Undergraduate Degree Programs

The academic program in chemistry at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has received the accreditation of the American Chemical Society in recognition of its faculty, curriculum, and facilities for quality undergraduate instruction in chemistry. The Chemistry Department offers courses leading to the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry and supports undergraduate programs in other disciplines.

Major curricula are offered that provide preparation for a wide range of career possibilities:

1) employment as an industrial chemist
2) employment in chemical business
3) research and graduate work in chemistry, materials science, and biotechnology
4) medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy school
5) chemical education with an Alabama Class B High School Teacher’s Certificate


Major Curricula

There are eight curricula defined for undergraduate majors in Chemistry.

Curriculum I

American Chemical Society Approved Degree with Emphasis on Biochemistry

(Biological Sciences Minor)

This American Chemical Society approved program serves as preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, pharmacy school, graduate study in biochemistry or employment as a clinical chemist or forensic scientist. Prospective medical students should explore their areas of interest outside of the sciences and strive for maximum scholastic achievement. Students following this curriculum in preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy school should consult with the Preprofessional Advisory Committee early in their college program. Premedical students should prepare to take the Medical College Aptitude Test during the spring of their junior year. (For alternative premedical curricula, see Chemistry Curriculum II and Biological Sciences Example IV.)

Courses

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125, 123/126, 223/224, 45 331/335, 332/336, 347/345, 348/346, 361/362, 363/364, 401/402, 421, 491.
  • Biological Sciences minor- BYS 119, 120, 219, 23 300, 321 plus upper level electives. These may include BYS 519 or 543 or 547

Curriculum II

American Chemical Society Approved Pure Chemistry Degree

(Mathematics Minor)

This American Chemical Society approved curriculum is designed for a student who plans to do graduate work in chemistry or a related science or desires an industrial position that requires a strong chemical background.

Courses

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125, 123/126, 223/224, 45 331/335, 332/336, 337, 341/345, 342/346, 361/362, 401/402, 421, CH 300 level or above elective
  • Mathematics Minor-MA 171, 172, 201, 238, 24 244, 415, and 385 or 460 or 465

Curriculum III

General Chemistry Major for Preprofessional Students

The reduced course requirement for the major in chemistry in this curriculum permits the student to prepare for medical or dental school and to sample courses and subjects outside of the major.

Courses 

  • Chemistry-CH 121/125,123/126, 223/224, 39 331/335, 332/336, 341 or 347, 345, 361/362, 401/402, 421, plus CH 300 level or above elective

Curriculum IV

Chemistry Major with Emphasis on Chemical Education

(Class B High School Teacher's Certificate)

This plan meets the requirements for an Alabama Class B High School Teacher's Certificate.

Courses 

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125, 123/126, 223/224, 38 315, 331/335, 332, 361, and (341 or 347), 401, and (345 or 362 or 402) and (342 or 348 or 363 or 421) and three from (336 or 345 or 346 or 362 or 364 or 402 or 421 lab)
  • BYS 119 4
  • MA 201 4
  • PH 113 and 116 4
  • Professional education courses (See Education 39 Dept. section of catalog.)

NOTES:
1. This curriculum may require more than the minimum total of 128 hours for the B.S. degree.
2. Students pursuing this curriculum should consult with the Department of Education early in their program. Education students are required to pass an exit examination in their teaching field in order to graduate and be recommended for certification.

Curriculum V

Basic Chemistry Curriculum

This curriculum is designed for students who want to combine a major in chemistry with a major in another subject.

Courses

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125, 123/126, 223/224, 37 331/335, 332/336, 341 or 347, 342 or 348, 345, 361,401, and 421

Curriculum VI

Chemistry Major with Emphasis on Chemical Physics

Chemistry-physics program appropriate for pre-graduate education.

Courses 

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125,123/126, 223/224, 43 331/335, 332/336, 341/345, 342/346, 343, 361/362, 401/402, and 421
  • Physics Minor-PH 110, 111/114, 112/115, 113/116, 499, PH 300 level or above elective 21
  • Mathematics– 201, 238, 244 10

Curriculum VII

Chemistry Major with Emphasis in Materials Science

This program is designed for students who want to pursue graduate studies or employment in materials chemistry.

Courses

  • Chemistry–CH 121/125,123/126, 223/224, 43 331/335, 332/336, 341/345, 342/346, 361/362, 401/402, 421, and 440
  • Minor–PH 111/114, 112/115, 113/116; 22
  • CHE 295/295, 459, 494
  • Mathematics– 201, 238, 244 10

Curriculum VIII

Chemical Business Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to prepare a student to perform business functions in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.

Courses

  • Chemistry-CH 121/125, 123/126, 223/224, 36 331/335, 332/ 336, 341 or 347, 345, 361/ 362, 401/402, and 421
  • ECN 142 and ECN143 should be included in Area IV of the GER
  • Mathematics- MA 201 should be included in Area V of the GER.
  • Business Minor-ACC 211, ACC 212, BLS 211, MGT 301, MKT 301, MGT 450, and MSC 385 21
  • Statistics- MSC 287 or MA 385 or ISE 390 and MSC 288 or MA 487 or ISE 391. Of these, MA 385 and MA 487 can be used to satisfy
  • Area V of the GER 3
  • Microcomputers- CS 102, 103 or 121 or
  • MIS 146 (or MIS 102, 104, and 106) 3

Students interested in the pharmaceuticals industry may wish to take CH 363 and CH 364 and/or one or more courses in biology. A student can satisfy the statistics requirement and add a second minor in mathematics simply by electing the sequence

  • MA 171, 172, 201, 244, 385, and 487.

Notes applying to all curricula above:
(a) Credit may be obtained for Chemistry 121, 123, 125, and 126 by making a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination. This examination is offered at various times during the year through the Office of Testing Services. Students pursuing credit by examination should consult the Chemistry Department before taking the examination. Credit is also granted to a student who submits a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Programs of the College Entrance Examination Board.
(b) Transfer students wishing to major in chemistry must complete at least 9 semester hours of chemistry at the level of 300 or above at UAH. Courses in organic chemistry completed at the junior college level may be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for upper level chemistry courses at UAH and total hour requirements but do not count toward the upper level (300+) hour requirements of the major.
(c) No credit toward the chemistry major is given for CH 101/105, 201, and 301, or any mathematics course numbered lower than MA 171. A student requiring any of these courses should understand that the total credit hours of course work required to meet all the degree requirements may exceed the minimum of 128 hours required for the B.S. degree.
(d) Unless attention is given to the sequence in which courses are scheduled, chemistry majors may experience difficulty in completing the required courses within a four year-period. Students should plan to complete all the mathematics and physics courses required by their chosen curriculum before the fall semester of their junior year.


How to Minor in Chemistry

Course sequences for students wishing to minor in chemistry require at least 21 hours of chemistry including 6 or more hours numbered 300 or above. Courses in organic chemistry completed at the junior college level may be used to satisfy hour and prerequisite requirements for upper level chemistry courses at UAH but do not count toward the 300-level requirements of the minor. Approved sequences are shown below. Others are subject to Departmental approval.

Premedical and predental students:

CH 121, 125, 123, 126, 223, 224, 331, 332, 335, 336, and 361

Some biology and medical technology majors:

CH 121, 125, 123, 126, 223, 224, 331, 332, 335, 361, 362

Biology majors taking BYS 361 and 362:

CH 121, 123, 125, 126, 223, 224, 331, 332, 335, 347

Physics, mathematics, and chemical engineering majors:

CH 121, 125, 123, 126, 331, 332, 335, 341, 342