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Chemistry

Chemistry

Program Description

Excited about the prospect of curing disease by discovering new drugs? Or protecting the environment by analyzing contaminated water? Then Chemistry is the major for you. It’s central to the natural sciences and provides an excellent background for many different careers. You can work as a forensic scientist, in an industry or government lab, in hazardous waste management or for a business in sales and marketing. And our Chemistry major is great preparation for professional health degrees, such as medicine or pharmacology. With its low student-professor ratio, AUM offers you plenty of opportunities to strap on your own goggles and do hands-on research.

Choose from three concentrations: Chemistry, Professional Chemistry, 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.

A degree in Chemistry will let you choose from a variety of jobs with higher-than-average salaries. Job growth for life, physical and social science occupations is projected to be about average, growing 7 percent from 2014 to 2024. The most recent median annual wage for life, physical and social science occupations was $61,450 –– higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Sample Data

Job

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Chemical Engineers

$96,940 per year

2% (600 more jobs)

Chemists and Materials Scientists

$74,720 per year

3% (2,600 more jobs)

Chemical Technicians

$44,180 per year

2% (1,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Chemistry Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 310K

334-244-3315

sarnold@aum.edu

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:


Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

CHEM 1100 + CHEM 1101

General Chemistry I + Lab

A detailed study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions and acid-base theory. Corequisite CHEM 1101 lab.

CHEM 1200 + CHEM 1201

General Chemistry II + Lab

A 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 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. Prerequisite CHEM 1200, CHEM 1201. Corequisite CHEM 3101 lab.

CHEM 3200 + CHEM 3201

Organic Chemistry II + Lab

A 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 2101

General Physics I + Lab

A 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.

 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. Duplicate credit not allowed for MATH 1510 and MATH 1610.

MATH 1610

Calculus I

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. Duplicate credit not allowed for MATH 1510 and MATH 1610.

     

MATH 2670

Elementary Statistics

Basic 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 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. 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 4970

Senior Seminar

Activities 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.