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Change the World Through Chemistry
At AUM, you are in your element! Our Chemistry Professional program is especially designed for students who see themselves wanting to apply their knowledge to real-world problems. You will have access to the most current computer applications and lab resources for lab research. Our dynamic professors stand ready to collaborate your hypothesis and guide you toward your goal – to be a chemist. This program puts you on the launch pad for graduate school, which could lead to careers in academia, manufacturing, government and the nonprofit sector.
AUM is committed to creating a stimulating learning environment focused on the scientific method. In small classes and labs, our professors foster open inquiry and encourage critical thinking. We prepare you to be a member of the next generation of chemists who will solve the world’s future problems. Maybe your passion is:
Employment prospects for chemists are bright, and salary expectations are even better. Research institutions will actively seek to hire innovative chemists to find sustainable solutions for consumer products, medicine, and energy. The average job growth for all occupations is 3%, but the growth rate for careers in chemistry averages 5-14 percent – much greater than other professions.
In addition to the Chemistry Professional 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/Health Sciences, a course of study for students who wish to pursue graduate/professional studies in a healthcare field.
If your degree focus is in one of the S.T.E.M. fields—science, pre-engineering, computer science or mathematics—AUM provides an automatic scholarship to minor in Education and earn an Alabama teaching certificate. This unique program is called “AUMTeach.”
The Know How
What you will know with a Chemistry with a concentration in Chemistry Professional from AUM
Know how to embrace your role as a leader who contributes to the advancement of human civilization and global-scale impacts.
Know how to hit the ground running in graduate school, prepared for conducting research and excelling in advanced classes.
Know why chemistry is called the Servant of Science. Know how your research could facilitate breakthroughs in all areas of medicine, industry, and environment.
Know the value of your profession as you develop a sustainable future for all.
Points of Pride
Customize Your Degree
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
Most graduates of this program are bound for careers as an analytical chemist, chemistry teacher, forensic scientist, geochemist, hazardous waste chemist, materials scientist and others. 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.
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.
Is a Degree in Chemistry Professional right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education Requirements||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Analytical Chemist/ Materials Scientist||Bachelor’s Degree||5% (Faster than average)||$80,680|
|Toxicologist||Bachelor’s Degree||14% (Much faster than average)||$60,590|
|Geoscientist||Bachelor’s Degree||5% (Faster than average)||$93,580|
|Water Chemist/ Hydrologist||Bachelor’s Degree||5% (Faster than average)||$80,040|
|Chemical Engineer||Bachelor’s Degree||4% (As fast as average)||$108,540|
|Environmental Scientist/ Hazardous Waste Chemist||Bachelor’s Degree||8% (Much faster than average)||$73,230|
|Chemistry Teacher||Master’s Degree||9% (Much faster than average)||$80,790|
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.
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 Professional Degree
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemistry Professional
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.
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 Number||Course Name||What you will know…|
|CHEM 3100/3101||Organic Chemistry I/Lab||A systematic study of the physical and chemical natures of organic compounds. Includes hydrocarbon chemistry, simple functional groups and spectroscopy.|
|MATH1510||Survey of Calculus||Basic principles of differential and integral calculus, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Includes applications in the management, natural and social sciences, including rates and optimization.|
|MATH 2670||Elementary Statistics||A detailed study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions and acid-base theory.|
|MATH 2200||Biostatistics||Introduces students to statistical techniques commonly used in research and includes estimation and hypothesis testing, ANOVA, linear and non-linear regression and non-parametric statistics.|