Chemistry (BS)

“Doing” chemistry is as important as “learning” chemistry.

Program Description

Houston Baptist University’s Chemistry Department offers a student majoring in Chemistry a strong foundation in theory and laboratory practice. Laboratory courses are part of the curriculum from the freshman year through the senior year.

Undergraduate research experiences outside of normal courses are available with faculty mentors, and have been financially supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation for over 25 years.

Advantages and Opportunities

All classes and labs are taught by faculty members with PhD degrees in chemistry, not by TAs. Our classes are small, and laboratories are taught by faculty. Faculty members are available to assist students outside of class.

All senior chemistry students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project in the senior seminar course.

Facilities include four laboratories and modern instrumentation. They contain:

  • a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • a high-pressure liquid chromatograph
  • a Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer
  • a computer-interfaced ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer
  • a FID capillary column gas chromatograph
  • a scanning fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • instrumentation for electrochemical experiments
  • and an atomic absorption instrument

Students may explore the field of chemistry through membership in HBU’s Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Students interested in industrial chemical careers may explore that option through participation in the Chemistry department’s Internship Program.

It is possible for students to receive credit for Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1404) and the first General Chemistry Course (CHEM 2415) through CLEP, AP, College Board Achievement, and International Baccalaureate exams.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Besides the typical projects students complete in the senior seminar course, Chemistry major students may be invited to participate in undergraduate research projects outside of normal coursework, and receive a stipend for their participation.

Such students are designated as Welch Undergraduate Research Scholars because the research program is supported by a Departmental Grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

Current areas of research are:

  • the Quartz Crystal Microbalance
  • Interactions of Metals with DNA
  • Inorganic Diruthenium Complexes
  • Porphyrins
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chromatography
  • Bucky Ball
  • Organic Reaction Kinetics
  • Microscale Organic Chemistry Reactions
  • Experiments for the Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories
  • and Protein Solubility and Stability

Some of these projects have been published in national journals. Some have been presented as posters at the annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium at HBU or at other professional meetings for chemists.

After Graduation

There is usually robust demand for chemists in the workforce.

Many Houston Baptist University chemistry graduates are practicing medicine and dentistry. Some chemistry majors have gone on to graduate school and earned master’s or doctoral degrees. Others are working in the chemical industry, in biochemical laboratories, or are practicing law. Some Chemistry majors have become pharmacists and other health professionals.

What Next?

If you are excited about Chemistry, there is nowhere you should rather be than with us at Houston Baptist University. Read more about our program in the course catalog.

Apply today.

You may also be interested in our Biochemistry-Molecular Biology major.