Affordable Science

The Affordable Science initiative builds upon the efforts to streamline each College of Science degree. In line with academically-rigorous degrees offered nationwide, all COS degrees now require 120 credit hours, down from the previous requirement of 128 hours.


The College of Science (COS) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is committed to providing affordable learning materials to its students. The Affordable Science initiative was established in response to the rising costs of textbooks in higher education. This initiative aims to recognize and support faculty members who actively contribute to reducing the cost of course materials.

Faculty members who have successfully managed to keep the cost of their course materials at $10 or less per course credit hour are eligible to display the Affordable Science badge on their syllabus, Canvas course site, or any other preferred location.

The COS takes pride in celebrating the courses that meet the Affordable Science criteria for the academic year 2023-2024.

These courses exemplify the college's commitment to affordable education and acknowledge the hard work of faculty members in minimizing the financial burden on students:

 Course NumberCourse NameTotal Required Material Cost
AES 103 Environmental Earth Science FREE
AES 104 Weather & Climate Change FREE
AES 370 Introduction to Remote Sensing FREE
AES 676 Remote Sensing of Environment FREE
AST 106L Astronomy Laboratory FREE
BYS 119 - (Cooper) Principles of Biology FREE
BYS 119 - (Baudry) Principles of Biology FREE
BYS 120  Organismal biology $10
BYS 121 Laboratory $10
BYS 122 Organismal Biology Lab FREE
BYS 205  Coding Algorithms for Biology FREE
BYS 219 Genetics & Evolution FREE
BYS 230 Human Evolution & Culture FREE
BYS 431/531  Biological Data Skills FREE
BYS 601 Bioinformatics  FREE
CH 121 General Chemistry I FREE
CH 123  General Chemistry II FREE
CH 421 / 521 Instrumental Analysis FREE
CH 440 / 540 Polymer Synthesis FREE
CH 633 Structure Determination FREE
CS 321  Intro Object-oriented Prog Jav FREE
CS 454/ 554 Intro to Cloud Computing FREE
CS 640 Machine Learning FREE
MA 105 Nature of Mathematics FREE
MA 115 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry FREE
MA 120  Math Professional Applications FREE
MA 244 Linear Algebra $30
MA 301 Intro to Elementary Number Theory $15
PH 110 Frontiers in Science FREE
PH 114 General Physics Lab I  FREE
PH 115 General Physics Lab II FREE 
PH 116 General Physics Lab III FREE
PH 306 Applied Physics FREE
PH 310 Intermediate Lab I FREE
PH 601 Classical Dynamics I $19
PH 607 Mathematical Methods I $22
PH 631 Electromagnetic Theory I $25.44
PH 732 Electromagnetic Theory II $25.44
PH 792 Physics Seminar FREE
SPA 582 Science Career Prep FREE
SPA 630 Waves in Fluids FREE
SPA 741 Physics of Cosmic Rays FREE