The TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that we will offer a NEW track in environmental chemistry starting Fall 2018. Environmental chemistry is the study of the roles of chemical species in natural places such as water, air and soil; the effects of human and biological activities on these roles; and the effects these roles have on human and biological activities. The track will draw upon courses from existing programs in chemistry and biochemistry as well as new courses focusing solely on environmental chemistry.
Our department offers the following bachelor of science degrees:
- BS in Biochemistry with an American Chemical Society Certification
- BS in Biochemistry for Pre-Health Majors
- BS in Chemistry
- BS in Chemistry with an American Chemistry Society Certification
- BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry with a Teacher Certification in:
- 6-12 Physical Science, or
- 7-12 Science.
A chemistry minor also is available to TWU undergraduate students.
Undergraduate program features
As an undergraduate student, you will participate in cutting-edge research with knowledgeable faculty. You will have opportunities to present your work at local, regional and national scientific conferences. Many of our undergraduate students are co-authors on peer-reviewed papers published in prestigious journals such as The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ACS Omega, Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, and Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Learn the theory and practice of instrumental analysis in our outstanding, state of the art chemistry laboratories. Our undergraduate teaching labs are equipped with instrumentation such as GC-MS, AA Spectrometer, UV/Vis and fluorescence spectrometers, and a 90 MHz NMR spectrometer.
Our undergraduate students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Washington University, Duke University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The development of GLPs (Good Laboratory Practices) includes learning and using safe practices in the chemical laboratory. We have developed a culture in which safety is both a personal and social responsibility. We are also incorporating more environmentally sound practices into our undergraduate laboratory courses. As an example of "Green Chemistry" in action, we have incorporated microwave synthesis experiments into our second-year organic lab.
For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was recently singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Faculty from the department also received the William E. Bennet Award, presented by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, for their success in promoting civic engagement and social responsibility through their courses and degree programs.
Page last updated 3:15 PM, October 3, 2018