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

The chemistry BS degree is suitable for students who are primarily interested in attending a health professional school upon graduation. The major in chemistry (BS) may provide less flexibility in pursuing career options in chemistry and other scientific fields.

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

Students pursuing this track may participate in Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon, as well as the pre-medical organizations.

Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in chemistry must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses
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
CH 338Elem Organic Chem Lab II2
CH 340
CH 343
Elem Physical Chem
and Elem Phy Chem Lab
CH 461Biochemistry I3
CH 462Biochemistry II3
CH 463Biochem-Clin/Foren/Chem3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 35
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in chemistry culminating in the BS degree requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
Select one of the following:4
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
Honors General Biology I
Select one of the following:4
Principles Biology II
and Biology II Laboratory
Honors Gen Biology II
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Honors Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
General Physics I
General Physics W/Calc I
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus
Select one of the following:4
General Physics II
General Physics W/Calc II
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Total Hours55

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

Required Minor

The major in chemistry (BS) degree requires a minor.


Prerequisites for all CH courses at the 300- and 400-level must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

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.

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Types of Jobs Accepted

industrial research and development, academic careers (graduate and postgraduate work), professional school (medical, dental, pharmacy)

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Academic careers, Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists, Industrial researchers, Entrepreneurs.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center