Mission Statement

The mission of the Chemistry Department at the University of Rio Grande is to provide a stimulating and positive environment for the discovery, integration, and communication of chemistry. Whether a career in the chemical sciences is desired or the pursuit of graduate or professional studies is preferred, students are prepared for future endeavors by rigorous intellectual stimulation, the development of practical laboratory skills, and the provision of opportunities for scholarly research. This environment of intellectual inquiry and professional growth is supported by the faculty’s commitment to teaching, research, and service, and is underscored by following the guidelines of the American Chemical Society. In addition, this program complements the mission of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by contributing to the scientific and technological literacy, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making abilities of students from all fields and from all walks of life. 

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills to provide solutions to theoretical and experimental problems in chemistry.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts of the five foundational areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  • Utilize various measuring techniques in the laboratory to perform accurate and precise quantitative measurements.
  • Effectively interpret and communicate experimental results.
  • Utilize computers to support the learning and practice of chemistry (data acquisition and analysis, access to information, preparation of reports, and molecular modeling).
  • Explain the relevance of chemistry to other fields and society.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy and professional ethics.

Facilities

The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants and a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. Our center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of our campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997 providing math/science students along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.

Degree Requirements

Associate of Science – Chemistry (2421)

DescriptionCredits
General Education (must include)41
BIO 12104 Biology I4
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
MTH 15105 (TM) Calculus I5
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required hours15
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
CHM 27202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHM 27303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory II3
CHM 40303 Physical Chemistry Theory I3
Personal elective hours4
Total required hours for degree60

Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Chemistry (2430)

DescriptionCredits
General Education (must include)40-41
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
DescriptionCredits
Minor Area required hours15
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
CHM 27202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHM 27303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory II3
MTH 15204 Calculus II4
Electives 30000-400005
Major and elective hours64-70
Total required hours for degree120