Freshman

Course Selection

  • In CHEM 1110 and 1120 you will learn the general principles and fundamental concepts of chemistry.
  • Gateway Courses- CHEM 1110/1111 General Chem I lecture/lab. CHEM 1120/1121 General Chem II lecture/lab. BIOL 1020/1021 Principles of Biology.

Note: CHEM 1030/1040 can substitute for CHEM 1110/1120

Ask for Assistance

  • Students are assigned a 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

  • Seek opportunities to join freshman leadership programs and student organizations related to your individual interests.
  • Use LinkedIn (linkedin.com/alumni) to connect with alumni in your field.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

 

 

Sophomore

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.

Gain Experience

  • Network with faculty in informal settings and connect with successful professionals in the field of chemistry by joining the Auburn Chemistry Society or the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).
  • Look for undergraduate research opportunities based on your scientific interests. Contact faculty members performing research in a relevant field of interest to discuss various research opportunities.

Get Involved

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

Junior

Course Selection

  • Study applications to in depth chemical questions through more diverse chemistry courses.
  • Gateway courses: BCHE 5180/5181 Biochemistry I. BCHE 5190/5191 Biochemistry II.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss graduate school options and the application process, and/or meet with someone in the Career Center to explore career options.
  • Begin studying for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if you are planning for graduate school.

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).

Senior

Course Selection

  • Finish courses in your plan of study with Inorganic Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis.

Ask for Assistance

  • Have a graduate check by advisors in COSAM (Fall semester).
  • Ask the University Career Center (UCC) for help in preparing your resume (CV), interviewing skills and statement of intent.
  • Identify your reference letter writers early and provide at least two weeks for writing your letters.

Gain Experience

  • Present your research at scientific meetings related to your field of interest.

Get Involved

  • Give back to the community. Find out ways to share your experience and knowledge through volunteering.

General Information

This program prepares students for entrance into graduate education. Students will study general chemical process with an emphasis on chemical processes in biological systems. Competitive candidates will want to take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities to gain experience in and exposure to the field.

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Interests

Holland's Code: IRE

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising

Personality

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

  • INTJ

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

Values

  • Working Conditions
  • Achievement
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Active Listening

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Biochemistry Majors

Meet Your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

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Last modified: August 10, 2020