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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Health Sciences

If you are passionate about the sciences and plan to apply to medical school—or professional programs in pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, or physical therapy—you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, a set of prerequisite courses, and a team of educators fiercely committed to your success. AUM’s bachelor’s degree program in chemistry with a concentration in Health Sciences serves all three of these needs. AUM knows that chemistry is in the top five most commonly sought majors for medical students and that the subject covers 30% of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Our professors will coach you through a rigorous program to give you the confidence and know-how to reach your career goals in any professional health field.

Many of our chemistry majors have enjoyed considerable success on application for admissions. You will not be alone in this difficult process. Your personal advisor will work to prepare you for future admissions. After you have successfully maintained a competitive GPA, performed well on the admissions tests, and shadowed experts in the field, AUM’s Health and Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) will recommend you for admissions.

In addition to the Chemistry/Health Sciences program, AUM’s College of Sciences offers two other options for a chemistry major: Chemistry, designed for students who wish to work in government or private laboratories, and Chemistry/Professional, a course of study for students who wish to pursue graduate school or further their career in chemistry.

A degree in chemistry is fiercely challenging, but should not be ignored if it is your true passion. You will find the rewards worthwhile when you begin your career as a respected scientist working with your team on the newest discoveries.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Chemistry degree with a concentration in Health Sciences from AUM

We Prepare You To Be The Leader

Know how to embrace your role as a leader who contributes to the advancement of human civilization and global-scale impacts.

We Help Prepare You For Grad School

Know how to hit the ground running in graduate school, prepared for conducting research and excelling in advanced classes.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Serving

Know why chemistry is called the Servant of Science. Know how your research could facilitate breakthroughs in all areas of medicine, industry, and environment.

We Set The Trend For Sustainable Goals

Know the value of your profession as you develop a sustainable future for all.

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Game Plan for Success

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Points of Pride

  • You will be able to gain hands-on experience with modern lab instruments and facilities.
  • We have an excellent record of acceptance of students to health professional schools such as pharmacy, pharmacology and medicine.
  •  As a student you will work closely with a faculty advisor on a shared research project. The research options are almost limitless and the experience is invaluable.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Stephen Bell earned an MS in biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and does contract work for a biotechnology company in Huntsville.
  • Ryan Bell works as a chemist at a biotechnology firm in Birmingham.
  • Mary Eley earned an MS in forensic science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Customize Your Degree

Choose to double major in Biology.

Add a minor (like Writing and Editing or ​Statistics) that could help you excel in graduate school and future research

Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

Most graduates of this program are bound for healthcare careers as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. Check out our Interactive Career Discovery Board, below on this page.

Here are the basic differences: Chemistry: ready to work in a laboratory. Chemistry/Professional: ready for graduate school for chemical sciences. Chemistry/Health Sciences: ready for medical or dental school.

Chemistry is a rigorous course of study. But at AUM we balance work and life with our world-class Wellness Center, clubs and organizations, fun campus events and more.

Yes, a strong math background is required to major in chemistry. Foundations in calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and algebra are essential.

Yes, a strong math background is required to major in chemistry. Foundations in calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and algebra are essential.

Students seeking to continue their education in Medical, Veterinary, or Dental school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Chemistry Health Sciences right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Physicians & SurgeonsMedical School + 3-9 years in internship/residency programs3% (Slower than average)$208,000
VeterinarianDoctor of Veterinary Medicine degree16% (Much faster than average)$99,250
ProsthetistsMaster's degree17% (Much faster than average)$70,190
DentistDental school3% (As fast as average)$164,010
Genetic CounselorMaster's degree21% (Much faster than average)$85,700
Occupational TherapistMaster's degree17% (Much faster than average)$86,280
PharmacistsDoctor of Pharmacy degree-2% (Decline)$128,710
Physical TherapistDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree21% (Much faster than average)$91,010 
Physician's AssistantMaster's degree31% (Much faster than average)$115,390

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Sciences

At AUM’s College of Sciences, you will have hands-on learning experiences, working side by side with scholars and researchers using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Chemistry Health Sciences Degree

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Health Sciences


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

Chemistry Health Sciences Concentration

Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, chemistry requirements, related science areas, and electives. Contact the Chemistry Department for a current listing of required courses.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
CHEM 3300/3301Biochemistry/LabA standard biochemistry course focusing on the major biomolecules and basic metabolism.
CHEM 2300/2301Survey of Organic Chemistry/LabA descriptive course in applied organic chemistry with applications in the general, environmental and health sciences.
CHEM 1100/1101General Chemistry/LabA detailed study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions and acid-base theory.
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