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B.S. in Chemistry


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a degree designed for students with a passion for testing theories and engaging in scientific practices. Students who enjoy working with their hands and exercising their minds will thrive on the challenges of the creative science that this degree presents. The demand for chemists is high and will continue to grow as society moves further toward a highly developed technological age that depends on the scientific materials that are available. Our Chemistry program offers concentrations in the following areas:

Designed With You in Mind

The Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree with or without Teacher Certification. This degree prepares students for graduate studies or careers in various sectors of the scientific field.


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Plan Your Future

Student working in the chemistry lab.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a B.S. in Chemistry can be found working in many diverse fields such as:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Information science
  • Health and safety
  • Engineering
  • Environmental protection

And much more!

Student Employment

Student Employment

Students in our program who maintain a solid GPA and show dedication toward their studies are offered positions as lab assistants. Many of our students also work in our Science Clinic as tutors. Much like lab assistantships, students must meet a certain GPA requirement to be accepted as a tutor.

Student talking to an employer at a Career Fair.

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Job fairs
  • On-campus interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Students will work with highly sophisticated instruments, computers, basic lab ware, and chemicals
  • Students will gain the knowledge to continue into graduate studies, as well as the skills to pursue careers in the scientific field
  • Students will learn how to handle real-world situations by utilizing hands-on activities in the classroom

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
CHEM 3407 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 4327 Qualitative Organic Analysis
CHEM 4345 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 4477 Environmental Chemistry
BIOL 3303 Genetics
BIOL 3407 Microbiology
EDUC 4690 Clinical Teaching

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Members of the Tarleton Chemical Society

Tarleton Chemical Society

The purpose of the Tarleton Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society is to allow students who have an interest in chemistry to meet and interact with like-minded individuals. The chapter helps chemistry majors make valuable connections in the professional chemical industry. Student members can get on campus jobs, such as: 

  • Laboratory Assistants
  • Chemical Stock Room Attendants
  • Tutors
  • Paid Research Assistants to Chemistry faculty members


The Tarleton Planetarium is an integral part of our Science Building, which opened in April 2001. Featuring a Digistar II digital starfield projector, 18 photographic slide projectors, two video projectors, and surround sound under a 40' (12.192m) dome, our 56-seat theatre is truly a fitting environment in which to explore the wonders of the universe.

Chemistry faculty


The Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics is fortunate to be the recipient of a Chemistry Departmental Research Grant from The Robert A. Welch Foundation of Houston, Texas. A portion of these funds is used to provide undergraduate students with stipends to assist in research endeavors. Files faculty members are currently involved in basic chemical research projects sponsored by this grant: 

  • Dr. Peter Bell (Organic Chemistry)
  • Dr. Stephen Field (Geochemistry) 
  • Dr. Arthur Low (Theoretical Chemistry) 
  • Dr. Harold Rathburn (Biochemistry) 
  • Dr. Linda Schultz (Inorganic Chemistry)