Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kim Pamplin, Chair 
ACU Box 28132
Abilene, Texas 79699-8132
Foster Science Building, Room 256

Phone: 325-674-2176
Fax: 325-674-6988
Email: pamplin@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/chemistry

Faculty
T. Brian Cavitt, Associate Professor
Eric Hardegree, Professor
Kim Pamplin, Associate Professor
Cynthia Powell, Assistant Professor
Gregory Powell, Professor
Perry Reeves, Professor
Autumn Sutherlin, Associate Professor

Majors: Biochemistry (BA)
              Biochemistry (BS)
              Chemistry (BS) (IncludesTeacher Certification)
              Physical Science (One-Field Teacher Certification Grades 8-12) (BS) 

 Minor:  Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. A Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry is also offered. The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification in chemistry and in physical science. A “fast-track” cooperative degree in biochemistry is available for students who wish to enter professional school after three years at ACU (see the Interdisciplinary section of the catalog). A minor in chemistry may be added to other majors.

Introduction
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has the finest facilities, including more than a dozen undergraduate and research laboratories, and an outstanding faculty, all of whom hold a Ph.D. The undergraduate program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1971.

A major in chemistry or biochemistry prepares a student for a wide variety of work opportunities. Advancing the frontiers of chemical and biochemical knowledge through research can be accomplished in an academic or industrial setting. Alumni teach chemistry and other sciences at any level from grade school through university. Chemists and biochemists work in areas of biotechnology, polymers, forensics, environmental monitoring and remediation, and also in the petroleum, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.   

Health professions such as medicine and dentistry require an understanding of chemistry and biochemistry as a basis for advanced study. More than 150 practicing doctors and dentists majored in chemistry or biochemistry at ACU as a part of their pre-professional training. In addition, law schools and business schools readily admit individuals with strong science backgrounds to their graduate programs.

To help students better tailor their undergraduate program to eventual career goals, the department offers eight degree programs. Bachelor of Science programs in chemistry (ACS track) or biochemistry (ACS or standard tracks) are designed for students who plan a career as a professional chemist or biochemist, or those who intend to work toward a graduate degree. The BS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry (ACS tracks) are designed to comply with ACS guidelines. The BS degree in chemistry (teaching track) is designed to lead to certification as a secondary chemistry teacher. The BS degree leading to physical science certification is designed to prepare students to teach physics, chemistry, and related subjects in grades 8-12. The BA degree in biochemistry and the BS degree in biochemistry (health science track) are designed for students who are preparing to enter professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry, or for those who wish to enter the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries. A “fast-track” cooperative degree in biochemistry allows students to enter professional schools after three years at ACU.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the program in chemistry or biochemistry, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog. 

CHEMISTRY (BS)         

BS: CHEMISTRY DEGREE PLAN (CHEM)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Chemistry

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I   

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I  

    CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar

         (writing-intensive course) 

    CHEM 453 Biochemistry I  

    Advanced Chemistry Course  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

1

4

4

4

4

4

 

3

3

3

30

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (TRACKS)  

ACS Track (CHEM)

    Chemistry

         CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry I  

         CHEM 334 Physical Chemistry II  

         CHEM 441/443 Inorganic Chemistry Lecture/Lab  

    Mathematics

         MATH 185 Calculus I   

         MATH 186 Calculus II  

         MATH 286 Calculus III  

    Physics

         PHYS 120 Engineering Physics I  

         PHYS 121 Engineering Physics I Lab  

         PHYS 122/123 Engineering Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL 

CHEMISTRY EDUCATION Track (CHMT)

    CHEM 413 Physical Chemistry/Life Sciences  

    PHYS 110 Gen. Physics I  

    PHYS 111 Gen. Physics I Lab 

    PHYS 112/113 Gen. Physics II Lecture/Lab  

    MATH 131 Calculus for Application or

         MATH 185 Calculus I  

    EDUC 211 Education Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives  

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology   

    EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media and

         EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods  

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching  

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas  

    SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs 
    (writing-intensive course)  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

 

4

4

4

 

(3)1

3

3

 

(3)1

1

4

 23

 

3

(3)1

1

4

 

(3)1

3

(3)1

 

6

6

3

 
3

 29

 

 

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (ACS Track)  

Minimum (CHMT Track)  

19

13

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION (FOR CHMT TRACK)  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation (ACS Track)  

Minimum GPA for graduation (CHMT Track)  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

2.75

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BIOCHEMISTRY (BS)    

BS: BIOCHEMISTRY DEGREE PLAN (BCH)   
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Chemistry

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I   

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar
    (writing-intensive course) 

    CHEM 453 Biochemistry I  

    CHEM 454 Biochemistry II  

    CHEM 463 Biochemistry Lab I  

    CHEM 464 Biochemistry Lab II  

Biology

    BIOL 112 General Biology I   

    BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab  

    BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 312 Cell Biology  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

1

4

4

4

 
3

3

3

1

1

 

(3)1

1

4

3

32

 

 

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (TRACKS)  

ACS Track (BCHC)

    CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry I  

    CHEM 334 Physical Chemistry II  

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I  

    CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 443 Inorganic Chemistry  

    MATH 185 Calculus I   

    MATH 186 Calculus II      

    MATH 286 Calculus III  

    PHYS 120/121 Engineering Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 122/123 Engineering Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

STANDARD Track (BCHE)

    CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry I  

    CHEM 334 Physical Chemistry II  

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I or

         CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 443 Inorganic Chemistry  

    MATH 124 Precalculus II  

    MATH 185 Calculus I  

    MATH 186 Calculus II  

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

HEALTH SCIENCES Track (BCHS)

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I or

         CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 413 Physical Chemistry/Life Sciences  

    BIOL 475 Molecular Genetics  

    Choose 9 hours from: BIOL 221/223, 222/224, 313, 330
         355/357, 454, 480, 484, 491/493, 492/495, 498  

    MATH 131 Calculus for Application or

         MATH 185 Calculus I  

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

4

4

4

4

3

(3)1

3

3

4

4

33

 

4

4

 

4

3

(3)1

3

3

4

4

29

 

 

4

3

3


9

 

(3)1

4

4

27

ELECTIVES  

Minimum ACS (BCHC)  7

Minimum Standard (BCHE) 11

Minimum Health Sciences (BCHS) 13

7

11

13

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

33

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE (ONE-FIELD TEACHER CERTIFICATION GRADES 8-12) (BS)   

BS: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION – PHYSICAL SCIENCE (GRADES 8-12) DEGREE PLAN (CPST)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

    CHEM 131/133 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 341 Environmental Chemistry 

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I  

    CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar 

    GEOL 111 Introduction to Geology   

    MATH 185 Calculus I   

    PHYS 101 Astronomy   

    PHYS 120/121 Engineering Physics I Lecture/Lab 

    PHYS 122/123 Engineering Physics II Lecture/Lab 

    PHYS 230/231 Modern Physics Lecture/Lab 

    PHYS 482 Topics in Physics  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

4

4

4

4

3

4

3

(3)1

(3)1

(3)1

4

4

4

3

41

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

    EDUC 211 Education Foundations and

         Multicultural Perspectives  

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology   

    EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media  

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods  

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching  

         Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas  

    SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs

         (writing-intensive course) 

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

(3)1

3

3

6

 

3

 

3

21

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

10

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

 

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.75

33

129

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Bachelor of Arts Degrees (BA)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the program in chemistry or biochemistry, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.


BIOCHEMISTRY (BA)    

BA: BIOCHEMISTRY DEGREE PLAN (BCHA)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Chemistry

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I   

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I or

         CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 413 Physical Chemistry/Life Sciences  

    CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar

         (writing-intensive course) 

    CHEM 453 Biochemistry I  

    CHEM 454 Biochemistry II  

    CHEM 463 Biochemistry Lab I  

    CHEM 464 Biochemistry Lab II  

Biology

    BIOL 112 General Biology I   

    BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab  

    BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 312 Cell Biology  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

1

4

4

4

 

4

3

 

3

3

3

1

1

 

(3)1

1

4

3

39

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

English

    Sophomore Literature  

Foreign Language

    (requirement waived)  

Mathematics

    MATH 131 Calculus for Application   

Physics

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

 

0

 

(3)1

 

4

4

11

 

 

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

22

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

33

128


Cooperative Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)   

ACU awards the bachelor’s degree with a biochemistry track to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized professional school. See the Health Professions Cooperative Degree in the Interdisciplinary Programs section of this catalog for complete course requirements.


Minor in Chemistry       

MINOR: CHEMISTRY (CHEM)   

Chemistry Foundations

    CHEM 131/133 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

Advanced Chemistry

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

Advanced Chemistry selection from:

    CHEM 333-375, 413-454  

TOTAL  

 

4

4

4

 

4

 

>2

>18

 

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry include those with the following designation: CHEM, GEOL.

 

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