Program Description

The employment world for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship, according to the American Chemical Society. There are many job titles associated with each of these sectors, such as analytical chemist, chemistry teacher, forensic scientist, geochemist, hazardous waste chemist, materials scientist and many more.

Maybe your passion is making that next big scientific discovery, or protecting the environment by analyzing and reporting on contaminated water. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from AUM’s College of Sciences provides an excellent background for many different careers, prepares you for graduate school, or helps pave the way toward seeking admission to medical school or other professional health degree programs. With its low student-professor ratio, AUM offers you plenty of opportunities to strap on your goggles and join your professors in hands-on research. Choose from three concentrations: Chemistry, Professional Chemistry, and Health Sciences Chemistry.

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.
  • More Pre-Health admission requirements count toward the Chemistry major than any other major.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes the chemistry professions as life, physical, and social science occupations. This category is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 97,400 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.

The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $66,070 in May 2018, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $38,640.

 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Sample Data 
JobMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Chemical Engineers$104,9106%
Chemists and Materials Scientists$78,3304%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists$71,1308%

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Chemistry Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 310K

Soaring Warhawks

  • Stephen Bell earned an M.S. 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 M.S. in Forensic Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the General Chemistry concentration includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
CHEM 1100 + CHEM 1101General Chemistry I + LabA detailed study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions and acid-base theory. Corequisite CHEM 1101 lab.
CHEM 1200 + CHEM 1201General Chemistry II + LabA detailed study of kinetics, equilibria and thermodynamics. Introductions to organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry included. Prerequisite CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101. Corequisite CHEM 1201 lab.
CHEM 3100 + CHEM 3101Organic Chemistry I + LabA systematic study of the physical and chemical natures of organic compounds. Includes hydrocarbon chemistry, simple functional groups and spectroscopy. Prerequisite CHEM 1200, CHEM 1201. Corequisite CHEM 3101 lab.
CHEM 3200 + CHEM 3201Organic Chemistry II + LabA continuation of CHEM 3100. A study of the major functional groups, polyfunctional molecules and other selected topics. Corequisite CHEM 3200 lab. Prerequisite CHEM 3100, CHEM 3101. Corequisite CHEM 3201 lab.
PHYS 2100 + PHYS 2101General Physics I + LabA treatment of statics, mechanics, heat and thermodynamics intended for technical majors. Calculus-based procedures employed frequently. Prerequisite MATH 1510 or MATH 1610. Corequisite PHYS 2101 lab.
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. Duplicate credit not allowed for MATH 1510 and MATH 1610.
MATH 1610Calculus IBasic 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. Duplicate credit not allowed for MATH 1510 and MATH 1610.
MATH 2670Elementary StatisticsBasic concepts in statistics. Topics covered include probability, frequency distributions and sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. A maximum of three hours credit for BUSN 2740, BIOL/MATH 2200, MATH 2670 or MATH 2680 may be applied toward graduation requirements for math and computer science majors.
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. Extensive use of computer exercises allows students to fulfill their requirement for computer literacy. A maximum of 3 hours credit for BUSN 2740, BIOL/MATH 2200, MATH 2670 or MATH 2680 may be applied towards graduation requirements for math and computer science majors.
PSCI 4970Senior SeminarActivities include employment application procedures, oral presentation of a technical topic, completion of an assessment instrument and an evaluation of the department. Required for all seniors prior to graduation.

Requires 16 semester hours of Chemistry; 5 hours must be writing intensive.

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