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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

You and AUM have chemistry! Our chemistry degree program is committed to creating a dynamic and stimulating environment focused on the scientific method. Our professors foster open inquiry and encourage critical thinking. Maybe your passion is making that next big scientific discovery or protecting the environment by analyzing and reporting on contaminated water. The next generation of chemists will solve our future problems including sustainable energy and food production. With its low student-professor ratio, AUM offers you plenty of opportunities to strap on your goggles and join your professors in hands-on experiments.

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. 

In addition to the general chemistry curriculum, the College of Sciences offers two additional specializations; Chemistry/Professional, for students who wish to pursue graduate school or further their career in chemistry, and Chemistry/Health Sciences, preparing students for medical school or schools in pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, or physical therapy. 

There’s a lot of variety when it comes to careers in chemistry. With additional study and experience, you could find yourself working in fields such as:

  • Patent law
  • Manufacturing
  • Water quality
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Agriculture
  • Cosmetics

A degree in chemistry is fiercely challenging, 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 from AUM

We Give You The Tools To Succeed

Know how to provide students with everything to be successful, including mentoring, tutoring, expert advising, hands-on learning, and more.

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 how your research could contribute to breakthroughs in all areas of medicine, industry, and the environment.

We Set The Bar For Ethics

Know how to use your moral compass when faced with ethical dilemmas while conducting advanced research.

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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

Many graduates go on to a master’s degree program, but others work in manufacturing or technology firms with job titles like analytical chemist, materials scientist, toxicologist, geoscientist 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 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
Analytical Chemist/ Materials ScientistBachelor’s Degree 5% (Faster than average)$80,680

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 Degree

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


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.


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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