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The UAB Department of Chemistry provides students with the education and practical experience they need to participate in new scientific frontiers. From our unique peer learning and teaching program to our world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, UAB Chemistry advances the boundaries of chemical scholarship and discoveries. Our programs are approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and provide exceptional scientific preparation for pre-health students who will take professional entrance exams, including medicine (MD), dentistry (DDM), optometry (OD), or pharmacy (PharmD).

Chemistry is the Future

Chemistry connects the basic sciences with all of the applied sciences, including medicine and engineering. The foundations of the world’s economy in the next generation, including advanced materials, fuels, energy, nanomaterials, medicines, sensors, biotechnology, and genomics, will all have chemistry at their core. As a result, a degree in chemistry opens the door to a wide variety of careers, such as medicine, pharmacy, health professions, forensics, and research. Regardless of what you want to do, UAB Chemistry will help you get there.

Career Options

The UAB Department of Chemistry provides our students with the education and practical experience needed to participate in the new scientific frontiers of the 21st century. Our B.S. graduates work in areas such as education, forensics, industrial research, biomedicine, technical writing, scientific journalism/illustration, or intellectual property and patent law. A B.S. chemistry degree from UAB is also an excellent preparation for advanced graduate studies. Many UAB chemistry graduates have gone on to receive M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from prestigious chemistry graduate programs, such as Harvard, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Florida. Whatever your goal, a UAB chemistry degree will expand your horizons.

Why Study Chemistry at UAB?

We have a relevant, current and comprehensive curriculum.

  • Our programs—general chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education, forensic chemistry, and polymer chemistry—are diverse and provide opportunities for all of our students, regardless of their interest.
  • The Chemistry Scholars Program is a peer-led learning and teaching fellowship program for highly qualified chemistry majors that provides unique research and educational opportunities.
  • Our B.S. degree provide excellent preparation for all professional entrance exams, including medicine (MD), dentistry (DDM), optometry (OD), and pharmacy (PharmD).
  • Our undergraduate students have opportunities to engage in world-class research.
  • Our Honors Program allows advanced students to work at a high level with dedicated faculty mentors.
  • Our students have access to a full-time academic advisor to help them stay on track with their degree and career goals.

Want to Know More?

Learn about our programs, our faculty, our facilities, and all the rest we have to offer. Do you have questions? We want you to ask them! The chemistry advisor will be happy to give you answers. You can reach out to Jamie R. Grimes, Chemistry Advisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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