Chemistry B.S.

  • Chemistry students studying

    Chemistry B.S.

    Study the composition, structure, properties, behavior and reactions of compound substances in UAA’s chemistry undergraduate degree program. Chemistry advances knowledge in medicine, agriculture, commerce and industry to solve global issues involving food security, natural resources, the environment and more.

Explore the chemistry bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a biochemistry option is a central scientific discipline that connects chemical, physical and biological sciences. Earn your degree and gain a broad-based, liberal arts education with a biological approach to chemistry.

Chemistry scholarships and financial aid
Qualified chemistry majors can apply for scholarships and awards such as the Ardell French Memorial Endowment and John Russell Gay Memorial Science Scholarship to help pay for college. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Satellite campuses and online classes
UAA offers flexible options for earning your bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Several chemistry courses are available online, as well as at regional satellite sites on the Kodiak College and Mat-Su College campuses.

Student advising in chemistry
UAA’s chemistry degree program requirements and curriculum evolve to reflect developments in the field. Faculty and academic advisors in the chemistry department help you develop a plan and answer questions to keep you on track to earn your bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction
Free peer tutoring through the Learning Commons is available in entry- to 300-level chemistry courses. Plus, Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions provide additional face-to-face time with peers to work through course material.

Honors in chemistry
Apply for departmental honors, which are earned by fulfilling GPA and Honors College requirements and completing an independent research project then writing a journal-style article on your findings.

Chemistry B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Concentration: Biochemistry

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Did you know..

Participate in extensive undergraduate research, which will help you pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or science.

What can you do with a chemistry degree from UAA?

UAA’s Bachelor of Science in chemistry prepares you for graduate school in biochemical, biological, medical and other science-related or professional degree programs. With a chemistry bachelor’s degree, you open up a variety of pathways leading to meaningful careers in education, government or industry.

Chemistry graduate programs
  • M.S. in biological sciences and Ph.D. in biological sciences
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • WWAMI School of Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry
Chemistry major jobs and careers
  • Chemists and materials scientists
  • Forensic science technicians
  • Environmental science and protection specialists
  • Agricultural and food scientists
  • Chemical and environmental engineers
  • Conservation scientists and foresters
  • Geological and petroleum technicians

Chemistry bachelor’s degree program highlights

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a variety of opportunities and resources to learn, apply and practice concepts and methods in chemistry.
  • Receive mentorship in undergraduate research. Program faculty, as well as the Honors College and Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, will support you through each phase of your independent or faculty-led research projects, including conception, grant funding, experimental design, technical lab skills, data analysis and presentation.
  • Gain hands-on experience using modern analytical instruments. Housed in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, the chemistry department offers access to high-tech equipment and facilities for undergraduate research. Researchers studying everything from public health safety issues to climate change can address organic and inorganic toxic and nontoxic substances in soil, water, rock, tissue and plasma.
  • Collaborate with students across a variety of disciplines in the Chemistry Resource Center and SciCom Lab. The facility houses Windows workstations with word processing, spreadsheet, publishing and presentation software, as well as course-specific software.
  • Gain valuable work experience. Internship for credit is a flexible course, offering opportunities to learn from professional chemists at collaborating businesses.
A chemistry student working with a physical molecular diagram

The ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building features the Arctic Science, Engineering and Technology Laboratory, with a VWR Hotplate Stirrer, a MicroLab 522 FASTspec spectrophotometer, SafeAire HORIZON Fume Hoods and a metal-free clean lab used for trace metal analysis.

A chemistry instructor demonstraiting molecular diagrams to a group of students

Get involved on campus by participating in events and outreach with other chemistry majors in Seawolf Chemistry, UAA’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

A chemistry instructor demonstraiting molecular diagrams

Program faculty and students gave lab tours and presentations to current and retired teachers from the Anchorage School District to help prepare high school students for college and foster stronger relationships between UAA and the local school district.

Chemistry bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Receive an introduction to five subdisciplines in chemistry — inorganic, analytical, organic, physical and biochemical — followed by advanced studies in organic and biochemistry. Program electives offer flexible options for you to focus on areas of personal interest to earn a bachelor’s degree that fits your goals.

Throughout your coursework, you have a variety of opportunities to design and conduct experiments that incorporate concepts and methods in research, including fieldwork, laboratory analyses, instrumentation, theoretical development and drawing conclusions

Top classes for chemistry majors

  • Gain extensive, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and understand how to address chemical questions in Chemical Instrumentation and Methods.
  • Investigate the principles of thermodynamics, equilibrium and kinetics through the lens of biochemical systems in Biophysical Chemistry.