Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses- CHEM 1110/1111 General Chem I lecture/lab. CHEM 1120/1121 General Chem II lecture/lab.

Ask for Assistance

  • Students are assigned an academic advisor to develop a curriculum plan, and you are required to meet with your advisor prior to registration each semester.
  • Obtain guidance from your advisor about undergraduate research opportunities.

Sciences Center Classroom Building, home of COSAM student advising


Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn ( to connect with alumni in your field.
  • Contact them to set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.


Get Involved

  • Seek opportunities to join freshman leadership programs and student organizations related to your individual interests.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest, to attend meetings and enhance your resume.


Course Selection

  • Develop your organic and analytical chemistry knowledge and improve your laboratory skills.
  • Gateway Courses- CHEM 2070/2071 Organic Chem I Lecture/lab. CHEM 2080/2081 Organic Chem II Lecture/lab.

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve performance including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.
  • Visit the COSAM Drop-In Center for free tutoring in Chemistry in Sciences Center Classrooms Building (Suites 226 & 228). For more information please contact the Drop-In Center at 334-844-4642 or

Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Find opportunities for volunteering through the COSAM outreach program.
  • Apply for summer internships and fellowships in scientific areas of interest.


Course Selection

  • Study applications to in depth chemical questions via physical chemistry, biochemistry and chemical literature.
  • Gateway courses: CHEM 3160, BCHE 5180, and BCHE 5181.

Ask for Assistance

  • Schedule a graduation audit with your academic advisor about one year before your intended graduation date.
  • Consult your advisor about career goals. Begin the application process to graduate school or prehealth professions.
  • Ask the University Career Center (UCC) for help in preparing your resume (CV), interviewing skills and statement of intent.

Gain Experience

  • Attend weekly departmental colloquium seminars.

Get Involved

  • Pursue officer positions in your organizations to enhance your leadership skills.
  • Become a tutor, Supplemental Instructor (SI), or Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA).


Course Selection

  • Finish courses in your plan of study.
  • Expand your chemical repertoire by taking chemistry electives.

Ask for Assistance

  • Brush up your resume by visiting the UCC.

Gain Experience

  • Continue to shadow, conduct research, participate in extracurricular activities and community service.

Get Involved

  • Give back to the community. Find out ways to share your experience and knowledge through volunteering.
  • Continue to shadow, conduct research, and participate in extracurricular activities and community service.

General Information

The Bachelor of Arts program in chemistry provides more flexibility in elective hours for students to specialize in areas of their choosing. Students interested in pursuing graduate education will still need to maintain strong performance in an outside of the classroom.

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Holland's Code: IRE

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising


Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • INTP
  • ISTJ

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


  • Achievement
  • Independence
  • Working Conditions


  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Chemistry Majors

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University Career Center Liaison

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Last modified: August 12, 2020