The Department of Chemistry at the University of South Alabama is an exciting place to study and explore the world of chemistry. The Department offers quality instruction from an outstanding faculty for those interested in finding out "what chemistry is all about" to those interested in pursuing a career in chemistry through a Baccalaureate degree in an American Chemical Society Approved Chemistry Program.
Covering inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biological chemistry, our courses
prepare students for graduate school, industry, and biomedical research. The Department
takes great pride in the close student-faculty relationships that develop during undergraduate
study at the University. In fact, all chemistry students get an opportunity to participate
in undergraduate research with faculty mentors and many are able to present their
research work at national meetings.
Chemistry offers choice and flexibility. Chemistry career opportunities include the following professional areas:
- Instrument Design
- Quality Control
- Teaching & Academia
- Regulatory Work
- Government (EPA, FDA, DOE, NIST, etc.)
Thinking about the future? An undergraduate degree in Chemistry can not only lead
to the wonderful career opportunities listed above, but also graduate school, medical
or pharmacy school, law school, dental school, and more! Did you know that a B.S.
in Chemistry is amongst one of the most marketable science degrees? In fact, graduate
programs in Chemistry are fully funded. Graduate programs in Chemistry pay tuition and a salary. Many of these programs
provide medical benefits and good students often receive additional stipends for books
"Becoming a chemistry major was the best decision I could have made for my future. The chemistry department at the University of South Alabama offers numerous research opportunities, multiple scholarships, and excellent laboratory facilities. Throughout my undergraduate experience, I have attended international research conferences and national ACS conventions to present my research. In addition, I lead the ACS student affiliate organization as the President to promote chemistry enthusiasm among the community and strengthen the bonds (get it?) between chemistry students. I became employed immediately after graduation because I possess extensive lab experience and was well-prepared by the department for challenging responsibilities. I know I will have their support when I apply for graduate school because the faculty is always helpful and wants to see students succeed. Ultimately, a chemistry degree teaches you how to think critically and use what you learn in a professional industry, making you readily employable in many career fields."
- Hijrah El-Sabae Hassouneh