Nierman Hall is home to the Chemistry Department, the building where you learn about chemical reactions, compositions
of objects, as well as the fear of accidently blowing up the classroom lives if you are not extremely careful.
Serving as Texas A&M University-Kings- ville’s second oldest building, there is one problem proposing itself: the lack of space the chemistry department has.
“Since we have been growing within the past two or three years, we are starting to see a large increase in usages for teaching labs and classroom space,” said Nereo Lopez, the Laboratory Manager for the Department of Chemistry.
With 8 teaching labs and 2 instrumental rooms, there is not enough room according to Lopez.
“Going forward, we are going to need more teaching lab space and research space and the building doesn’t have the space for it along with needs for preparation rooms, which we lost overtime because of different
reasons … almost all the rooms that we have are all demarcated as teaching or laboratory space or office space and that’s all that we have,” said Lopez.
When it comes to labs, the maximum ca- pacity for each lab according to Environmen- tal Health and Safety is at about 24 students per teaching assistant.
Due to the intensity of some labs, which include Organic Chemistry 1 and 2, the chemistry department chose to reduce the maximum capacity to 20 students because they may be using hazardous material and that there is only one teaching assistance
available at that time.
Monique Duran, a Veterinary Technician
major who took General Inorganic Chemis- try 1, feels that the labs are becoming more and more claustrophobic. “There isn’t really enough materials in the class [and] you have to sometimes wait for people to finish using theirs [and] that takes up time”
Due to the tight scheduling, the next idea tossed around was to open up more labs and even begin offering evening classes accord- ing to Michael Houf, Interim Chair for the Chemistry Department and Assistant Dean to the College of Arts and Sciences.