Thomas P. West (Department Head)
Location: Science Building, 903-886-5392
Chemistry Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/scienceEngineeringAgriculture/departments/chemistry/default.aspx
Dr. Thomas West, Department Head
The Department of Chemistry provides a broad range of subjects, courses and opportunity for independent research at the master’s level. Programs are designed to provide suitable preparation for PhD programs, community college & public school teaching, governmental and industrial employment, and for research.
Chemistry laboratories are equipped for research in physical, organic, inorganic, biological, and analytical chemistry. Modern chemical instrumentation includes NMR, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, atomic absorption, and time-of-flight & ion mobility mass spectrometers; gas and liquid chromatographs; high temperature and/or pressure reactors; an ultracentrifuge; a cold room; and standard laboratory instruments.
Program of Graduate Work
The Department of Chemistry offers a thesis and non-thesis Master of Science degree including professional tracks in Chemical Education and Chemical Business.
Admission to a graduate program is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department and a departmental evaluation of two letters of reference, a personal statement about achievements, career goals and interests in A&M-Commerce, TOEFL for students whose native language is not English, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and undergraduate academic record.
Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who in the judgment of the departmental graduate committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.
CHEM 501 - Graduate Seminar
Graduate Seminar. One semester hour. Students' presentations of research articles from recent chemical journals and guest speakers' lectures on their research, with discussion. Students meet with guest speakers to learn about employment and other professional opportunities.
CHEM 502 - Safety in the Chemical Laboratory
Safety in the Chemical Laboratory. Three semester hours. An introduction to the safety problems encountered in the operation of the chemical laboratory. Topics include types of hazardous materials, proper storage procedures, causes of accidents, identification and minimization of laboratory hazards, proper utilization of safety devices, emergency procedures, review of safety codes.
CHEM 503 - Advanced Chemistry Survey I
This is the first part of two course series to increase the knowledge of students pursuing a masters in chemistry who lack training in traditional upper level chemistry courses.
CHEM 504 - Advanced Chemistry Survey II
This is the second part of a two course series to increase the knowledge of students pursuing a masters in chemistry who lack training in traditional upper level chemistry courses.
CHEM 513 - Organic Mech & Structure
A study of the fundamental mechanisms of organic reactions with emphasis on the effects of structural and stereochemical changes on the course of reactions. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2325.
CHEM 514 - Biochemistry
CHEM 515 - Synthetic Organic Transformations
Synthetic Organic Transformations. Three semester hours. Chemical and biochemical methods for transforming and synthesizing organic chemical compounds, including bioactive agents and pharmaceuticals. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head and instructor's approval. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor.
CHEM 518 - Thesis
Thesis. Three to six semester hours. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis.
CHEM 521 - Chemical Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics. Three semester hours. A study of the theories and applications of classical thermodynamic functions. Prerequisites: Chemistry 351 and 352.
CHEM 522 - Quantum Chemistry
Quantum Chemistry. Three semester hours. A study of the mathematical aspects of quantum mechanics including blackbody radiation, fundamental postulates, rotation, vibration, hydrogen atom, variational calculation, pertubational calculation, electron spin, chemical bonding, and spectroscopy.
CHEM 523 - Mathematical Methods in Chemistry
Mathematical Methods in Chemistry. Three semester hours. Mathematical methods and their utility in the various fields of chemistry will be covered. As the subject matter changes, the course may be repeated up to two times with department head approval. Prerequisites: Consent of the department head.
CHEM 527 - Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I
Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I. Three semester hours. Methods for purifying, identifying and characterizing chemical and biochemical compounds. Use of spectroscopic, diffraction, and chromatographic methods, especially those utilized in research. As the subject changes, the course may be repeated for credit.
CHEM 528 - Chem Biochem Charact II
The course focuses on the instrumentation methods covered by CHEM 527. It includes the method development of the software and detailed understanding of the hardware components and their modifications to meet various application needs.
CHEM 529 - Workshop in Chemistry
For current and future teachers of chemistry and other sciences. Depending on the subject and students' needs, this course consists of lectures or lectures and laboratory. As the subject changes, the course may be taken repeatedly, but the maximum total credit is six semester hours. Prerequisites: department head's consent.
CHEM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chem
Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry. Three semester hours. A study of the application of modern concepts of bonding and energetics to problems of the structure and reactions of inorganic compounds.
CHEM 533 - Kinetics and Mechanism
Chemical Kinetics and Mechanism. Three semester hours. Principles and methods of chemical kinetics and study of reaction mechanisms in organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head's permission.
CHEM 536 - Organometallic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry. Three semester hours. Synthesis, structure, reactivity, and other properties of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds. Application of organometallics in synthesis, catalysis, and industrial processes. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head's approval.
CHEM 541 - Adv Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry. Three semester hours. Theoretical principles of analytical chemistry and their applications.
CHEM 547 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis I
Principles and techniques of analytical chemistry will be covered. As the subject matter changes, the course may be repeated up to two times with department head approval.
CHEM 548 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis II
Advanced Instrumental Analysis II. Three semester hours. The course extends the coverage of instruments not covered by CHEM 547. It includes methods of development of the software and detailed understanding of the hardware components and their modifications to meet various application needs.
CHEM 581 - Nuclear Science
Nuclear Science. Three semester hours. Principles of nuclear reactions, nuclear decay laws, nuclear structure, and radiochemical techniques will be covered. This course is designed for advanced study in nuclear science. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
CHEM 589 - Independent Studies
Independent Studies. Assigned reading or assigned original research project, which the student does under the guidance of a faculty member. Students in option I may take this course in addition to CHEM 518. Students in option II may take this course to improve their qualifications and career prospects. May be repeated once, for work on the same project. Prerequisites: More than two complete semesters of graduate study, instructor's approval, and department head's consent.
CHEM 595 - Research Lit & Techniques
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. Option-II students learn about current research by studying assigned articles in primary literature and preparing a scholarly review of primary literature or doing a smaller research project. Option-I students take CHEM 518 instead. Prerequisites: more than two semesters of graduate study, approval by the students advising professor, and consent of the department head.
CHEM 597 - Special Topics
B.S., Ph.D., University of Sussex.
B.A., Columbia Union College; Ph.D., Howard University.
Ben W.- L. Jang
B.S., National Taiwan University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.
BS., Zhejiang University, China, Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S., Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
Thomas P. West
B.S., Purdue University; M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University-College Station