The Industrial Chemistry degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts and the Natural Sciences. The program prepares students to enter a highly technical and demanding field, as well as additional studies at the graduate level. Industrial chemists:
- monitor environmental conditions
- develop new energy sources
- use advanced methods for chemical analysis
- develop new materials and chemical-based processes
- assist in the marketing and sales of industrial chemicals
- study the chemistry of biological reactions important to new areas of biotechnology and human health
Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates who earn a BS in Chemistry will be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
DEGREE PLAN INFORMATION
The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.
ADMISSIONS AND DECLARATION OF MAJOR
Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Chemistry With Biochemistry if they meet the following criteria:
Graduates in the Houston area majoring in Industrial Chemistry will find Houston and the Gulf Coast region a fine prospect for employment. Houston is widely recognized as the energy/chemical capital of the world. Ranking first in petrochemicals and petroleum refining, Houston employs many workers in these industries. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:
- Industrial Chemist
- Industrial Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Biology 22 Hours Minimum
- Environmental Sciences 22 Hours Minimum
- Geology 20 Hours Minimum
We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.
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