Undergraduate Program

Majors & Minors

The Chemistry Major

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers two undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BCh): This degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students can pursue either a chemistry or biochemistry concentration within this degree.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with a chemistry major: This degree is designed for students pursuing careers in the health professions and meets all science and math requirements for admission to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science.

Within the chemistry program, students may pursue several specializations or credentials:

All chemistry degrees are excellent preparation for the pre-professional tracks, such as pre-medical, pre-optometry, and pre-dental, offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. More information about pre-professional programs can be found on the Pre-Health Professions website.


Students pursuing either of the ACS-certified Bachelor of Science in Chemistry tracks may apply for admission to the honors program. Learn more about the honors program in chemistry in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.


The Department of Chemistry offers a minor in chemistry. Students earning degrees in biology or chemical engineering, or who are planning on going to a professional school in a health-related field, will be very close to completing the minor after finishing the necessary degree requirements for these programs.

Visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog for information about the minor program, including course requirements.

More Information

Learn more about our undergraduate programs in the UA Undergraduate Catalog, or see our Undergraduate FAQ page.

Find suggested plans of study on the Undergraduate Resources page.

For questions, contact Dr. Kevin Shaughnessy, director of undergraduate studies, at kshaughn@ua.edu or (205) 348-4435.