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Chemistry

The chemistry program's mission is to provide engineering students at Texas A&M University at Qatar with a thorough foundation in chemical principles. We aim to fulfill this mission by employing innovative pedagogy in the teaching of chemistry and allowing students access to modern, cutting edge instrumentation to develop their laboratory skills. Members of the chemistry faculty are dedicated teachers and researchers. Through funding from the Qatar National Research Foundation, some undergraduate engineering students are involved in a number of chemistry research projects that are designed to promote critical thinking skills.
 
Participation in these research projects will not only serve our students well as they enter into their professional careers, but will also allow them to appreciate the primary role of an active R&D program in expanding the scope of scientific knowledge and in sustaining Qatar's economic progress.
 
To view the full list of Chemistry courses offered by the home department at Texas A&M University in College Station, please follow the link Department of Chemistry.
 

Curricula in Chemistry

 
 
An understanding of chemistry is critical to an understanding of life and its associated activities. Chemistry and chemical principles profoundly influence the way we live, communicate, and interact with one another, so it is little wonder that a strong background in chemistry provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers of major importance in the 21st century. Chemistry is uniquely positioned at the crossroad between the biological and physical sciences. By exploiting their understanding of both realms, chemists and other professionals with strong backgrounds in chemistry have made, and continue to make, major contributions to improve the human condition. Major technological and biological discoveries almost always depend on a fundamental understanding of chemistry and the pursuit of these discoveries, as a way to improve the world in which we live, drives those who seek to be a part of the process.
 
The Chemistry Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar offers course work and research in various areas of chemistry, organized into a program leading to a minor degree in chemistry.
 

Course Descriptions

 
CHEMISTRY (CHEM)
 
102. Fundamentals of Chemistry II. (3-0). Credit 3.
 
Theory and applications of oxidation-reductions systems; thermodynamics and kinetics; complex equilibria and solubility products; nuclear chemistry; descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 101, 111 or their equivalent. Concurrent registration in CHEM 112 suggested.
 
107. General Chemistry for Engineering Students. (3-3). Credit 4.
 
Introduction to important concepts and principles of chemistry; emphasis on areas considered most relevant in an engineering context; practical applications of chemical principles in engineering and technology. Students completing CHEM 107 and changing majors to curricula requiring CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 may substitute CHEM 107 for CHEM 101. Students may not receive credit for both CHEM 107 and CHEM 101.
 
112. Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II. (0-3).Credit 1.
 
Introduction to analytical and synthetic methods and to quantitative techniques to both inorganic and organic compounds with emphasis on an investigative approach. Prerequisites: CHEM 101, 111; CHEM 102 or registration therein.
 
227. Organic Chemistry I. (3-0). Credit 3.
 
Introduction to chemistry of compounds of carbon; general principles and their application to various industrial and biological processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 102 or 104. Concurrent registration in CHEM 237 is suggested.
 
228. Organic Chemistry II. (3-0). Credit 3.
 
Continuation of CHEM 227. Prerequisite: CHEM 227. Concurrent registration in CHEM 238 is suggested.
 
237. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1.
 
Operations and techniques of elementary organic chemistry laboratory; preparation, reactions and properties of representative organic compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 or 114; CHEM 227 or registration therein.
 
238. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1.
 
Continuation of CHEM 237. Prerequisites: CHEM 228 or registration therein; CHEM 237.
 
316. Quantitative Analysis. (2-0). Credit 2.
 
 Introduction to methods of chemical analysis; chemical equilibrium. Prerequisite: CHEM 102 or 104.
 
318. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1.
 
Laboratory work consists of selected experiments in quantitative analysis designed to typify operations of general application; work is primarily volumetric with limited gravimetric experiments. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 or 114; CHEM 315 or 316 or registration therein.
 
322. Physical Chemistry for Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3.
 
Quantum theory, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry and macromolecules. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 or 104; CHEN 205 and 354; MATH 152 or equivalent.
 
466. Polymer Chemistry. (3-0). Credit 3.
 
Mechanisms of polymerization reactions of monomers and molecular weight distributions of products; principles, limitations and advantages of most important methods of molecular weight determination; relationship of physical properties to structure and composition; correlations of applications with chemical constitution. Prerequisites: CHEM 228 and 315 or equivalents.
 
485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 or more.
 
Introduction to research, library and laboratory work. Prerequisites: Senior classification and approval of chemistry advisor.
 
489. Special Topics in...Credit 1 to 4.
 
Selected topics in an identified field of chemistry. May be repeated for credit.
 

Minor in Chemistry

 
Students seeking a minor in Chemistry must complete a declaration of minor form and have it approved by the Science Program Coordinator and their academic advisor. The courses required for the minor are listed below along with any restrictions and conditions. All students seeking a Chemistry minor must complete at least 22 credits of chemistry, consistent with the statement on minors published by the American Chemical Society.
All students must satisfy the requirements in Categories A and B below. Students whose major requires 16 or fewer credits of chemistry must take 3 credits from Category C and an additional 3 credits from either Category C or D for a total of 6 or more credits.
 
Students whose major requires greater than 16 credits of chemistry must take at least 3 credits from Category C and at least 3 credits from Category D for a total of 6 or more credits.
 
A. General Inorganic Chemistry (8 credits)

CHEM 101(3) and CHEM 111(1) or CHEM 103(3)/113(1) or CHEM 107 (3)/CHEM
117(1) plus
CHEM 102(3) and CHEM 112 (1) or CHEM 104(3)/114(1)

B. Organic Chemistry (8 credits)

CHEM 222(3) and CHEM 242(1) or CHEM 227(3), CHEM 237(1), or CHEM 231(2)
plus
CHEM 228(3) and CHEM 238(1) or CHEM 234(3)

C. Analytical, Environmental, or Physical Chemistry (3-6 credits dependent on major)  
At least one laboratory course is required but no more than one-third of the credits in this category may be laboratory course credits.

CHEM 315(3), 316(2), 317(2), 318(1), 320(2), 322(3), 325(1), 326(1), 327(3), 328(3), 334(2), 362(3), or 383(3). Students may not count both CHEM 315 and 316.

D. Advanced Chemistry Elective (0-3 credits dependent on major)  
Chemistry 415(3), 446(3), 462(3), 464 (3), 466(3), or 470(3).
Substitution of courses without the Chemistry Department CHEM prefix will not be allowed.