Department of Chemistry

Chair: Dr. Richard Dluhy

The Department of Chemistry provides several undergraduate degree programs for chemistry majors and general course offerings for non-majors. All B.S. chemistry degrees are designed to comply with American Chemical Society (ACS) 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 pursue certification to be chemistry educators. Students must accumulate 400 hours of pre-approved laboratory experiences beyond general chemistry in order for their degree to qualify for an ACS certificate.

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.

The required curricula associated with the B.S. degree in chemistry with available options, 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 that cover a variety of projects and encompass every area of chemistry, and biochemistry, and extend 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 and are supported by departmental travel scholarships.

All students majoring in chemistry are required to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor (Mr. James Grimes) each term prior to registration. The advisor's contact information is chemadvise@uab.edu or 205-934-7529.

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. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis do not count toward a CH minor.

Transfer Credit / Residency

All chemistry minors must take at least two of the following courses (with laboratories) at UAB, and at least one of these courses with laboratory must be at the 200 level or higher: CH 235/CH 236, CH 237/CH 238, CH 325/CH 325L CH 345/CH 345L, CH 355/CH 355L, CH 426/CH 427 or CH 440/CH 427, CH 450/CH 450L, CH 460, CH 480/CH 480L, or CH 481/CH 481L. Chemistry majors must also take CH 493 at UAB, and at least two of these courses at UAB (if not already satisfied by the residency requirement mentioned above): CH 426/CH 427 or CH 440/CH 427, CH 450/CH 450L, CH 463 or CH 464, CH 480/CH 480L, CH 481/CH 481L, or CH 497 (which can only count once, for three credit hours, toward this requirement). Students will not be given more semester-hours credit toward the major or minor than awarded for equivalent courses at UAB. Chemistry credit from another institution cannot be applied toward requirements for a chemistry major or minor at UAB if the grade is W, WP, WF, D, or F. Courses taken through the Cooperative Exchange Program must be approved in advance and in writing by the chemistry department chair in order for courses to apply toward requirements for a chemistry major or 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 or EH 106 Introduction to Freshman Writing I and EH 102 English Composition II or EH 107 Introduction to Freshman Writing II with the grade of C or better within their first 30 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

RequirementsHours
EH 101English Composition I3
or EH 106 Introduction to Freshman Writing I
or EH 108 English Composition I for Second Language Writers
EH 102English Composition II3
or EH 107 Introduction to Freshman Writing II
or EH 109 English Composition II for Second Language Writers
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 in literature (Area II), history (Area IV), or economics (Area IV).

The following courses satisfy Area II of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AAS 200Introduction to African-American Studies3
AAS 201Honors Introduction to African American Studies3
ARA 101
101L
Introductory Arabic I
and Introductory Arabic I Lab
4
ARA 102
102L
Introductory Arabic II
and Introductory Arabic II Lab
4
ARH 101The Art Experience3
ARH 203Ancient and Medieval Art3
ARH 204Early Modern-Contemporary Art3
ARH 206Survey of Asian Art3
ARS 280Creativity and Imagination3
CHI 101
101L
Introductory Chinese I
and Introductory Chinese I Lab
4
CHI 102
102L
Introductory Chinese II
and Introductory Chinese II Lab
4
CMST 101Public Speaking3
EH 212Forms of Literature3
EH 213Ideas in Literature3
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 101
101L
Introductory French I
and Introductory French I Lab Practice
4
FR 102
102L
Introductory French II
and Introductory French II Lab Practice
4
FR 108Introductory Intensive French4
FR 201Intermediate French I3
FR 202Intermediate French II3
GN 101
101L
Introductory German I
and Introductory German I Lab Practice
4
GN 102
102L
Introductory German II
and Introductory German II Lab Practice
4
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 204Readings in German Literature3
ITL 101
101L
Introductory Italian I
and Introductory Italian I Lab
4
ITL 102
102L
Introductory Italian II
and Introductory Italian II Lab
4
JPA 101
101L
Introductory Japanese I
and Introductory Japanese I Lab
4
JPA 102
102L
Introductory Japanese II
and Introductory Japanese Lab II
4
MU 120Music Appreciation3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 115Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHL 116Bioethics3
PHL 120Practical Reasoning3
PHL 125Introduction to Ethics3
PHL 203Philosophy of Religion3
POR 101
101L
Introductory Portuguese I
and Introductory Portuguese I Lab Practice
4
POR 102
102L
Introductory Portuguese II
and Introductory Portuguese II Lab Practice
4
SPA 101
101L
Introductory Spanish I
and Introductory Spanish I Lab Practice
4
SPA 102
102L
Introductory Spanish II
and Introductory Spanish II Lab Practice
4
SPA 108Introductory Intensive Spanish4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
THR 100Introduction to the Theatre3
THR 102Introduction to Cinema3
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 108
BY 109
Human Population and the Earth's Environment
and Laboratory in Environmental Science
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
CH 125
CH 126
General Chemistry I HONORS
and General Chemistry I HONORS Laboratory
4
CH 127
CH 128
General Chemistry II HONORS
and General Chemistry II HONORS 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 107Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry4
MA 110Finite Mathematics3
MA 125Calculus I4
MA 126Calculus II4
MA 225Calculus I - Honors4
MA 226Calculus II - Honors4
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
PHS 102Physical Science II4
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 in literature (Area II), history (Area IV), or economics (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
DCS 101Media and Society3
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
FN 102Money and Society3
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 106World History and Technology I3
HY 107World History and Technology II3
HY 120The United States To 18773
HY 121The United States Since 18773
ITS 101Introduction to International Studies3
PSC 101Foundations of American Government3
PSC 102Foundations of Comparative Politics3
PSC 103Foundations of International Relations3
PSC 221American State and Local Government3
PUH 202Introduction to Global Health3
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 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science.  Further information may be obtained from the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Chemistry, the UAB Graduate School Catalog, or the departmental web site (http://www.uab.edu/chemistry).

5th year master’s degree in biochemistry

This is a research intensive degree program and to be eligible for admission in the senior year, students must start their undergraduate research experience as early as possible, preferably in their sophomore year.  

Admission Requirements:

·         achieved status of Senior chemistry major

·         GPA of 3.0 or higher

·         enrolled in CHEM 297 (Introduction to Undergraduate Research) by the Fall semester of the Junior year

·         selection of faculty research mentor (in the Department of Chemistry or Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics) by Spring   semester of the Junior year and enroll in CHEM 497 (Undergraduate Research) by Spring semester of the Junior year

Admission to the 5th-year MS program will additionally require:

·         satisfactory performance on Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken in the Senior year (first term)

·         strong letter of nomination for admission to the program from their undergraduate research mentor

The 5th-year M.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry Oversight Committee, composed of two faculty members from the Department of Chemistry (including the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program Director) and two faculty members from the Department of Biochemistry (GBS-BSSB theme including the GBS-BSSB Graduate Program Director) will review applicants and approve admission to the program. 

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry

Required Courses in Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, must sequence requirements to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog. These courses are required for this major and can also fulfill core curriculum requirements:

Area III Sciences: CH 115, CH 116 , CH 117, CH 118 , CH 125, CH 126, CH 127, CH 128

Area III Mathematics: MA 125, MA 225

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126/226Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I: Mechanics
and General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235/245Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236/246Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CH 237/247Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238/248Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
Analytical / Inorganic / Physical Chemistry
CH 325
325L
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
4
CH 345
345L
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
4
CH 355
355L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
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 2
Transition Metal Chemistry
and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory 2
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Chemistry Electives
Select one of the following:3-6
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy 2
Physical Organic Chemistry
Transition Metal Chemistry 2
Instrumental Analysis 2
Chemometrics
Advanced Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Chemistry of Natural Products
Polymer Chemistry I. Basic Principles
and Polymer Chemistry I Laboratory
Polymer Chemistry II. Fundamental Properties
and Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory
Undergraduate Research (two terms strongly recommended)
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
Ethics in Chemical Research
and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours45-49

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 are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.

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

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry and a Biochemistry Track

Required Courses in Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, must sequence requirements to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog. These courses are required for this major and can also fulfill core curriculum requirements:

Area III Sciences: CH 115, CH 116, CH 117, CH 118, CH 125, CH 126, CH 127, CH 128

Area III Mathematics: MA 125, MA 225

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirements
MA 126/226Calculus 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: Mechanics
and General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235/245Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236/246Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CH 237/247Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238/248Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
Analytical / Inorganic / Physical Chemistry
CH 325
325L
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
4
CH 345
345L
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
4
CH 355
355L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
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
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
CH 461Advanced Biochemistry3
Biochemistry Elective
Select one of the following:3
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
Ethics in Chemical Research
and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours59-61

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 are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.

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

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry and a Forensic Chemistry Track

Required Courses in Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, must sequence requirements to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog. These courses are required for this major and can also fulfill core curriculum requirements:

Area II (non-Literature option)1: CMST 101

Area III Sciences: CH 115, CH 116, CH 117, CH 118, CH 125, CH 126, CH 127, CH 128

Area III Mathematics: MA 125, MA 225

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirements
MA 126/225Calculus II4
Biology 2
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
BY 210Genetics3
BY 311Molecular Genetics3
BY 429Evolution3
or BY 431 Principles of DNA Technology
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I: Mechanics
and General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism 3
Organic Chemistry
CH 235/245Organic Chemistry I3
CH 234/246Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)1
CH 237/247Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238/248Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
Analytical/Inorganic/Physical Chemistry
CH 325
325L
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
4
CH 345
345L
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
4
CH 355
355L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
CH 426Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy3
or CH 440 Transition Metal Chemistry
CH 427Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory1
CH 450
450L
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
4
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
CH 463Biochemistry Laboratory3
Justice Science
CJ 110Introduction to Forensic Science3
or JS 110 Introduction to Forensic Science
CJ 302Introduction to Statistics3
CJ 250Criminalistics: An Overview 3
CJ 352Forensic Science Laboratory II 3
FS 567Forensic Toxicology3
CH 297Undergraduate Research Experiences1
Research
CH 497Undergraduate Research3
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:1-3
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
Ethics in Chemical Research
Total Hours83-85

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 are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.

Additional Requirements

FYE/FLC Requirement

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

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry and a Chemical Education Track

Required Courses in Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, must sequence requirements to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog. These courses are required for this major and can also fulfill core curriculum requirements:

Area III Sciences: CH 115, CH 116CH 117, CH 118, CH 125, CH 126, CH 127, CH 128

Area III Mathematics: MA 125, MA 225

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126/225Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I: Mechanics
and General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism 1
Organic Chemistry
CH 235/245Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236/246Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CH 237/247Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238/248Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry
CH 345
345L
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
4
CH 355
355L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
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 2
4
CH 426
CH 427
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory 2
4
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Chemistry Electives
Select one of the following:3-6
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics 2
Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy
and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory 2
Transition Metal Chemistry
and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory 2
Instrumental Analysis
Chemometrics
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Chemistry of Natural Products
Polymer Chemistry I. Basic Principles
Polymer Chemistry II. Fundamental Properties
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
Ethics in Chemical Research
and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours52-56

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

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 are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.

Additional Requirements

RequirementsHours
General Electives
Students must take general electives (and the FYE/FLC requirement, if applicable) to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 29-35
Total Hours29-35

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry and a Polymer Chemistry Track

Required Courses in Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, must sequence requirements to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog. These courses are required for this major and can also fulfill core curriculum requirements:

Area III Sciences: CH 115, CH 116CH 117, CH 118 , CH 125, CH 126, CH 127, CH 128

Area III Mathematics: MA 125, MA 225

RequirementsHours
Mathematics Requirement
MA 126/226Calculus II4
Physics
Select one of the following: 18
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I: Mechanics
and General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism
Organic Chemistry
CH 235/245Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236/246Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CH 237/247Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 248 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Analytical/Inorganic/Physical Chemistry
CH 325
325L
Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
4
CH 345
345L
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity
4
CH 355
355L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
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
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
Polymer
CH 480Polymer Chemistry I. Basic Principles4
CH 481Polymer Chemistry II. Fundamental Properties4
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
MSE 430Polymeric Materials 23
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemistry in Culture & Ethics
Ethics in Chemical Research
and Undergraduate Research
Total Hours56-57

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 are mandatory for a major in chemistry.
  • The current UAB course forgiveness policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis do not count toward the CH major.

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

Sample Program of Study for a Major in Chemistry

ACS Approved

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115 or 1253CH 117 or 1273
CH 116 or 1261CH 118 or 1281
EH 1013EH 1023
MA 125 or 2254MA 126 or 2264
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
FYE (credit hours may vary)1 
 15 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235 or 2453CH 237 or 2473
CH 236 or 2461CH 238 or 2481
PH 22124PH 2224
  
  
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 218)13Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. SOC 100)13Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13
 Electives2
 14 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
345L
4CH 355
355L
4
CH Elective (400 level)13Core Curriculum (e.g., PHL 116)13
Core Curriculum (e.g., THR 100)13Electives7
Electives7 
 17 14
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 325
325L
4CH 426 or 44033
CH 4603CH 42731
Electives8CH 4933
 Electives8
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

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

ACS Approved

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
FYE Course (hours may vary)1CH 117 or 1273
CH 115 or 1253CH 118 or 1281
CH 116 or 1261BY 1234
MA 125 or 2254 
EH 1013MA 126 or 2264
Core Curriculum (e.g., PY 101)13EH 1023
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235 or 2453CH 237 or 2453
CH 236 or 2461CH 238 or 2481
BY 1244PH 22124
  
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 218)13 
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 116)13
Core Curriculum (e.g., HY 101)13Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13
 Elective1
 17 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
345L
4CH 4613
CH 4603CH 355
355L
4
PH 22224BY 21033
 Core Curriculum (e.g. SOC 100)13
 Electives3
Electives2 
 13 16
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 3253CH 426 or 44043
CH 325L1CH 42741
Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13CH 46453
Electives 8CH 4933
 Electives4
 15 14
Total credit hours: 120

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

ACS Approved

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115 or 1253CH 117 or 1273
CH 116 or 1261CH 118 or 1281
MA 125 or 2254MA 126 or 2264
EH 1013EH 1023
FYE (Credit hours may vary)1Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 115)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13 
 15 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235 or 2453CH 237 or 2473
CH 236 or 2461CH 238 or 2481
PH 221
221R
221L2
4PH 222
222R
222L2
4
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 218)13Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13Elective4
Elective3 
 17 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
345L
4CH 355
355L
4
CH 4603Chemistry Elective (400 level)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. ANTH 101)13Electives4
Elective2 
 15 14
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 32533CH 4983
CH 325L31CH 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.

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

ACS Approved

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
CH 115 or 1253CH 117 or 1273 
CH 116 or 1261CH 118 or 1281 
MA 125 or 2254MA 126 or 2264 
EH 1013EH 1023 
CJ 1103BY 1234 
FYE (Credit hours may vary)1  
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 235 or 2453CH 237 or 2473CH 4603
CH 236 or 2461CH 238 or 2481 
CJ 3023BY 2103 
BY 1244Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 116)13 
 Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13 
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 218)13Core Curriculum (e.g., SOC 100)13 
 14 16 3
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 345
345L
4CH 355
355L
4CH 4633
CJ 250 or 3503CJ 3523 
BY 3113BY 429 or 4313 
PH 221
221R
221L2
4PH 222
222R
222L2
4 
Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13  
 17 14 3
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 325
325L
4CH 426 or 4403CH 2971
CH 450
450L
4CH 4271 
CH 4973CH 4951 
FS 567 or 6773Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13 
 Core Curriculum (e.g., THR 100)13 
 Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13 
 14 14 1
Total credit hours: 126

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

ACS Approved

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 115 or 1253CH 117 or 1273
CH 116 or 1261CH 118 or 1281
MA 125 or 2254MA 126 or 2264
EH 1013EH 1023
FYE (Credit hours vary.)1Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 101)13
Elective2Elective1
 14 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235 or 2453CH 237 or 2473
CH 236 or 2461CH 238 or 2481
MSE 2803Core Curriculum (e.g. CMST 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. EH 218)13Core Curriculum (e.g. HY 102)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. PHL 115)13Core Curriculum (e.g. ANTH 101)13
Core Curriculum (e.g. THR 100)13Elective (MSE 281)3
 16 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 345
345L
4CH 355
355L
4
PH 221
221R
221L2
4PH 222
222R
222L2
4
Core Curriculum (e.g. PY 101)13MSE 4303
Elective 4Electives4
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 325
325L
4CH 426 or 44033
CH 4603CH 42731
CH 480
480L
4CH 481
481L
4
Elective3CH 4933
 Elective4
 14 15
Total credit hours: 120

 Minor in Chemistry

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

GPA and 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  W, WP, WF, 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.
  • All chemistry minors must take at least two of the following courses (at least one with its accompanying laboratory) at UAB: CH 235 /CH 236 , CH 237/CH 238, CH 325 /CH 325L, CH 345/CH 345L, CH 355/CH 355L, CH 426/CH 427 or CH 440/CH 427, CH 450/CH 450L CH 460 CH 480 CH 480 /CH 480L, or CH 481 /CH 480L.
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis do not count toward a CH 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
    or CH 125 General Chemistry I HONORS
    CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
    or CH 126 General Chemistry I HONORS Laboratory
    CH 117General Chemistry II3
    or CH 127 General Chemistry II HONORS
    CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
    or CH 128 General Chemistry II HONORS Laboratory
    CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
    or CH 245 Organic Chemistry I Honors
    CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
    or CH 246 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
    CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
    or CH 247 Organic Chemistry II Honors
    CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
    or CH 248 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

  • Prior approval of the Chemistry Honors Director.
  • Prior completion of 6 semester hours of undergraduate research CH 497.
  • 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

Director of the Department of Chemistry Honors Program
Chemistry Building
Birmingham, AL 35294-1240
 

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.
Prerequisites: MAAD 15 or 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 MA 225 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MTH1 75 or MTH2 75 or MTH3 75 or MTH4 75 or MTH5 75 or MA1 75 or MA2 75 or MA3 75 or MA4 75 or MA5 75 or MPL 30

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. Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences. Concurrent enrollment in CH 105R Introductory Chemistry I Recitation required.
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 MA 225 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or MAAD 15 or MTH1 75 or MTH2 75 or MTH3 75 or MTH4 75 or MTH5 75 or MA1 75 or MA2 75 or MA3 75 or MA4 75 or MA5 75 or MPL 30

CH 105R. Introductory Chemistry I Recitation. 0 Hours.

Introductory 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 105 Introductory Chemistry I required.

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. Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. 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. Not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences. Concurrent enrollment in CH 107R Introductory Chemistry II Recitation is required.
Prerequisites: CH 105 [Min Grade: C] or CH 115 [Min Grade: C]

CH 107R. Introductory Chemistry II Recitation. 0 Hours.

Introductory Chemistry II 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 107 Introductory Chemistry II required.

CH 108. Introductory Chemistry II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of lab skills and demonstration of phenomena covered in CH 107. 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. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CH 107 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. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences.
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 225 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: P]) or MAC1 17 or MAAD 21 or MTH2 75 or MTH3 75 or MTH4 75 or MTH5 75 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 (SAT2 580 and HSCG 3.50) or (SAT2 600 and HSCG 3.00) or (SAT2 620 and HSCG 2.50) or SAT2 640 or S02 600 or MPL 61

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. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.

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. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C] or CH 125 [Min Grade: C]

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

General Chemistry II 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 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. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.

CH 125. General Chemistry I HONORS. 3 Hours.

Stoichiometry, quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids-bases, colligative properties and periodicity using an atoms-first approach. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Students should already have completed a college-level general chemistry course such as AP chemistry or a similar equivalent before taking CH 125. The honors course provides less time covering basic concepts so as to allow time to cover concepts not discussed in the CH 115 course, such as solid state structures and molecular orbital theory. The class size is limited to 60 students. Concurrent enrollment in CH 125R General Chemistry I Recitation required. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences.
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 225 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: P] or MAC1 17 or MAAD 21 or MTH2 75 or MTH3 75 or MTH4 75 or MTH5 75 or MPL 61 or (A02 23 and HSCG 3.5) or (A02 24 and HSCG 3.0) or (A02 25 and HSCG 2.5) or (S02 540 and HSCG 3.5) or (S02 560 and HSCG 3.0) or (S02 580 and HSCG 2.5) or (SAT2 580 and HSCG 3.5) or (SAT2 600 and HSCG 3.0) or (SAT2 620 and HSCG 2.5) or SAT2 640 or S02 600

CH 125R. General Chemistry I HONORS 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 125 General Chemistry I required.

CH 126. General Chemistry I HONORS Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 125. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant Component of this course. Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 125 strongly recommended.

CH 127. General Chemistry II HONORS. 3 Hours.

Solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and special topics (organic, biochemistry, descriptive chemistry) Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. The honors course provides less time covering basic concepts so as to allow time to cover concepts not discussed in the CH 117 course, such as nuclear chemistry. The class size is limited to 60 students. Concurrent enrollment in CH 127R General Chemistry II Recitation required. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. This course, when taken with its corresponding laboratory, meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area III: Natural Sciences.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: A] or CH 125 [Min Grade: B]

CH 127R. General Chemistry II HONORS Recitation. 0 Hours.

General Chemistry II 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 127 General Chemistry II required.

CH 128. General Chemistry II HONORS Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 127. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. (Core Area III) Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course. Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 127 strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: A] or CH 125 [Min Grade: B] and CH 116 [Min Grade: A] or CH 126 [Min Grade: B]

CH 199. Bridge Between General and Organic Chemistry. 1 Hour.

This is a one credit hour, pass-fail, 6-week, on-line class designed to prepare general chemistry students for success in the organic chemistry sequence. The course will reinforce topics from general chemistry and introduce basic concepts that will be encountered in organic chemistry. Recommended for transfer students or for students who earned a grade of C in General Chemistry II.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]

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) or CH 125 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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] or CH 127 [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] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C] or CH 128 [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] or CH 245 [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 245. Organic Chemistry I Honors. 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. This honors course moves at a slightly faster pace than CH 235, and is taught in a slightly nontraditional way. There is less lecture, more class discussion, and more problem-solving. Concurrent enrollment in CH 245R Organic I HONORS Recitation required. Open to Honors College students, Chemistry Scholars, or Permission of Instructor.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]

CH 245R. Organic Chemistry I Honors Recitation. 0 Hours.

Organic Chemistry I recitation is used to build problem-solving skills in study-group environments. Concurrent enrollment in CH 245 Organic Chemistry I HONORS required.

CH 246. 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 245 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 247. Organic Chemistry II Honors. 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. This Honors course moves at a slightly faster pace than CH 237, and is taught in a slightly nontraditional way with a greater focus on organic synthesis. There is less lecture, more class discussion, and more problem-solving. Concurrent enrollment in CH 247R Organic II HONORS Recitation required.
Prerequisites: CH 235 [Min Grade: A] or CH 245 [Min Grade: C]

CH 247R. Organic Chemistry II Honors Recitation. 0 Hours.

Organic Chemistry II recitation is used to build problem-solving skills in study-group environments. Concurrent enrollment in CH 247 Organic Chemistry II HONORS required.

CH 248. 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 247 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 297. Undergraduate Research Experiences. 1 Hour.

Research experience in selected areas of chemistry under supervision of faculty mentor. A minimum of 50 hours of laboratory hours per semester, GPA of 2.5 in required chemistry courses, permission of faculty mentor and chemistry academic advisor required.

CH 325. Physical Chemistry I with Calculus: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics. 3 Hours.

Thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and chemical kinetics. Lecture and laboratory. Prior completion of PH 221 and CH 355 strongly recommended. Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MA 227 strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of, CH 325L Physical Chemistry I Lab required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 117 [Min Grade: P] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and (MA 126 [Min Grade: C] or MA 226 [Min Grade: C] or MA 126 [Min Grade: P]) and (PH 201 [Min Grade: C] or PH 201 [Min Grade: P] or PH 221 [Min Grade: C] or PH 221 [Min Grade: P])

CH 325L. Physical Chemistry I Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics. 1 Hour.

Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics laboratory required with CH 325 lecture. Concurrent enrollment in CH 325 Physical Chemistry I required.
Prerequisites: CH 325 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 345. Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity. 3 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, or prior completion of, CH 345L Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity Lab required.
Prerequisites: (CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or CH 247 [Min Grade: C]) and (CH 238 [Min Grade: C] or CH 239 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 345L [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 345L. Inorganic Chemistry Lab: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity. 1 Hour.

Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity Laboratory required with CH 345 lecture. Concurrent or prior completion of CH 345 Inorganic Chemistry: Principles and Applications of Chemical Periodicity required.
Prerequisites: CH 345 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 355. Quantitative Analysis. 3 Hours.

Principles of analytical measurements, statistical and volumetric techniques, spectrophotometric analysis, and chromatography, with emphasis on equilibrium and applications. Concurrent enrollment, or prior completion of, CH 355L Quantitative Analysis Lab required.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]

CH 355L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Quantitative analysis laboratory. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 355 Quantitative Analysis required.
Prerequisites: CH 355(Can be taken Concurrently)

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. Appropriate 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 426. Physical Chemistry II: Structure/Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy. 3 Hours.

Quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, and molecular spectroscopy. Prior completion of CH 325 and MA 227 strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of, CH 427 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and (MA 126 [Min Grade: C] or MA 226 [Min Grade: C]) and (PH 202 [Min Grade: C] or PH 222 [Min Grade: C])

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. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of either CH 440 or CH 426 are required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and (MA 126 [Min Grade: C] or MA 226 [Min Grade: C]) and (PH 202 [Min Grade: C] or PH 222 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 440(Can be taken Concurrently) or CH 426(Can be taken Concurrently)

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 430. Physical Organic Chemistry. 3 Hours.

The course will focus on basic concepts, molecular orbital theory, and organic reaction mechanisms, built on the foundation of organIc chemistry I and II. The goal is to provide students a deeper understanding of the general principles, especially structure, mechanism, and their relationships.
Prerequisites: CH 237 or CH 247 [Min Grade: C]

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. Concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of, CH 427 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory required.
Prerequisites: CH 345 [Min Grade: C]

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. 3 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, or prior completion of, CH 450L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory is required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C])

CH 450L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Instrumental Analysis Lab. Concurrent enrollment in CH 450 Instrumental Analysis is required.
Prerequisites: CH 450 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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. Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in selected areas of analytical chemistry under the supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: (CH 235 [Min Grade: C] and CH 236 [Min Grade: C]) and (CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 238 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 355 [Min Grade: C]

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] or CH 247 [Min Grade: C]

CH 461. Advanced Biochemistry. 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 463. Biochemistry Laboratory. 3 Hours.

Introduction to modern bioanalytical techniques used for the expression, isolation, and characterization of proteins and other biological macromolecules. Space is limited. Students with a Chemistry Major with either the Biochemistry or Forensic Tracks have priority.
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. Space is limited. Students with the Chemistry Major with the Biochemistry Track have priority. Concurrent or prior enrollment in CH 461 is recommended.
Prerequisites: CH 450 [Min Grade: C] or CH 460 [Min Grade: C] or CH 461 [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 235 [Min Grade: C] or CH 245 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 236 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 237 [Min Grade: C] or CH 247 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 238 [Min Grade: C]

CH 477. Radiochemistry for the Life Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to act as an introduction to radiochemistry. It will cover production, instrumentation, and radiochemistry techniques to make use of radiotracers in the life sciences from basic biological and environmental applications to medical imaging and therapy.

CH 480. Polymer Chemistry I. Basic Principles. 3 Hours.

Basic chemical principles of polymers with the focus on synthesis, characterization, and applications of synthetic and biological macromolecules. Prior completion of CH 237, CH 325, and CH 355 (and MSE 350 for MSE students) recommended. Concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of, CH 480L Polymer Chemistry I Lab is required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 480L(Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 480L. Polymer Chemistry I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Polymer Chemistry I Laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 480 Polymer Chemistry I required.
Prerequisites: CH 480(Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 481. Polymer Chemistry II. Fundamental Properties. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of chemical, physical and molecular properties of polymers in bulk and solution. Concurrent enrollment in CH 481L Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory required. Prior completion of CH 237, CH 325, and CH 355 (and MSE 350 for MSE students) recommended. Concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of, CH 481L Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory is required.
Prerequisites: (CH 117 [Min Grade: C] or CH 127 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 481L(Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 481L. Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Polymer Chemistry II Laboratory. Concurrent enrollment in CH 481 Polymer Chemistry II required.
Prerequisites: CH 481(Can be taken Concurrently)

CH 489. Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Special topics in selected areas of polymer chemistry under supervision of faculty sponsor. Requires permission of instructor.

CH 492. Research Methods. 1-3 Hour.

This course is required in the UABTEACH program and is specially designed to meet the needs of future teachers. Students meet two hours per week for non-traditional, interactive lectures and two hours per week for lab. The course is cross-listed (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). It provides students with the tools that scientists use to solve scientific problems; gives students the opportunity to use these tools in a laboratory setting; makes students aware of how scientists communicate with each other through peer-reviewed scientific literature; and enables students to understand how scientists develop new knowledge and insights. The course requires a substantial amount of writing.

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 intended for graduating senior Chemistry majors.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 325 [Min Grade: D]

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 intended for graduating senior Chemistry majors.
Prerequisites: CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and CH 497 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and CH 325 [Min Grade: C]

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 faculty mentor 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 235 [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. Admission to the Chemistry Honors Program is required; a research proposal must be on file with and approved by 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 required.
Prerequisites: CH 497 [Min Grade: C]

Faculty

Brande, Scott, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1979, B.S. (Rochester), M.S. (California Institute of Technology), Ph.D. (SUNY-Stony Brook)
Casselman, Brock, Instructor, 2018, B.S., Ph.D. (Utah)
Dluhy, Richard, Professor and Chair, 2015, BS (Connecticut), PhD (Rutgers)
Erdmann, Mitzy, Instructor, 2016, B.S. (Loyola University), M.S. (UAB), 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, Canada)
Kharlampieva, Eugenia, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2010, B.S. (Chelyabinsk State, Russia), Ph.D. (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Lucius, Aaron L., Professor of Chemistry, 2006, B.S. (Oregon State), Ph.D. (Washington U.)
March, Joe L., Professor of Chemistry; Associate Director, Science and Technology Honors Program, 1999, B.S., M.S. (Southwestern Texas), Ph.D. (Texas)
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)
Velu, Sadanandan, Associate 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., (Belarusian State, Russia)
Wang, Pengfei, Professor of Chemistry, 2005, B.E., B.Sc. (Tsinghua, China), M.S. (Illinois-Chicago), Ph.D. (Wisconsin)
Wijeratne, Gayan B., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2018, B.S. (Columbo, Sri Lanka), Ph.D. (Kansas)
Zhang, Jun, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2016, B.S. (Nankai, China), M.S. (Tsinghua, China), Ph.D. (North Carolina - Chapel Hill)