Department of Chemistry

Chair: David E. Graves

The Department of Chemistry provides several undergraduate degree programs for chemistry majors and general course offerings for non-majors. All B.S. degrees are designed to comply with American Chemical Society (ACS) accreditation standards and provide a strong foundation in chemistry that prepares students to be highly qualified to work as professional chemists, pursue advanced studies leading to the Ph.D. degree in chemistry or biochemistry, or gain admission to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, work as forensic chemists in regional, state, and federal forensic laboratories, work as professional chemists in industrial or government laboratories, or work as chemistry educators.

The department offers the following ACS-approved B.S. degrees in chemistry as well as a minor in chemistry:

  1. Major in Chemistry
  2. Major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Track
  3. Major in Chemistry with a Chemical Education Track
  4. Major in Chemistry with a Forensic Chemistry Track
  5. Major in Chemistry with a Polymer Chemistry Track

The B.S. degree in chemistry with a biochemistry track, or a B.S. degree in chemistry, with biology as a minor, is recommended for students with career interests in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or other health-related fields. Students whose interests include careers in federal, state, or local forensic laboratories are encouraged to obtain a degree in chemistry with the forensic chemistry track.

Brochures that delineate the required curricula and career opportunities associated with the B.S. degree in chemistry and all available options, an annual schedule of courses, and a suggested program of study are available from the Department of Chemistry Advising Office and on the Department of Chemistry website.(www.uab.edu/chemistry)

An exciting feature of the Department of Chemistry’s B.S. degree is the opportunities for undergraduate chemistry majors to participate in world-class research programs. Students are encouraged to become involved in research early in their undergraduate careers. Students are engaged in all aspects of meaningful and significant research programs covering a variety of projects and encompassing every area of chemistry, biochemistry, and extending into interdisciplinary programs within the UAB biomedical research complex. Students demonstrating success in their research projects are encouraged to present their work at regional and national scientific meetings supported by departmental travel grants.

All students majoring in chemistry are required to meet with the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Advisor (Mr. James Grimes) each term prior to registration (205-934-7529) or chemadvise@uab.edu

Grade Point Average

At least a 2.0 average for all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average for all required chemistry courses taken at UAB are compulsory for either a major or minor in chemistry. The current UAB course repeat policy and course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average. 

Transfer Credit

Chemistry courses in which a grade of D or F is earned at another institution cannot be applied toward requirements for the chemistry major or minor. Students will not be given more semester-hours credit toward the major or minor than awarded for equivalent courses at UAB. Transfer students must complete at least two of the following courses (with laboratories) at UAB, and at least one of these courses must be at the 200 level or higher in order to qualify for the minor:

RequirementsHours
CH 115General Chemistry I3
CH 117General Chemistry II3
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 325Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics4
CH 326Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy3
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicty4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
CH 440Transition Metal Chemistry3
CH 450Instrumental Analysis4
CH 480Polymer Chemistry I4
CH 481Polymer Chemistry II4

A minimum of nine semester hours required for the major (at or above the 400 level) must be completed at UAB. Courses taken under the Cooperative Exchange Program must be approved in advance and in writing by the department chair in order for those courses to be accepted for credit.  Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or chemistry minor.

Core Curriculum for Chemistry

Core CurriculumHours
Area I. Written Composition 6 hours

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include six semester hours in written composition. UAB students must complete EH 101 English Composition I and EH 102 English Composition II with the grade of C or better within their first 30 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

RequirementsHours
EH 101English Composition I3
EH 102English Composition II3

 

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts 12 hours

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Requirements include at least 12 semester hours in humanities with a minimum of three semester hours in literature, three semester hours in the fine arts, and the remaining hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence either in literature (Area II) or in history (Area IV).

The following courses satisfy Area II of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AAS 200Introduction to African-American Studies3
ARA 101Introductory Arabic I3
ARA 102Introductory Arabic II3
ARH 101The Art Experience3
ARH 203Ancient and Medieval Art3
ARH 204Renaissance through Modern Art3
ARH 206Survey of Asian Art3
CHI 101Introductory Chinese I3
CHI 102Introductory Chinese II3
CMST 101Public Speaking3
EH 216Introduction to Literature3
EH 217World Literature I: Before 16603
EH 218World Literature II: 1660-Present3
EH 221British and Irish Literature I: Before 18003
EH 222British and Irish Literature II: 1800-Present3
EH 223American Literature I: Before 18653
EH 224American Literature II: 1865-Present3
FLL 120Foreign Cultures3
FLL 220Foreign Literatures in English Translation3
FR 101Introductory French I4
FR 102Introductory French II4
FR 108Introductory Intensive French4
FR 201Intermediate French I3
FR 202Intermediate French II3
GN 101Introductory German I4
GN 102Introductory German II4
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 204Readings in German Literature3
ITL 101Introductory Italian I3
ITL 102Introductory Italian II3
JPA 101Introductory Japanese I3
JPA 102Introductory Japanese II3
MU 120Music Appreciation3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 115Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHL 116Bioethics3
PHL 120Practical Reasoning3
PHL 125Introduction to Ethics3
PHL 203Philosophy of Religion3
SPA 101Introductory Spanish I /QL4
SPA 102Introductory Spanish II4
SPA 108Introductory Intensive Spanish4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
THR 100Introduction to the Theatre3
THR 105Introduction to Dance3
THR 200Plays on Film3

 

Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11 hours

Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least 11 semester hours with at least three semester hours in mathematics at the pre-calculus algebra level or higher and at least eight semester hours in the natural sciences. All courses in the natural sciences must include laboratory experiences. Disciplines in the natural sciences include, but are not limited to, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. UAB students must take the required three semester hours in mathematics within their first 60 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

The following courses satisfy Area III of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AST 101
  & AST 111
Astronomy of the Universe
   and Astronomy of the Universe Laboratory
4
AST 102
  & AST 112
Astronomy of Stellar Systems
   and Astronomy of Stellar Systems Laboratory
4
AST 103
  & AST 113
Astronomy of the Solar System
   and Astronomy of the Solar Systems Laboratory
4
AST 105
  & AST 115
Extraterrestrial Life
   and Extraterrestrial Life Laboratory
4
BY 101
  & BY 102
Topics in Contemporary Biology
   and Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory
4
BY 111
  & BY 112
Extended Topics in Contemporary Biology
   and Ext Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory
4
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
CH 105
  & CH 106
Introductory Chemistry I
   and Introductory Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CH 107
  & CH 108
Introductory Chemistry II
   and Introductory Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CH 115
  & CH 116
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CH 117
  & CH 118
General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
ENV 108
  & ENV 109
Human Population and the Earth s Environment
   and Laboratory in Environmental Science
4
ES 101
  & ES 102
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Laboratory
4
ES 103
  & ES 104
History of the Earth
   and History of the Earth Laboratory
4
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra3
MA 106Pre-Calculus Trigonometry3
MA 107Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry4
MA 109Survey of Calculus3
MA 110Finite Mathematics3
MA 125Calculus I4
MA 126Calculus II4
MA 227Calculus III4
MA 252Introduction to Differential Equations3
MA 260Introduction to Linear Algebra3
PH 201College Physics I4
PH 202College Physics II4
PH 221General Physics I4
PH 222General Physics II4
PHS 101Physical Science4

 

Area IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 12 hours

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 12 semester hours with at least a three-semester hour course in history and at least six semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence either in literature (Area II) or in history (Area IV). 

The following courses satisfy Area IV of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 106Introductory Archaeology3
ANTH 120Language and Culture3
CMST 105Introduction to Human Communication3
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEO 121World Regional Geography3
HY 101Western Civilization I3
HY 102Western Civilization II3
HY 104World History to 16003
HY 105World History 1600 to the Present3
HY 120The United States To 18773
HY 121The United States Since 18773
ITS 101Introduction to International Studies3
PSC 101Introduction to American Government3
PSC 102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PSC 103Introduction to International Relations3
PSC 221American State and Local Government3
PY 101Introduction to Psychology3
PY 201Honors Introduction to Psychology3
PY 212Developmental Psychology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 245Contemporary Social Problems3
WS 100Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
 
Area V. Pre-Professional, Pre-Major, and Elective Courses

Certain degrees/major may require students to take additional required courses and/or elective courses appropriate to the individual degree or program. Students should consult the appropriate college or school section of this catalog to see whether Area V requirements apply to them.

Total Semester Hours:41

Graduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Further information may be obtained from the Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the UAB Graduate School Catalog, or the departmental web site (http://www.uab.edu/chemistry).

Major in Chemistry

Major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Track

Major in Chemistry with a Forensic Chemistry Track

Major in Chemistry with a Chemical Education Track

Major in Chemistry with a Polymer Chemistry Track

 

 

 Major Requirements for Chemistry

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical / Inorganic / Physical Chemistry
CH 325Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics4
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
Physical/Transition Metal/Instrumental Chemistry
Select one of the following:4
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Transition Metal Chemistry
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
CH 450
  & 450L
Instrumental Analysis
   and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Chemistry Electives
Select one of the following:3-6
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
Transition Metal Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Chemometrics 2
Advanced Biochemistry I 2
Advanced Biochemistry II 2
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery 2
Chemistry of Natural Products 2
Polymer Chemistry I
Polymer Chemistry II
Undergraduate Research (two terms strongly recommended)
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
or CH 495
  & CH 497
Ethics in Chemical Research
   and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours45-49
1

The calculus-based PH 221 - PH 222 sequence is strongly recommended.

2

 To count this course as the chemistry elective requires also taking CH 297Undergraduate Research Experiences before graduation

 

GPA and Residency Requirement

  • At least a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • A minimum of nine semester hours in the major at or above the 400 level must be taken at UAB.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • No "D" or "F" grades in chemistry courses are applied from transfer credit toward the chemistry major.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.

 

Additional Requirements

RequirementsHours
General Electives15-19
Students must take general electives (and the FYE/FLC requirement, if applicable) to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.
Total Hours15-19

 

 

 

 Major Requirements for Chemistry with Biochemistry Track

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirements
MA 126Calculus II4
Biology
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
Biology
Select one of the following:3-4
Genetics
Biology of Microorganisms
Cell Biology
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical / Inorganic / Physical Chemistry
CH 325Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics4
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
Physical/Transition Metal/Instrumental Chemistry
Select one of the following:4
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Transition Metal Chemistry
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
CH 450
  & 450L
Instrumental Analysis
   and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
CH 461Advanced Biochemistry I3
Biochemistry Elective
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
or CH 495
  & CH 497
Ethics in Chemical Research
   and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours59-61
1

 The calculus based PH 221 & PH 222 is strongly recommended.

 

GPA and Residency Requirement

  • At least a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB must be achieved for a major in chemistry with Biochemistry track.
  • A minimum of nine semester hours at or above the 400 level in the major must be taken at UAB.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • No "D" or "F" grades in chemistry courses are applied from transfer credit toward the chemistry major.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.

 

Additional Requirements

RequirementsHours
General Electives
Students must take general electives (and the FYE/FLC requirement, if applicable) to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 15-19
Total Hours15-19

 

 

 

 Major Requirements for Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry Track

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirements
MA 126Calculus II4
Communication Studies
CMST 101Public Speaking3
Biology 2
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
BY 210Genetics3
BY 311Molecular Genetics3
BY 429Evolution3
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II 2
Organic Chemistry
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 234Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)1
or CH 236 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical/Inorganic/Physical Chemistry
CH 325Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics4
CH 326
  & CH 427
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
4
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
CH 450Instrumental Analysis4
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
CH 463Biochemistry Laboratory3
Justice Science
JS 110Introduction to Forensic Science3
JS 120Introduction to Statistics3
JS 250Criminalistics: An Overview3
or JS 350 Advanced Criminalistics
JS 352Forensic Science Laboratory II3
JS 567Forensic Toxicology3
or JS 677 Advanced Forensic Toxicology
Internship
CH 297Undergraduate Research Experiences 41
Research
CH 497Undergraduate Research3
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:1-3
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
Ethics in Chemical Research
Total Hours86-88
1

Completion automatically satisfies three semester hours of Core Curriculum Area II: Fine Art & Humanities.

2

These courses may constitute a biology minor; please see biology department advisor or GPS if interested in this minor.

3

The calculus based sequence PH 221 & PH 222 is strongly recommended.

4

Requires formal admission to the forensic chemistry track.


GPA and Residency Requirement

  • A student may apply for admission to the forensic chemistry track upon successful completion of CH 237 Organic Chemistry II and CH 238 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors).
  • A minimum of nine semester hours of required chemistry courses in the major must be taken at UAB prior to admission to this track.
  • At least a 3.0 grade point average in all required chemistry courses and a 3.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB must be achieved for admission to the forensic chemistry track.
  • At least a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB must be achieved for a major in chemistry with the forensic chemistry track.
  • A minimum of nine semester hours at or above the 400 level in the major must be taken at UAB. The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • No "D" or "F" grades in chemistry courses are applied from transfer credit to meet these requirements.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.

 

Additional Requirements

FYE/FLC Requirement

Students must also fulfill the FYC/FLC Requirement, if applicable.

 

 

 

Major Requirements for Chemistry with Chemical Education Track

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
Physical Chemistry
Select one of the following:4
CH 325
  & 325L
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
   and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Chemistry Electives
Select one of the following:3-6
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
Transition Metal Chemistry 2
Instrumental Analysis
Chemometrics 2
Spec Topics in Analytical Chem
Advanced Biochemistry I 2
Advanced Biochemistry II 2
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Structural Biochemistry
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery 2
Chemistry of Natural Products 2
Polymer Chemistry I
Polymer Chemistry II
Undergraduate Research (two terms strongly recommended)
Chemistry Teaching Methods
CH 498Chemistry Teaching Methods3
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
or CH 495
  & CH 497
Ethics in Chemical Research
   and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours44-48
1

The calculus based PH 221-PH 222sequence is strongly recommended.

2

To count this course as the chemistry elective requires also taking CH 297 Undergraduate Research Experiences before graduation.



 GPA and Residency Requirement

  • At least a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB must be achieved for a major in the chemical education track.
  • A minimum of nine semester hours in the major at or above the 400 level must be taken at UAB. The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • No "D" or "F" grades in chemistry courses are applied from transfer credit toward the chemistry major.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.
     

Additional Requirements

RequirementsHours
General Electives
Students must take general electives (and the FYE/FLC requirement, if applicable) to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 31-34
Total Hours31-34

 

 

 

 Major Requirements for Chemistry with Polymer Chemistry Track

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical/Inorganic/Physical Chemistry
CH 325Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics4
CH 345Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity4
CH 355Quantitative Analysis4
Physical/Transition Metal/Instrumental Chemistry
Select one of the following:5
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Transition Metal Chemistry
   and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
CH 450
  & 450L
Instrumental Analysis
   and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Polymer
CH 480Polymer Chemistry I4
CH 481Polymer Chemistry II4
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
MSE 413Composite Materials 23
MSE 430Polymeric Materials 23
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
or CH 495
  & CH 497
Ethics in Chemical Research
   and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours60-61
1

The calculus based PH 221-PH 222 sequence is strongly recommended.

2

MSE 281 may be a required prerequisite.

 

GPA Requirement

  • At least a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in all required chemistry courses taken at UAB must be achieved for a major in the polymer chemistry track.
  • A minimum of nine semester hours in the major at or above the 400 level must be taken at UAB.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • No "D" or "F" grades in chemistry courses are applied from transfer credit toward the chemistry major.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.

 

Additional Requirements

RequirementsHours
General Electives
Students must take general electives (and the FYE/FLC requirement, if applicable) to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 13-19
Total Hours13-19

 

 

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry

ACS Approved (2014/2015)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115
  & 115R
3EH 1023
CH 1161CH 117
  & 117R
3
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13Core Curriculum (e.g. PH 116)13
FYE/FLC Course (credit hours may vary)2CH 1181
EH 1013MA 1264
MA 1254 
 16 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3
Core Curriculum (e.g. SOC 100)13CH 2381
Electives2-3Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 216)13Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
CH 2361Electives2
 15-16 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
  & 345L
4CH 355
  & 355L
4
PH 221
  & 221R
  & 221L2
4PH 222
  & 222R
  & 222L2
4
Electives7Electives7
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 325
  & 325L
4CH 326 or 44033
CH 4603CH 42731
Electives8CH 4933
 Chemistry Elective (400 level)13
 Electives5
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120-121
1

See GPS for list of courses that can satisfy core and/or major requirements.

2

 The calculus based physics sequence PH 221 & PH 222 is strongly recommended instead of the PH 201 & PH 202 sequence.

3

 CH 450/450L can substitute for CH 326/427 or CH 440/427.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Track

ACS Approved (2014-2015)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115
  & 115R
3BY 124
  & 124L
4
CH 1161EH 1023
FYE/FLC Course (hours may vary)2MA 1264
EH 1013CH 117
  & 117R
3
MA 1254CH 1181
BY 123
  & 123L
4 
 17 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13CH 2381
Elective 1PH 222
  & 222R
  & 222L2
4
CH 2361Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13
PH 221
  & 221R
  & 221L2
4Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 116)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 216)13Elective1
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
  & 345L
4CH 4613
Electives2CH 355
  & 355L
4
CH 4603BY 21033
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13Core Curriculum (e.g. SOC 100)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13Electives2
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 3254CH 326 or 44043
CH 325L0CH 42741
Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13CH 4643
Electives 8CH 4933
 Electives3
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120
1

See GPS for list of courses that can satisfy core and/or major requirements.

2

 The calculus-based physics sequence, PH 221PH 222, is strongly recommended, instead of the PH 201 & PH 202 sequence.

3

May also choose BY 330 or BY 271/BY 271L.

4

CH 450/450L may substitute for CH 326/427 or CH 440/427

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry with a Chemical Education Track

ACS Approved (2014/2015)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115
  & 115R
3CH 1181
CH 1161CH 117
  & 117R
3
FYE/FLC (Credit hours may vary)2Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 115)13
EH 1013EH 1023
MA 1254MA 1264
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13 
 16 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 216)13CH 2381
Elective3PH 222
  & 222R
  & 222L2
4
CH 2361Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
PH 221
  & 221L
  & 221R2
4Elective4
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13 
 17 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
  & 345L
4CH 355
  & 355L
4
CH 4603Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101) 
Elective2Chemistry Elective (400 level)33
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13Electives6
Core Curriculum (e.g. ANTH 101)13 
 15 13
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 32534CH 4983
CH 325L30CH 4933
Electives11Electives9
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

This program alone DOES NOT lead to certification to teach chemistry.  Advising in the School of Education is STRONGLY recommended.

1

See GPS for list of courses that can satisfy core and/or major requirements.

2

 The calculus-based physics sequence, PH 221 and PH 222, is strongly recommended, instead of the PH 201 and PH 202 sequence.

3

 CH 326/427 can substitute for CH 325/325L

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry with a Forensic Chemistry Track

ACS Approved (2014/2015)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
CH 115
  & 115R
3EH 1023 
CH 1161MA 1264 
EH 1013CH 1181 
MA 1254BY 124
  & 124L
4 
BY 123
  & 123L
4CH 117
  & 117R
3 
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3CH 4603
Core curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13CH 2381 
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 216)13JS 3523 
CH 2361BY 2103 
JS 1103Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13 
JS 1203Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 116)13 
 16 16 3
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
JS 250 or 3503CH 355
  & 355L
4CH 4633
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)3BY 4293 
CH 345
  & 345L
4PH 222
  & 222R
  & 222L2
4 
BY 3113Core Curriculum (e.g. SOC 100)13 
PH 221
  & 221R
  & 221L2
4  
 17 14 3
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 325
  & 325L
4CH 3263CH 2971
CH 450
  & 450L
4CH 4271 
CH 4973CH 4951 
JS 567 or 6773Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13 
 Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13 
 14 11 1
Total credit hours: 125
1

See GPS for list of courses that can satisfy core and/or major requirements.

2

 The calculus-based physics sequence, PH 221 and PH 222, is strongly recommended, instead of the PH 201 and PH 202 sequence.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry with a Polymer Chemistry Track

ACS Approved (2014/2015)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115
  & 115R
3Elective1
CH 1161EH 1023
Elective2CH 1181
EH 1013Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13
MA 1254MA 1264
FYE/FLC (Credit hours vary.)2CH 117
  & 117R
3
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3
Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 115)13CH 2381
MSE 2803Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
CH 2361Core Curriculum (e.g. ANTH 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 216)13Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13Elective (MSE 281)3
 16 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
  & 345L
4PH 222
  & 222R
  & 222L2
4
Elective1CH 355
  & 355L
4
MSE 4133Electives7
PH 221
  & 221R
  & 221L2
4 
Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13 
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 325
  & 325L
4CH 326 or 44033
CH 4603CH 42731
CH 481
  & 481L
4CH 480
  & 480L
4
MSE 4303CH 4933
 Elective3
 14 14
Total credit hours: 120
1

See GPS for list of courses that can satisfy core and/or major requirements.

2

 The calculus-based physics sequence, PH 221 & PH 222, is strongly recommended, instead of the PH 201 & PH 202 sequence.

3

 CH 450/450L can substitute for CH 326/427 or 440/427

 

 Minor Requirements for Chemistry

RequirementsHours
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 115General Chemistry I 13
CH 114General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors) 11
or CH 116 General Chemistry I Laboratory
CH 117General Chemistry II 13
CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory 11
or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 234Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)1
or CH 236 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Chemistry Elective
Select one of the following:3-4
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
Quantitative Analysis
Transition Metal Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Chemometrics
Spec Topics in Analytical Chem
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Chemistry of Natural Products
Polymer Chemistry I
Polymer Chemistry II
Total Hours19-20
1

May also satisfy the Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Sciences requirement.

 

GPA & Residency Requirement

  • At least a 2.0 average in required chemistry courses and a 2.0 average in required chemistry courses taken at UAB are mandatory for a minor in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • Chemistry courses in which a grade of "D" or "F" is earned at another institution cannot be applied toward requirements for the chemistry major or minor.
  • Students will not be given more semester-hours credit toward the major or minor than awarded for equivalent courses at UAB.
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, transfer students must complete at least two of these courses (with laboratories) at UAB, and at least one of these courses must be at the 200 level or higher in order to qualify for the minor.
  • Online chemistry lectures and/or online chemistry labs are NOT acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor.

 

Honors Program in Chemistry

Purpose

The Chemistry Honors Program is aimed toward outstanding chemistry majors and is designed to enhance the students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. The program provides an excellent preparation for graduate school or professional careers.

Eligibility

Acceptance into the Chemistry Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Have earned a 3.25 GPA in required chemistry courses attempted;
  • Have earned a 3.0 GPA overall;
  • Have completed the following courses:
    RequirementsHours
    CH 115General Chemistry I3
    CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
    or CH 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
    CH 117General Chemistry II3
    CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
    or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
    CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
    CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
    or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
    CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
    CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
    or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
  • Have arranged with a faculty mentor to do a research project in chemistry; and
  • Have submitted the honors program application form and a one-page honors research proposal to the Chemistry Honors Director.

Requirements

  • Approval of the Chemistry Honors Director.
  • Completion of 6 semester hours of undergraduate research CH 497.
  • Students in the Chemistry Honors Program will be required to complete the following:
  • Enrollment in Honors Thesis, CH 499, requiring a senior thesis written in ACS format for a scientific paper.
  • An oral presentation and defense of the thesis before the student’s Honors Research Committee.

Where appropriate, the Honors Committee may recommend that chemistry honors students make a formal presentation of their work at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science or a regional or national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Benefits

In addition to the benefits associated with a mentoring program that fosters a spirit of inquiry, independence, and initiative and integrates the student’s prior course work into a working knowledge of chemistry in the laboratory, the student who completes the program will graduate “With Honors in Chemistry.”

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the Chemistry Honors Program, contact

Dr. Gary Gray
Director of the Department of Chemistry Honors Program
Chemistry Building, Room 201
Birmingham, AL 35294-1240
Telephone (205) 934-8094
e-mail: gmgray@uab.edu

CH-Chemistry Courses

CH 100. Chemical Problem Solving. 3 Hours.

Development of quantitative skills and introduction to basic chemical concepts to prepare students for CH 115. Successful completion of MA 098 or more advanced math, or placement in a more advanced math, is strongly recommended prior to taking this course.

CH 105. Introductory Chemistry I. 3 Hours.

Fundamental facts, principles, theory, and applications of chemistry. Qualitative in nature; for non-science majors and nursing students with no previous background in chemistry. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III). Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: MA 098 [Min Grade: P] or MA 098 [Min Grade: C] or MA 102 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 105 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 106 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 107 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 110 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or (A02 20 and HSCG 2.00) or A02 21 or (S02 480 and HSCG 2.00) or S02 500 or MAAD 15

CH 106. Introductory Chemistry I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of lab skills and demonstration of chemical principles covered in CH 105. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III) Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP). Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CH 105 strongly recommended.

CH 107. Introductory Chemistry II. 3 Hours.

Fundamental organic and biochemistry. The second part of the chemistry sequence for non-science majors and nursing students. Covers concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Emphasis on molecules involved in life processes. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III). Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C], CH 105 [Min Grade: C] or CH 115 [Min Grade: C]

CH 108. Introductory Chemistry II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of lab skills and demonstration of phenomena covered in CH 107. (Core Area III) Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP). Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CH 107 strongly recommended.

CH 114. General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors). 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 115. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant Component of this course (QEP). Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 115 strongly recommended.

CH 115. General Chemistry I. 3 Hours.

Stoichiometry, quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids-bases, colligative properties and periodicity. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative analysis. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Concurrent enrollment in CH 115R General Chemistry I Recitation required. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: MA 102 [Min Grade: B] or (MA 105 [Min Grade: C] or MA 105 [Min Grade: P]) or MA 106 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 107 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 109 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: P]) or (A02 23 and HSCG 3.50) or (A02 24 and HSCG 3.00) or (A02 25 and HSCG 2.50) or A02 26 or (S02 540 and HSCG 3.50) or (S02 560 and HSCG 3.00) or (S02 580 and HSCG 2.50) or S02 600 or MAC1 17 or MAAD 21

CH 115R. General Chemistry I Recitation. 0 Hours.

General Chemistry I recitation is used to build problem-solving skills in a study-group environment. Included in these sections are homework, quizzes, lecture related problems, and exams. Concurrent enrollment in CH 115 General Chemistry I required.

CH 116. General Chemistry I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 115. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 115 General Chemistry I recommended. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).

CH 117. General Chemistry II. 3 Hours.

Solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and special topics (organic, biochemistry, descriptive chemistry) Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Concurrent enrollment in CH 117R General Chemistry II Recitation required. (Core Area III). Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C]

CH 117R. General Chemistry II Recitation. 0 Hours.

General Chemistry II Recitation is used to build porblem-solving skills in a study-group environment. Included in these sections are homework, quizzes, lecture related problems, and exams. Concurrent enrollment in CH 117 General Chemistry II required.

CH 118. General Chemistry II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 117. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 117 General Chemistry II recommended. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a signficant component of this course (QEP).

CH 119. General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors). 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 117. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP). Permission of instructor required. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 117 strongly recommended.

CH 201. Research Methods in Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Comprehensive approach for developing research skills used in chemistry and biochemistry research laboratories. Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 234. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors). 1 Hour.

Emphasis placed on development of techniques used in organic research laboratories and scientific writing. Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required.
Prerequisites: CH 235 [Min Grade: C]

CH 235. Organic Chemistry I. 3 Hours.

Structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactivity of compounds with various organic functional groups: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols. Emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions and problem solving. Concurrent enrollment in CH 235R Organic I Recitation required.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C]

CH 235R. Organic Chemistry I Recitation. 0 Hours.

Organic Chemistry I recitation is used to build problem-solving skills in study-group environments. Concurrent enrollment in CH 235 Organic I required.

CH 236. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Techniques of organic chemistry. Synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 235 strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C])

CH 237. Organic Chemistry II. 3 Hours.

Reactions of aromatic compounds and carbonyl containing functional groups: aldehydes, ketones, acids, esters and amides. Molecules of biological interest, such as proteins and carbohydrates. Concurrent enrollment in CH 237R Organic II Recitation required.
Prerequisites: CH 235 [Min Grade: C]

CH 237R. Organic Chemistry II Recitation. 0 Hours.

Organic Chemistry II recitation is used to build problem-solving skills in study-group environments. Concurrent enrollment in CH 237 Organic Chemistry II required.

CH 238. Organic Chemistry II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds using instrumental analysis and identification of unknowns. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 237 strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 235 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 234 [Min Grade: C] or CH 236 [Min Grade: C])

CH 239. Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors). 1 Hour.

Synthesis, purification and characterization of organic compounds using instrumental analysis, molecular modeling, scientific writing and oral presentation. Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C]

CH 297. Undergraduate Research Experiences. 1 Hour.

Research experience in selected areas of chemistry under supervision of faculty mentor. GPA of 2.5 in chemistry courses, permission of instructor and chemistry academic advisor required.

CH 325. Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics. 4 Hours.

Thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and chemical kinetics. Lecture and laboratory. Prior completion of PH 221 and CH 355 strongly recommended. Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MA 227 strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in CH 325L Physical Chemistry I Lab required.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and MA 126 [Min Grade: C] and (PH 201 [Min Grade: C] or PH 221 [Min Grade: C])

CH 325L. Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics laboratory required with CH 325 lecture. Concurrent enrollment in CH 325 Physical Chemistry I required.

CH 326. Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy. 3 Hours.

Quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, and molecular spectroscopy. Laboratory work correlated with lecture material. Prior completion of CH 325 and MA 227 strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 427 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently), CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and MA 126 [Min Grade: C] and (PH 202 [Min Grade: C] or PH 222 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 427 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 345. Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicty. 4 Hours.

Systematic coverage of descriptive chemistry. Chemical reactivity using structural and electronic parameters. Development of chemical understanding and intuition of elements and their compounds, as well as industrial and environmental applications. Lecture and laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 345L Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity Lab required.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 238 [Min Grade: C] or CH 239 [Min Grade: C])

CH 345L. Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicty. 0 Hours.

Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity Laboratory required with CH 345 lecture. Concurrent enrollment in CH 345 Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity required.

CH 355. Quantitative Analysis. 4 Hours.

Principles of analytical measurements, statistical and volumetric techniques, spectrophotometric analysis, and chromatography, with emphasis on equilibrium and applications. Lecture and laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 355L Quantitative Analysis Lab required.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C]

CH 355L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Emphasizing quantitative analysis laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 355 Quantitative Analysis required.

CH 391. Cooperative Education in Chemistry. 2-3 Hours.

Analysis of the concepts and models of chemistry with emphasis on computational skills for chemistry and science teachers. Aprropriate for students seeking certification as chemistry or science teachers. Junior or senior standing and minimum GPA of 2.5 or above required. Requires permission of and evaluation by appropriate faculty advisor.

CH 416. Chemical Demonstrations I. 3 Hours.

Demonstration and analysis of safe, practical and effective experiments suitable for middle/high school students. At least 50 demonstrations will be performed. Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 417. Chemical Demonstrations II. 3 Hours.

Demonstration and analysis of safe, practical and effective experiments suitable for middle/high school students. At least 50 demonstrations will be performed. Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 427. Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Laboratory with emphasis on structure/bonding in main group and transition metal compounds. Laboratory will utilize molecular orbital theory and molecular spectroscopy (including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared(IR), ultra-violet-visible(UV-vis), and mass(ms) spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and MA 126 [Min Grade: C] and (PH 202 [Min Grade: C] or PH 222 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 237 [Min Grade: C]

CH 429. Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in selected areas of physical chemistry under the supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 439. Special Topics in Organic Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in selected areas of organic chemistry under the supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 440. Transition Metal Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Relationship between bonding, structure, and properties of compounds including reactions, mechanisms, and catalysis of organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry.
Prerequisites: CH 345 [Min Grade: C] and CH 427 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 449. Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in selected areas of inorganic chemistry under the supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 450. Instrumental Analysis. 4 Hours.

Focus on modern analytical chemistry instrumentation including chemical separations, spectroscopies (atomic absorption, infrared, UV-visible, fluorescence), mass spectroscopy, and thermal analysis. Concurrent enrollment in CH 450L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory is required and correlated with lecture material.
Prerequisites: CH 355 [Min Grade: C]

CH 450L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Instrumental Analysis Lab. Concurrent enrollment in CH 450 Instrumental Analysis is required.

CH 451. Chemometrics. 3 Hours.

Introduction to basic data analysis techniques that include testing hypotheses, establishing tendencies and correlations, experimental design, etc. The course is designed to provide a support to a research chemist in effectively solving everyday problems associated with production and interpretation of experimental data.

CH 459. Spec Topics in Analytical Chem. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in selected areas of analytical chemistry under the supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 460. Fundamentals of Biochemistry. 3 Hours.

Overview of biochemical principles; chemistry of aqueous solutions, biochemical building blocks including amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleotides; examination of metabolic pathways and enzymes that mediate catabolic and anabloic metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids. Application of clinical correlations of metabolism to human nutrition and disease. This course is designed for Chemistry majors as well as students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, or pharmacy.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C]

CH 461. Advanced Biochemistry I. 3 Hours.

Protein structure and function, enzymology, DNA structure, prokaryotic replication, transcription, and protein synthesis. Membrane structure and function, carbohydrate structure and function. Methods for isolating and characterizing macromolecule structure and function including chromatography, gel electrophoresis, CD, UV, and fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CH 460 [Min Grade: C]

CH 462. Advanced Biochemistry II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of Advanced Biochemistry I focusing on eukaryotic replication, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, genomics, proteomics, biological signaling.
Prerequisites: CH 461 [Min Grade: C]

CH 463. Biochemistry Laboratory. 3 Hours.

Introduction to modern bioanalytical techniques used for the expression, isolation, and characterization of proteins and other biological macromolecules.
Prerequisites: CH 355 [Min Grade: C] and CH 460 [Min Grade: C]

CH 464. Physical Biochemistry Laboratory. 3 Hours.

Physical/analytical approaches (including mass spectroscopy and NMR) toward determination of macromolecular structures, ligand binding, and enzymology.
Prerequisites: CH 325 [Min Grade: C] and CH 355 [Min Grade: C] and CH 460 [Min Grade: C]

CH 465. Structural Biochemistry. 3 Hours.

Principles of macromolecular structure, emphasizing proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular assemblies. Computational methods used to teach principles and modeling software used for construction of computer models of proteins and nucleic acids. Lecture and computer Laboratory.
Prerequisites: CH 325 [Min Grade: C] and CH 460 [Min Grade: C]

CH 469. Special Topics in Biochemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special topics in selected areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, or structural biochemistry under supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: CH 462 [Min Grade: C]

CH 471. Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. 3 Hours.

Emphasis in design and synthesis strategies for biologically active compounds directed toward common macromolecular drug targets. Selected examples of successful design for clinically used drug classes are presented.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 460 [Min Grade: C]

CH 472. Chemistry of Natural Products. 3 Hours.

The principal focus of this course will be the introduction of synthesis and medicinal chemistry of natural products. Drug discovery using natural products, with specific examples in the areas of antibacterial, anticancer, and analgesic drugs will be introduced. An overview of structural classes, biosynthetic pathways and application of asymmetric synthesis in the synthesis of specific examples from each class will be discussed. This course is intended for undergraduate students at the senior level. Prior completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 234 [Min Grade: B], CH 235 [Min Grade: C] and CH 234 [Min Grade: C] or CH 236 [Min Grade: C] and CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 238 [Min Grade: C] or CH 239 [Min Grade: C]

CH 480. Polymer Chemistry I. 4 Hours.

Basic chemical principles of polymers with the focus on synthesis, characterization, and applications of synthetic and biological macromolecules. Prior completion of CH 325, CH 326 and CH 355 recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or MSE 350 [Min Grade: C]

CH 480L. Polymer Chemistry I Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Polymer Chemistry I Laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 480 Polymer Chemistry I required.

CH 481. Polymer Chemistry II. 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of chemical, physical, and molecular properties of polymers in bulk and solution. Concurrent enrollment in CH 481L Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory required.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or MSE 350 [Min Grade: C]

CH 481L. Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 481 Polymer Chemistry II required.

CH 483. Chemistry of Polymers and Polymeric Materials I. 3 Hours.

Basic chemical principles of polymers with the focus on synthesis, characterization, and applications of synthetic and biological macromolecules. No laboratory is required. This course sequence is for undergraduate engineering majors (B.S. in Bioengineering and Materials Sciences). The laboratory accompanying Polymer Chemistry I is NOT required for these students.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or MSE 281 [Min Grade: C]

CH 484. Chemistry of Polymers and Polymeric Materials II. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of chemical, physical and molecular aspects of polymers in bulk and solutions. No laboratory is required. This course sequence is for undergraduate engineering majors (B.S. in Bioengineering and Materials Sciences). The laboratory accompanying Polymer Chemistry II is NOT required for these students.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or MSE 281 [Min Grade: C]

CH 493. Chemistry in Culture & Ethics. 3 Hours.

Designed to explore the impact of chemical innovations on society; challenges students to consider ethical use of chemical innovations and broader impacts of chemistry in society. Writing assignments are structured to build on scientific reasoning. Capstone course for Chemistry majors.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C]

CH 495. Ethics in Chemical Research. 1 Hour.

Designed to explore the impact of chemical innovations on society; challenges students to consider ethical use of chemical innovations and broader impacts of chemistry in society. Writing assignments are structured to build on scientific reasoning. Capstone course for Chemistry majors.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 497 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 497. Undergraduate Research. 3 Hours.

Research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Two semesters are highly recommended for minimum accumulation of 6 semester hours. A progress report is required each semester and a comprehensive written report in ACS format is required at the completion of the project. Permission of instructor and chemistry academic advisor required; GPA 2.5 or greater overall; GPA 3.0 or greater in required chemistry courses.

CH 498. Chemistry Teaching Methods. 3 Hours.

This course provides chemistry majors who will be future chemistry teachers with insights into the fundamental principles of chemistry in a way that can be transported to the classroom. The course will cover all aspects of teaching, measurements of effectiveness, and outcomes. Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C]

CH 499. Honors Research and Thesis. 3 Hours.

Research project conducted under the supervision of faculty mentor. Prior completion of 6 hours of CH 497 and admission to the Chemistry Honors Program. Requires approved research proposal on file with chemistry honors director. The course concludes with a written honors thesis and oral presentation and defense. Chemistry GPA 3.25 or greater; overall GPA 3.0 or greater, and permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: CH 497 [Min Grade: C]

ES-Earth Science Courses

ES 101. Physical Geology. 3 Hours.

Study of the earth, its materials and natural resources, processes of change, natural hazards to mankind. Lecture.

ES 102. Physical Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Study of properties and uses of rocks and minerals. Study of landscapes and various types of maps. One laboratory session per week.
Prerequisites: ES 101 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently)

ES 103. History of the Earth. 3 Hours.

Interpretation of Earths history through geologic time. Study of life on Earth through the fossil record. Lecture.

ES 104. History of the Earth Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Sedimentary materials and environments of formation. Fossil identification. Geologic time and principles of age-dating. One laboratory session per week.

ES 105. Physical Geography. 3 Hours.

Atmosphere, weather, climate and climatic regions, and soils.

ES 107. Directed Readings in Earth Science. 1-3 Hour.

ES 109. Planet Earth. 3 Hours.

Major topics and problems in modern earth science. Nature of solid Earth and its atmosphere, climatic change, Earths resources, interaction of Earth with sun, and planetary geology. Selected readings and videotapes.

ES 110. The Geography of Alabama. 3 Hours.

The physical geography of Alabama: geologic setting, landscape, climate and weather, soils and vegetation, natural resources.

ES 120. Geology for Engineers. 3 Hours.

The solid earth, the nature of the earths crust, surficial processes.

ES 191. Co-op Work Program. 2-3 Hours.

Faculty

Atigadda, Venkatram, Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2003, B.S. (Gulbarga-India), M.S., Ph.D. (Auburn)
Brande, Scott, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1979, B.S. (Rochester), M.S. (California Institute of Technology), Ph.D. (SUNY-Stony Brook)
Brouillette, Christie G., Emeritus Research Professor of Chemistry, 2006, B.S. (West Florida), Ph.D. (Kansas)
Brouillette, Wayne J., Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, 1979, B.S. (West Florida), M.S., Ph.D. (Kansas)
Graves, David E., Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Department of Chemistry, 2003, B.S., Ph.D. (UAB)
Gray, Gary M., Professor of Chemistry, 1983, B.S., Ph.D. (Lehigh)
Hamilton, Tracy P., Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1991, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (Arkansas)
Johnson, Margaret, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2013, B.S., Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Kharlampieva, Eugenia, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2010, B.S. (ChelyabinskSt.), Ph.D. (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Krannich, Larry K., Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, 1969, B.S., M.S. (Illinois State), Ph.D. (Florida)
Lucius, Aaron L., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2006, B.S. (Oregon State), Ph.D. (Washington U.)
March, Joe L., Associate Professor of Chemistry; Associate Director, Science and Technology Honors Program, 1999, B.S., M.S. (Southwestern Texas), Ph.D. (Texas)
McClure, Craig P., Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2005, B.A. (Northern Iowa), M.S., Ph.D. (Michigan)
Muccio, Donald D., Professor of Chemistry, 1982, B.S., Ph.D. (Ohio State)
Neilson, Michael J., Professor Emeritus of Geology, 1975, B.S., Ph.D. (New England, Australia)
Nikles, Jacqueline A., Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2001, B.S. (Marietta College), Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve)
Patterson, James C., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2007, B.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (California – Santa Barbara)
Reynolds, Robert C., Research Professor of Chemistry, 2012, B.S. (University of Virginia), Ph.D, (Duke)
Velu, Sadanandan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2002, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Calicut – India), Ph.D. (Madras – India)
Vyazovkin, Sergey, Professor of Chemistry, 2001, B.M.S., M.A., Ph.D., (Belorussian – Russia)
Wang, Pengfei, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2005, B.E., B.Sc. (Tsinghua, China), M.S. (Illinois-Chicago), Ph.D. (Wisconsin)
Watkins, Charles L., Professor of Chemistry, 1970, B.S. (Alabama), M.S., Ph.D. (Florida)