This concentration meets the requirements of the American Chemical Society for certification and serves as preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, pharmacy school, graduate study in biochemistry or employment as a clinical chemist.

Chemistry: Biochemistry Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration, BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
  • Please see the Pre-Professional Advising Office for information about requirements for admission to specific professional schools.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities or 2nd Fine Art or 2nd Literature: Choose one3
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Sciences12
Mathematics: 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Physics8
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
and
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two6
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional 10
Computer Science: Choose one3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Additional Required Mathematics4
CALCULUS B
Chemistry Core25
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I 5
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 5
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Biochemistry Concentration Requirements20-22
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II 5
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM I
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM II
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
GEN BIOCHEMISTRY II
and GEN BIOCHEMISTRY LAB II
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH
INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH
INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH
Biology Minor Requirements23
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
Choose one3-4
IMMUNOLOGY
EVOLUTION
(Immunology is required for admission to many Pharmacy schools)
For a double major with Biology, count Biochemistry I and lab as Biology and add BYS 490 and 8 hours of Biology credit (BYS 313+ BYS 314 for example).
Elective Courses5-8
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credits of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements
Total Semester Hours128
1

Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)

2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite (MA 112 and/or MA 113) Mathematics courses may be required.

3

No more than 6 hours can be taken in a single discipline. 

4

 For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

5

 Courses in organic chemistry completed at the 2-year college level may be used to satisfy semester hour and prerequisite requirements for upper level chemistry courses at UAH but do not count toward the 300-level requirements of the major.

Sample four year plans for Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration BS degree:
Note: These are only examples and variations are possible.

Example 1: Chemistry major with Biology minor

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
BYS 119PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
BYS 120ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY 4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 HPE 100 level courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
CH 223
CH 224
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
CH 332
CH 336
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
BYS 219GENETICS AND EVOLUTION 4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 3
Fall
CH 361
CH 362
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
and GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
4
CH 347
CH 345
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM I
4
BYS 300CELL DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 4
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 HPE 100 level courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
CH 363
CH 364
GEN BIOCHEMISTRY II
and GEN BIOCHEMISTRY LAB II
4
CH 348
CH 346
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM II
4
BYS 321GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I 4
Social/Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 HPE 100 level courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 18
Year 4
Fall
CH 401INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3
CH 421INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4
BYS 543MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL ( or Social/Behavioral Science) 3
  or BYS 430  or IMMUNOLOGY 
CS 100INTRO COMPUTERS PROGRAM 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
CH 402INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 1
BYS 519GENE STRUCTURE FUNCTION (or Social/Behavioral Science) 3
CH 493INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH 3
  or CH 491  or INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH 
  or CH 492  or INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH 
May be one, two or three credits per agreement of student and department.
  
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
History or Social/Behavioral Science  3
Humanities/Fine Art/Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
 Total Semester Hours: 128

 Example 2: Chemistry major with double major in Biology

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
BYS 119PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
BYS 120ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY 4
Social/Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 18
Year 2
Fall
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
CH 223
CH 224
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
BYS 219GENETICS AND EVOLUTION 4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
CH 332
CH 336
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
BYS 300CELL DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY 4
BYS 321GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I 4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
CH 347
CH 345
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM I
4
BYS 361
CH 362
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
and GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
4
CH 401INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3
Literature  3
History or Social/Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
CH 348
CH 346
BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
and EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEM II
4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
  or CS 100  or INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
BYS 363
CH 364
GEN BIOCHEMISTRY II
and GEN BIOCHEMISTRY LAB II
4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
CH 402INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 1
CH 491INTRO TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH 1
May be one, two or three credits per agreement of student and department.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
BYS 313ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY I 4
CH 421INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4
BYS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE 2
BYS 430IMMUNOLOGY 4
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
BYS 314ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY II 4
Fine Art  3
Social/Behavioral Science  3
Humanities/Fine Art/Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
 Total Semester Hours: 132