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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY (CH)

Professor Joseph S. Thrasher, Chairperson
Office: 206-J Shelby 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 237:338, 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 493:493, 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
CourseHours
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 12514
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 1024
EN 1023
MATH 12614
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 2233
CH 2313
EN 205 or EN 2093
MATH 22714
PH 1054
___
17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 2323
CH 2372
EN 206 or EN 2103
PH 1064
Computer science or elective3
___
15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 3413
CH 3382
Minor3-6
Social and behavioral sciences33
Humanities33
___
14-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 3423
CH 3482
Minor3-6
Social and behavioral sciences33
Fine arts33
___
14-17
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
Advanced chemistry elective3-4
Minor6-9
History33
Electives3-6
___
15-18
Second Semester
CourseHours
Minor6-9
Electives6
History or social and behavioral sciences33-6
___
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
CourseHours
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 12514
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 1024
EN 1023
MATH 12614
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 2233
CH 2313
EN 205 or EN 2093
MATH 22714
PH 1054
___
17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 2323
CH 2372
EN 206 or EN 2103
PH 1064
Computer science or elective3
___
15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 3413
CH 3382
Minor3-6
Social science23
Humanities23
___
14-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 3423
CH 3482
Minor3-6
Social science23
Fine arts23
___
14-17
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 4613
Minor6-9
History23
Electives3-6
___
15-18
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 4623
Minor6-9
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Electives3-6
___
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
CourseHours
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 12514
BSC 1143
BSC 1151
 ___
 15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 1024
EN 1023
BSC 1163
BSC 1171
Foreign language or computer science3-4
 ___
 14-15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 2233
CH 2313
Literature23
PH 1014
Foreign language or computer science3-4
 ___
 16-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 2323
CH 2372
PH 1024
Humanities23
Social and behavioral sciences23
 ___
 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 3382
Electives3-6
Minor3
Social and behavioral sciences23
Humanities23
 ___
 14-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 3403
CH 3431
Minor3
Fine arts23
History23
Elective3
 ___
 16
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 4613
Minor6-9
Social and behavioral sciences23
Electives3-6
 ___
 15-18
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 4623
CH 4633
Minor6-9
Electives3-6
 ___
 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, CH 461, and at least 6 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
CourseHours
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 12514
Foreign language3-4
Elective0-3
___
14-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 1024
EN 1023
MATH 12614
Foreign language3-4
History23
___
17-18
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 2233
CH 2313
PH 1054
Foreign language3
MATH 22714
___
17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 2323
CH 2372
PH 1064
Literature23
Elective3
___
15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 3382
CH 3413
Social and behavioral sciences23
Fine arts23
Electives3-6
___
14-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 3423
CH 3482
CH elective3
Humanities23
Social and behavioral sciences23
Elective3
___
17
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
CH 4013
CH 2133
CH 3413
CH elective3
Literature or humanities23
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CH 4244
Chemistry electives6
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Elective3
___
16
 
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. 87.

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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