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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY (CH)

Professor Joseph S. Thrasher, Chairperson
Office: 119 Lloyd Hall

The Department of Chemistry offers major and minor programs of study for students receiving the bachelor of science degree, an honors program for chemistry majors, and professional programs of study for students receiving the bachelor of science in chemistry degree.

Bachelor of science degree requirements. The B.S. degree with a major in chemistry requires 32-36 hours, including CH 101:102, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237:338, CH 341:342, CH 348, and at least one advanced chemistry course. An advanced course is defined as any 3- or 4-hour course that requires CH 341 as a prerequisite or corequisite. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus, with no more than 3 hours of the 12-hour residency requirement met by research courses. In addition, chemistry majors must complete PH 105:106 and mathematics through MATH 227.

Requirements for the biochemistry track. The major in chemistry following the biochemistry track requires 35 hours, including CH 101:102, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237:338, CH 341:342, CH 348, and CH 461:462. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus, with no more than 3 hours of the 12-hour residency requirement met by research courses. In addition, chemistry/biochemistry majors must complete PH 105:106 and mathematics through MATH 227.

Requirements for the chemistry minor. The minor in chemistry requires CH 101:102, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237, CH 340, and CH 343. A minimum of 6 hours must be earned on this campus, including 4 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

Premedical, predental, and preoptometry preparation. Students completing the chemistry major or chemistry minor will have met all the chemistry course requirements for admission to medical, dental, or optometry schools. The ancillary physics and mathematics courses required in the chemistry major also meet the professional school admission requirements in these areas. With the addition of appropriate biological sciences electives, chemistry majors will have completed all science and mathematics courses required for admission to these health professional schools. A pre-health professional track for the chemistry major is also available.

Requirements for the pre-health professional track. The major in chemistry following the pre-health professional track requires 34 hours, including CH 101:102, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237:238, CH 340:343, CH 461:462, and CH 463. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. In addition, majors must complete PH 101:102, BSC 114:115, BSC 116: 117, and mathematics through MATH 125. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus, with no more than 3 hours of the 12-hour residency requirement met by research courses.

Honors program in chemistry. Requirements for the bachelor of science degree with honors in chemistry are (1) completion of course requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry (see above); (2) maintenance of a 3.3 GPA in chemistry courses, with no more than one "C," and of a 3.0 GPA in all coursework; (3) participation in CH 491:492, CH 493:494, honors research seminars, and research courses; (4) submission of an acceptable senior thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a chemistry department faculty member; and (5) submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other appropriate examinations prior to graduation. Students are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in chemistry on the basis of performance in introductory chemistry courses. Inquire at the chemistry department office for further details.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Chemistry Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 101 4 CH 102 4
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
MATH 1251 4 MATH 1261 4
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
___ ___
14-15 14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 223 3 CH 237 3
CH 231 3 CH 232 2
EN 225 3 EN 226 or EN 227 3
MATH 2271 4 PH 106 4
PH 105 4 Computer science or elective 3
___ ___
17 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 341 3 CH 342 3
CH 338 2 CH 348 2
Minor 3-6 Minor 3-6
Social and behavioral sciences3 3 Social and behavioral sciences3 3
Humanities3 3 Fine arts3 3
___ ___
14-17 14-17
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Advanced chemistry elective 3-4 Advanced chemistry elective 3-4
Minor 6-9 Minor 6-9
History3 3 Electives 3
Electives 3-6 History or social and behavioral sciences3 3-6
___ ___
15-18 15-18
 
Total: At least 120


1Depending on math placement exam results. Math through MATH 227 is required.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Chemistry Major: Biochemistry Track
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 101 4 CH 102 4
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
MATH 1251 4 MATH 1261 4
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
___ ___
14-15 14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 223 3 CH 232 3
CH 231 3 CH 237 2
EN 225 3 EN 226 or EN 227 3
MATH 2271 4 PH 106 4
PH 105 4 Computer science or elective 3
___ ___
17 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 341 3 CH 342 3
CH 338 2 CH 348 2
Minor 3-6 Minor 3-6
Social science2 3 Social science2 3
Humanities2 3 Fine arts2 3
___ ___
14-17 14-17
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 461 3 CH 462 3
Minor 6-9 Minor 6-9
History2 3 History or social and behavioral sciences2 3
Electives 3-6 Electives 3-6
___ ___
15-18 15-18
 
Total: At least 120


1Depending on math placement exam results. Math through MATH 227 is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Chemistry Major: Health Professional Track
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 101 4 CH 102 4
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
MATH 1251 4 BSC 116 3
BSC 114 3 BSC 117 1
BSC 115 1 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
___ ___
15 14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 223 3 CH 232 3
CH 231 3 CH 237 2
Literature2 3 PH 102 4
PH 101 4 Humanities2 3
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 Social and behavioral sciences2 3
___ ___
16-17 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 338 2 CH 340 3
Electives 3-6 CH 343 1
Minor 3 Minor 3
Social and behavioral sciences2 3 Fine arts2 3
Humanities2 3 History2 3
___ Elective 3
14-17 ___
x x 16
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 461 3 CH 462 3
Minor 6-9 CH 463 3
Social and behavioral sciences2 3 Minor 6-9
Electives 3-6 Electives 3-6
___ ___
15-18 15-18
Total: At least 120


1Depending on math placement exam results. Math through MATH 125 is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

Bachelor of science in chemistry degree program. The curriculum for the bachelor of science in chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society. This chemistry program leads to the professional degree B.S. in chemistry, and it follows recommendations of the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training. It is planned for those whose chosen professions require a strong background in chemistry. Therefore, persons planning on careers in chemistry or related areas — whether in industry, government, medical sciences, or university and college teaching — including those who plan to do graduate work in chemistry or closely related areas, are strongly urged to follow this curriculum. Students who successfully complete this degree are certified by the American Chemical Society as having satisfied the accreditation requirements.

Requirements for the B.S. in chemistry (ACS curriculum). A total of 128 hours composed of CH 101:102, CH 213, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237:338, CH 341:342, CH 348, CH 401, CH 424, and at least 9 hours in advanced chemistry courses to be selected from CH 402, CH 435, CH 437, CH 449, and either CH 497, CH 498, or CH 499. A minimum of 12 hours in 300- or 400-level chemistry courses must be earned on this campus with no more than 3 hours of the 12-hour requirement met by research courses. In addition, students must complete EN 101 and EN 102 (or EN 103); PH 105 and PH 106; MATH 227; GN 101 and GN 102 (or GN 111) and GN 201, or RUS 101, RUS 102, and RUS 201 or IT 101, IT 102, and IT 201 or JA 101, JA 102, and JA 201 or FR 101, FR 102 (or FR 103) and FR 201 or SP 101, SP 102 (or SP 103) and SP 201; 3 hours of literature (L); 3 hours of history (HI); 3 hours of fine arts (FA); 6 hours of other fine arts (FA), literature (L), or humanities (HU) courses; 9 hours of other history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) courses; and 6 hours in courses with the writing (W) designation. Each student must complete a 6-hour sequence in either history or literature. To satisfy the purposes of general education, a maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to L, FA, HU, HI, and SB requirements. No minor is required in this degree program.

Requirements for the B.S. in chemistry (Biochemistry Track, ACS curriculum). A total of 128 hours composed of CH 101:102, CH 213, CH 223, CH 231:232, CH 237:338, CH 341:342, CH 348, CH 401, CH 424, CH 461:462, CH 463, and CH 497, CH 498, or CH 499. A minimum of 12 hours in 300- or 400-level chemistry courses must be earned on this campus with no more than 3 hours of the 12-hour requirement met by research courses. In addition, students must complete EN 101 and EN 102 (or EN 103); PH 105 and PH 106; MATH 227; GN 101 and GN 102 (or GN 111) and GN 201, or RUS 101, RUS 102, and RUS 201 or IT 101, IT 102, and IT 201 or JA 101, JA 102, and JA 201 or FR 101, FR 102 (or FR 103) and FR 201 or SP 101, SP 102 (or SP 103) and SP 201; 3 hours of literature (L); 3 hours of history (HI); 3 hours of fine arts (FA); 6 hours of other fine arts (FA), literature (L), or humanities (HU) courses; 9 hours of other history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) courses; and 6 hours in courses with the writing (W) designation. Each student must complete a 6-hour sequence in either history or literature. To satisfy the purposes of general education, a maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to L, FA, HU, HI, and SB requirements. No minor is required in this degree program.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: ACS Curriculum Degree
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 101 4 CH 102 4
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
MATH 1251 4 MATH 1261 4
Foreign language 3-4 Foreign language 3-4
Elective 0-3 History2 3
___ ___
14-17 17-18
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 223 3 CH 232 3
CH 231 3 CH 237 2
PH 105 4 PH 106 4
Foreign language 3 Literature2 3
MATH 2271 4 Elective 3
___ ___
17 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 338 2 CH 342 3
CH 341 3 CH 348 2
Social and behavioral sciences2 3 Chemistry elective 3
Fine arts2 3 Humanities2 3
Electives 3-6 Social and behavioral sciences2 3
___ Elective 3
14-17 ___
17
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
CH 401 3 CH 424 4
CH 213 3 Chemistry electives 6
Chemistry electives 3-6 History or social and behavioral sciences2 3
Literature or humanities2 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 ___
___ 16
15-18
Total: At least 128


1Depending on math placement exam results. Math through MATH 227 is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 in the major and 6 outside the major, must be completed on this campus.

Bachelor of science in chemistry/marine science. For information on this program and its requirements, see p. 89.

Graduate programs. The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the master of science in chemistry and the doctor of philosophy with a major in analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry or biochemistry. Requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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