrees and Minors



Course Descriptions