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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemistry Professional

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:

  • Protecting the environment by analyzing and reporting on contaminated water.
  • Being a part of a team of chemists who discover a clean and cost-effective way to upcycle used plastic, transforming it into valuable nanomaterials and high-quality fuel.
  • Be recognized for joining the global race to reduce harmful gases in our atmosphere to slow down the pace of climate change

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.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Chemistry with a concentration in Chemistry Professional 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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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  ​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 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.

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.

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 Professional 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
Analytical Chemist/ Materials ScientistBachelor’s Degree 5% (Faster than average)$80,680
ToxicologistBachelor’s Degree 14% (Much faster than average)$60,590
GeoscientistBachelor’s Degree 5% (Faster than average)$93,580
Water Chemist/ HydrologistBachelor’s Degree 5% (Faster than average)$80,040
Chemical EngineerBachelor’s Degree 4% (As fast as average)$108,540
Environmental Scientist/ Hazardous Waste ChemistBachelor’s Degree 8% (Much faster than average)$73,230
Chemistry TeacherMaster’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.

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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 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.

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 3100/3101Organic Chemistry I/LabA systematic study of the physical and chemical natures of organic compounds. Includes hydrocarbon chemistry, simple functional groups and spectroscopy.
MATH1510Survey of CalculusBasic 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 2670Elementary StatisticsA detailed study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions and acid-base theory.
MATH 2200BiostatisticsIntroduces students to statistical techniques commonly used in research and includes estimation and hypothesis testing, ANOVA, linear and non-linear regression and non-parametric statistics.
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