Atmospheric Chemistry

The atmospheric chemistry track prepares students for graduate school and a research career in atmospheric chemistry.

At least 15 hours of coursework from the following:

UAH Course # Course Title (Credits) 
CH 201/205 or 331/335 Elementary Organic Chemistry/Lab (4)
CH 223/224  Quantitative Analysis/Lab (4)
CH 301 Elementary Biochemistry (3) 
CH 341 Physical Chemistry I (3) 
ESS/ATS 401  Survey of Atmospheric Science (3) (Required)
ESS/ATS 420  Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution (3) (Required)
ESS/ATS 441  Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (3) 
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Additionally, PH 111/114, PH 112/115, PH 113/116, CH 121/125, CH 123/126, MA 171, 172, 201, 238 and CS 102 are required ancillary courses, some of which may satisfy General Education Requirements.

  • Suggested Minor: Mathematics or Chemistry


Sample Four-Year Plan: Earth Systems Science Major

Atmospheric Chemistry Specialty, Chemistry Minor option

Year 1

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
EH 101 Freshman Composition GER 3 EH 102 Freshman Composition GER 3
ESS 111 Climate and Global Changer 4 ESS 102 Physical Geology 4
MA 171 Calculus A 4 MA 172 Calculus B 4
FYE 101 First Year Experience 1 BYS 119 Principles of Biology 4
CM 113 Intro Rhetorical Commicat GER 3 CS 102 Into to C Programming GER 3
Total 15 Total 18

Year 2

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs 
CH 121/125 General Chemistry I/Lab 3/1 CH 123/126 General Chemistry II/Lab 3/1
PHL 202 Introduction to Ethics GER 3 PH 111/114 General Physics w/ Calc I/Lab 3/1
MA 201 Calculus C 4 MA 238 Applied Differential Equations 3
*Area II, IV, or V GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Area II, IV, or V GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 17 Total  17

Year 3

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
ESS 321 Pollution Problems 3 ESS 305 Hydrology 3
ESS 401 Survey of Atmospheric Science 3 ESS 370 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
CH 331/335 Organic Chemistry I/Lab 3/1 CH 332 Organic Chemistry II 3
PH 112/115 General Physics w/ Calc II/Lab 3/1 PH 113/116 General Physics w/ Calc III/Lab 3/1
Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 14 Total 16

Year 4

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
ESS 420 Intro Atmos Chem & Air Pollution 3 MA 385 Intro to Probability 3
ESS 441 Atmospheric Thermo & Cld Physics 3 ESS 499 UG Research 3
CH 341 Physical Chemistry I 3 CH 342 Physical Chemistry II 3
EH 301 Tech Writing GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Electives 4 Elective  3
Total 16 Total 15
Grand Total 128

*Area II, IV or V General Education Requirements (GER):  See Earth Systems Science major, General education requirements course listings for appropriate course selections.