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Chemistry is the science which is concerned with substances - their properties, composition, and reactions. Recent advances in chemistry have exerted a profound influence on the progress of medicine, agriculture, industry, and commerce.

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The undergraduate courses in chemistry offered at UAA are designed primarily to provide a broad knowledge of the field as a part of the program of liberal education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. They are also designed to provide a substantial foundation in chemistry for students interested in post-graduate studies in chemistry or other sciences, preparation for professional degrees, teaching, or a career in government or industry. Students majoring in chemistry will meet basic course requirements in inorganic, analytical, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

 Biochemistry courses are designed for students who prefer a more biologically oriented approach to chemistry. During the past 25 years biochemistry has become a central scientific discipline linking the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. By applying the concepts and methods of chemistry to the problems of biology, biochemists have made great progress in explaining life in chemical terms.


  • Supplemental Instruction

    Chemistry A104 lab instructor Debora Summers helps students Brandon Gilliam, left, Madi Willets, center, and Leslie Cajimat, right, as they work on a pre-lab exercise using molecular models in the Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building.Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are additional instruction (face to face) on the course material but is taught by a peer and focuses on working through problems that are associated with the material covered in course the syllabus. Learn more about CHEM SI.

  • CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest

    Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) logo from the American Chemical Society.

    For Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), the UAA Chemistry Club volunteered for the CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest, an American Chemical Society outreach program. Learn more about the CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest.

  • ALEKS for Chemistry Placement

    Students studying in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building.

    Starting Fall 2019, students will be able to use the ALEKS for Chemistry course assessment and preparation tool.  Learn more about the ALEKS for Chemistry.



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The Department of Chemistry provides tutoring for students who are taking 0-300 level chemistry courses, free of charge.  For more information, please check out our tutoring schedule.

Chemistry Tutoring Schedule


Academic Advisors Dr. Deborah Duricka and David House
If you have questions about the Chemistry program, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences:
Deborah Duricka, Ph.D.
(907) 786-4710
David House
(907) 786-4378

Department of Chemistry
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, CPSB 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1298

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