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Foundational Sciences

Our department is committed to preparing students for success in their chosen fields by helping them build a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and statistics.

Welcome to Foundational Sciences
Focused on Students

The faculty in Foundational Sciences are committed to the success of all the students at Texas A&M University at Galveston. We offer courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics, many of which are taken by first and second year students. These courses often set the bar for a student’s ability to progress through their chosen degree plan. Our department is founded in this belief, and we envision that all of our students will be challenged and be successful in the high quality courses offered. Our mission as the faculty of FSCI is to be engaged with our students, our colleagues and the university as a whole to offer academically excellent and pedagogically innovative classes.

We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for our fields of expertise while providing you with a strong foundation for building your knowledge portfolio.

Minors

Minors in chemistry and mathematics offered by the Departments of Chemistry and Mathematics, respectively, are available with coursework offered by Foundational Sciences Department at Galveston.




Minor in Chemistry

A minor in Chemistry should represent course work taken in the discipline beyond courses that might be used to satisfy core curriculum science requirements (8 credits). Students must complete the pre-requisites listed below and choose from the courses offered to meet the requirements for the minor. Courses offered at TAMUG that will fulfill the chemistry minor are highlighted below. Chemistry minor information may also be found on the Department of Chemistry website.

The general requirements and process for obtaining a minor in Chemistry

To obtain a minor in Chemistry:

  • Complete the required Declaration of a Chemistry Minor form and return it to delld@tamug.edu for approval. Approval must be obtained prior to applying for graduation.
  • Complete pre-requisites
  • Complete 5 lecture courses (14 – 15 credits) and 3 laboratory courses (3 - 5 credits) from categories A-E below.
  • Complete one course from four of the five categories (A-E) must be taken
  • Obtain at least a C average in all courses taken for the minor
  • Courses offered at Galveston are highlighted, all courses are offered in College Station
  • CHEM 491and CHEM 485 credits will not be allowed to count for the minor nor used in the Chemistry GPA calculation. 
  • Substitution of courses without the CHEM prefix will not be allowed.
  • When completed and approved, the minor will be designated on your transcript

A) Organic Chemistry

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

CHEM 227

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 102 or CHEM 104

Yes

CHEM 237

Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1

CHEM 112 or 114; CHEM 227 or registration therein

Yes

CHEM 228

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 227

Yes

CHEM 238

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1

CHEM 237; CHEM 228 or registration therein

Yes

B) Analytical Chemistry

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

CHEM 315*

Quantitative Analysis

3

CHEM 102 or CHEM 104

 

CHEM 316*

Quantitative Analysis

2

CHEM 102 or CHEM 104

Yes

CHEM 317

Quantitative Analysis II

2

CHEM 316

 

CHEM 318

Quantitative Analysis Laboratory

1

CHEM 112 or 114; CHEM 315 or 316 or registration therein

Yes

CHEM 320

Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

1

CHEM 317 or registration therein; CHEM318

 

C) Physical Chemistry

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

CHEM 322**

Physical Chemistry for Engineers

3

CHEM 102 or 104; CHEN 205 and 354; MATH 152 or equivalent

Yes

CHEM 325

Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

1

CHEM 322 or 327 or registration therein

 

CHEM 326

Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

1

CHEM 328 or registration therein

 

CHEM 327**

Physical Chemistry I

3

102 or 104 and MATH 152 or 172; MATH 221, 251 or 253 encouraged; PHYS 208; PHYS 218

 

CHEM 328

Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 327

 

D) Inorganic Chemistry

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

CHEM 362

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 102 or CHEM 104

 

CHEM 383

Environmental Chemistry (TAMUG only)

3

CHEM 102 or CHEM 104; junior or senior standing

Yes

E) Advanced Chemistry Courses (0-3 credits)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

CHEM 415

Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 315

 

CHEM 433

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 112 or 114; CHEM 362 or registration therein

 

CHEM 434

Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory

2

CHEM 112 or 114; CHEM 415 or registration therein

 

CHEM 446

Organic Chemistry III

3

CHEM 228

 

CHEM 456

Chemical Biology

3

CHEM 228

 

CHEM 462

Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 328 and CHEM 362

 

CHEM 464

Nuclear Chemistry

3

CHEM 315 and CHEM 328 or approval of instructor

Yes

CHEM 466

Polymer Chemistry

3

CHEM 228 and CHEM 315

 

CHEM 470

Industrial Chemistry

3

CHEM 228; junior or senior classification

 

CHEM 483

Green Chemistry

3

CHEM228; junior or senior classification; CHEM362 recommended

Yes

CHEM 489

Special Topics

3

junior or senior classification; other prerequisites depend on topic

Yes

*Students may not count both CHEM 315 and 316

**Students may not count both CHEM 322 and 327

 


 

Minor in Mathematics

Non-math majors can obtain a minor in mathematics by meeting the requirements below. The courses offered at TAMUG by Foundational Sciences that will fulfill the requirements for the Mathematics minor are outlined below. Students who are majoring in engineering or one of the sciences might not need take more than another 18 to 24 hours to get a double major in mathematics and should contact their advisors of the mathematic department. A list of additional courses that may not be offered in Galveston can be obtained from the Department of Mathematics website.

The general requirements and process for obtaining a minor in Mathematics

To obtain a minor in Mathematics:

  • Complete the required Proposed Minor Field of Study form and return it to delld@tamug.edu for approval. Approval must be obtained prior to applying for graduation.
  • Complete the required courses outlined below
  • Obtain a C or better in each course for the minor
  • All 300 and 400 level courses must be taken at TAMU or TAMUG
  • Math 365, 366, 367, 368, 403, and 485 will NOT satisfy the math minor.
  • Only one of Math 323, 304, 309, or 311 can be taken to satisfy the minor, due to the course content.
  • None of Math 131, 141, 142, 365, 366, 367, 368, 403, or 485 may be used to satisfy requirements.
  • Math 485 will receive approval only under exceptional circumstances.
  • Total Credits needed: 17 credit hours
  • When completed and approved, the minor will be designated on your transcript

100 Level, Choose 8 credits

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

MATH 151* or equivalent

Engineering Mathematics I

4

MATH 150 or equivalent or acceptable score on TAMU Math Placement Exam

Yes

MATH 152** or equivalent

Engineering Mathematics II

4

MATH 151 or equivalent

Yes

MATH 171*

Analytic Geometry and Calculus

4

MATH 150 or equivalent or acceptable score on TAMU Math Placement Exam

No

MATH 172** or equivalent

Calculus

4

MATH 147 or MATH 171 or equivalent

No

200 – 300 Level, Choose 6 credits

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

MATH 220

Foundations of Math

3

MATH 148, MATH 152 or MATH 172 or equivalent

Yes

MATH 308

Differential Equations

3

MATH 221, MATH 251, or MATH 253, or concurrent enrollment

Yes

MATH 311

Topics in applied Math I

3

MATH 221, MATH 251, or MATH 253, or concurrent enrollment

Yes

MATH 323

Linear Algebra

3

MATH 148, MATH 152 or MATH 172; MATH 220; junior or senior

No

400 Level, At least 3 credits

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Offered at TAMUG

MATH 489:

Special Topics

1 to 4

Approval of instructor

Yes

*Students may not count both MATH 151 and 171

**Students may not count both MATH 152 and 172

Courses

Chemistry (CHEM)

101. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I.
102. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II.
107. GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS.
111. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I.
112. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II.
117. GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS LABORATORY.
227. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I.
228. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II.
237. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY.
238. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY.
285. DIRECTED STUDIES.
316. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS.
318. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LABORATORY.
322. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERS.
383. CHEMISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.
464. NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY.
483. GREEN CHEMISTRY.
485. DIRECTED STUDIES.
489. SPECIAL TOPICS

Mathematics (MATH)

102. ALGEBRA.
106. PLANE AND SPHERICAL TRIGONOMETRY.
141. BUSINESS MATHEMATICS I.
142. BUSINESS MATHEMATICS II.
150. FUNCTIONS, TRIGONOMETRY, AND LINEAR SYSTEMS.
151. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS I.
152. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II.
161. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II.
166. TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS II.
251. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS III.
285. DIRECTED STUDIES.
308. DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS.
311. TOPICS IN APPLIED MATH I.
365. STRUCTURE OF MATH I.
366. STRUCTURE OF MATH II.
367. BASIC CONCEPTS OF GEOM.
368. INTRO ABSTRACT MATH.
401. ADVANCED ENGINEERING.
485. DIRECTED STUDIES.
489. SPECIAL TOPICS.

Physics (PHYS)

201. COLLEGE PHYSICS.
202. COLLEGE PHYSICS.
208. ELECTRICITY AND OPTICS.
218. MECHANICS.
219. ELECTRICITY.
285. DIRECTED STUDIES.
485. DIRECTED STUDIES.

Statistics (STAT)

303. STATISTICAL METHODS.

Recitations

Recitation sessions are offered as an optional or required supplement to courses in chemistry and mathematics. Students meet with the instructor and a teaching assistant outside of the scheduled lecture and laboratory times to practice solving problems, work on problem-solving and test-taking skills and have discussion about class material.

Recitations are offered for the following courses:

Chemistry

Fundamentals of Chemistry I (CHEM 101)
Fundamentals of Chemistry II (CHEM 102)
Chemistry for Engineering Students (CHEM 107)

Mathematics

Functions, Trigonometry, and Linear Systems (MATH 150)
Engineering Mathematics I (MATH 151)
Engineering Mathematics II (MATH 152)

Faculty

Dr. Melanie J. Moser

Dr. Melanie J. Moser
Interim Chair of Foundational Sciences,
Instructional professor
Advisor for Marine Sciences
moserm@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4517
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 414G

Dr. Carmen E. Acero-Schertzer
Instructional Assistant Professor
aceroscc@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4938
Bldg# 3007, Office 108C

Dr. Chaouki Boulahouache

Dr. Chaouki Boulahouache
Director of Physics Lab and Instructional Assistant Professor
boulahoc@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4820
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 412D

Dr. Philip Brown

Dr. Philip Brown
Associate Professor
marks@tamug.edu
(409) 741-4388
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 412B

Jhenny Galan

Dr. Jhenny Galan
Instructional Assistant Professor
galanj@tamug.edu
(409) 741-4326
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 408C

Dr. Joshua Goodson
Instructional Assistant Professor
goodsonj@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4892
Bldg# 3007, Office 206

Pete A. Gracia

Pete A. Gracia
Senior Lecturer
graciap@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4521
Bldg# 3007, Office 124

Dr. Cong X. Kang
Associate Professor
kangc@tamu.edu
(409) 741-4384
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 412C
Biography

Dr. Douglas J. Klein

Dr. Douglas J. Klein
Regent's Professor
kleind@tamug.edu
Bld# 3029, Office 359

Leon Luxemburg
Associate Professor
luxembul@tamug.edu
(409) 741-4327
Bldg# 3007, Office 108A

Radhika Nair
Instructional Assistant Professor
nairr@tamug.edu
(409) 741-7135
Bld# 3034(MAIN), Office 408A

Adelaide Pangemanan
Instructional Assistant Professor
pangemaa@tamug.edu
(409) 741-4394
Bld# 3007, Office 108B

James Perrigo, Jr.
Instructional Assistant Professor
perrigoj@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4709
Bld# 3034 (MAIN), Office 412F

Dr. Lin Qiu
Instructional Assistant Professor
qiul@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4554
Bld# 3007, Office 108H

Laura McElfresh
Digital Initiatives Librarian
mcelfrel@tamug.edu
(409) 741-7179
Bld# 3010, Office 113

Dr. James Rantschler
Instructional Assistant Professor
rantschler@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4518
Bld# 3034 (MAIN), Office 412E

Dr. Ching-yun Suen
Professor
suenc@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4523
Bld# 3007, Office 126

Grace L. Townsend
Instructional Assistant Professor
townseng@tamug.edu
(409) 741-7104
Bld# 3034 (MAIN), Office 408B

Dr. Eunjeong Yi
Professor
yie@tamug.edu
Phone: NA
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office 414F
Biography

Olbelina Ulloa

Dr. Olbelina A. Ulloa
Instructional Assistant Professor
ulloao@tamug.edu
(409) 740-4756
Bld# 3034 (MAIN), Office 408D

Jesse Warren
warrenj@tamug.edu

Contact Us

Deborah Dell
Administrative Coordinator
delld@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 409-740-4745
Bldg# 3034 (MAIN), Office: 414D