Students from our department tend to have strong credentials and typically go on to medical school or graduate studies in chemistry.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry Honors Program is available to students pursuing either of the ACS-certified bachelor of science in chemistry tracks. To participate in the chemistry honors program, students must complete the course requirements for either track in the ACS-certified bachelor of science in chemistry degree:

  • Maintain a 3.30 GPA in chemistry courses, with no more than one C, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Participate in CH 491 Honors Research Sem, CH 492 Honors Research Sem, CH 493 Honors Research Sem, CH 494 Honors Research Sem, honors research seminars and research courses
  • Submit an acceptable senior thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a chemistry department faculty member
  • Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other appropriate examinations prior to graduation

Students are invited to apply for admission to the Chemistry Honors Program on the basis of performance in introductory chemistry courses. Contact the chemistry department director of undergraduate studies for more details.

The department sponsors several student organizations, including the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and Gamma Sigma Epsilon (the national chemistry honorary). Gamma Sigma Epsilon aims to recognize academic performance by chemistry majors, promote an interest in chemistry among students and the community and foster a feeling of fellowship among its members. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed or be near completion of their second year of chemistry courses, as well as have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 GPA in all chemistry courses. Applications for membership are generally accepted in the spring semester.

Pre-health Professional Preparation

Students completing any of the chemistry major tracks or the minor in chemistry will have fulfilled all chemistry, math and physics requirements for admission to pre-health professional programs (medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary, etc., schools). With the addition of appropriate biological sciences electives, students earning the BCh degrees will have met all math and science requirements for pre-health professional programs.

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Chemistry offers two undergraduate research courses designed to provide students with a hands-on experience at the forefront of chemistry. These courses include:

Hours
CH 396
CH 398
Undergrad Research
and Undergrad Research
2-6
CH 396
CH 399
Undergrad Research
and Undergrad Research
2-6
CH 497
CH 498
Intro To Research
and Intro To Research
2-6
CH 497
CH 499
Intro To Research
and Intro To Research
2-6
Total Hours8-24

In each course, students work directly with a faculty member on a research project. Chemistry majors, minors and students with an interest in chemistry are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research through these courses. Students should receive approval from the faculty mentor before registering for a research course. Students may find descriptions of faculty research interests on the Department of Chemistry website. Students may contact potential research mentors directly or seek advice on possible mentors from their academic advisers.

Students earning the bachelor of science in chemistry (BCh) degree must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements chosen from one of two tracks, and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Degree Tracks

The ACS-certified degree tracks in chemistry and biochemistry provide thorough preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in chemistry, biochemistry or related fields (e.g., biomedicine, forensics, toxicology and environmental science); pursuing graduate studies in chemistry or related fields; or enrolling in a health professions school (MD, DDS, PharmD or DVM) upon graduation.

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 18 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

The BCh degree (both chemistry and biochemistry tracks) does not require a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Major Courses

The major in chemistry BCh degree requires the successful completion of one of the following tracks for 41 or 43 semester hours:

Chemistry Track

More InformationHours
CH 101 or General Chemistry4
CH 117 Honors General Chemistry
CH 102 or General Chemistry4
CH 118 Honors General Chemistry
CH 223Quantitative Analysis4
CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
CH 232
CH 237
Elem Organic Chem II
and Elem Organic Chem Lab
5
CH 338Elem Organic Chem Lab II2
CH 341Physical Chemistry3
CH 342Physical Chemistry3
CH 348Physical Chemistry Lab2
CH 413Inorganic Chemistry4
CH 424Instrumental Analysis4
CH 461Biochemistry I3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 41
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in chemistry culminating in the BCh degree requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
MATH 125 or Calculus I4
MATH 145 Honors Calculus I
MATH 126 or Calculus II4
MATH 146 Honors Calculus II
MATH 227 or Calculus III4
MATH 247 Honors Calculus III
PH 105 or General Physics W/Calc I4
PH 125 Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus
PH 106 or General Physics W/Calc II4
PH 126 Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus II
Total Hours61

Biochemistry Track

More InformationHours
CH 101 or General Chemistry4
CH 117 Honors General Chemistry
CH 102 or General Chemistry4
CH 118 Honors General Chemistry
CH 223Quantitative Analysis4
CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
CH 232
CH 237
Elem Organic Chem II
and Elem Organic Chem Lab
5
CH 338Elem Organic Chem Lab II2
CH 341Physical Chemistry3
CH 342Physical Chemistry3
CH 348Physical Chemistry Lab2
CH 413Inorganic Chemistry4
CH 461Biochemistry I3
CH 462Biochemistry II3
CH 463Biochem-Clin/Foren/Chem3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 43
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in chemistry culminating in the BCh degree requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
MATH 125 or Calculus I4
MATH 145 Honors Calculus I
MATH 126 or Calculus II4
MATH 146 Honors Calculus II
MATH 227 or Calculus III4
MATH 247 Honors Calculus III
PH 105 or General Physics W/Calc I4
PH 125 Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus
PH 106 or General Physics W/Calc II4
PH 126 Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus II
Total Hours63

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