Opportunities abound

A degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or environmental chemistry can open some BIG doors. Want to work in agriculture? Biotechnology? Forensic chemistry? Want to make an impact on climate change? These are just a fraction of the industries and opportunities a degree in chemistry can afford you. Sky’s the limit!

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Degree Programs


  • Only undergraduate program in Alaska approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • ACS approval grants national recognition of a high quality program
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Laboratory-based curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • Option to concentrate in biochemistry or environmental chemistry

  • Explore the relationship between chemistry and biology
  • Engage in a broad range of biomedical research 
  • Help shape how we understand the world we live in
  • Pursue high paying careers in medicine, forensic science, biochemical engineering and much more.

  • Explore the relationship between chemistry and our environment (air, water, soils)
  • Understand the hazards and effects chemicals and humans have on the environment
  • Make a difference in climate change
  • Challenging but highly rewarding field


Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Chemistry


Are you the ultimate go-getter?

We offer an action-packed Accelerated B.S./M.S. Chemistry degree program to help propel you into an amazing career as soon as possible!
Whether you want to continue your education and go for your doctorate or jump right into the work force, our accelerated program is designed to help you achieve your goals quickly while still obtaining a quality education.

Don’t underestimate yourself. 


Online Offerings

As online educational opportunities expand and technology improves, we are too. Our department now offers several online lab courses such as:

  • CHEM 100 Chemistry in Complex Systems
  • CHEM 103 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHEM 104 Introduction to Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 325 Organic Chemistry II

We are constantly working to expand our online offerings so that you can gain exceptional knowledge for your degree in chemistry, biology, engineering, and more.  Anytime and anywhere.


Organic Chemistry I

Our Organic Chemistry I course comes with a customized lab kit so you can perform experiments at home and get the most out of your education. Dr. Tom Green instructs this course and has been teaching for decades. He has developed an asynchronous schedule so that you can watch pre recorded lectures anywhere. 

Experiments include:

  • Use of  Molecular Modeling Software  for structure analysis
  • Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy, with processing of real spectra
  • Infrared Spectroscopy interpretation
  • Thin Layer Chromatography
  • Crystallization 
  • Synthesis of Ethers
  • Dehydration of Alcohols
  • Reduction of Camphor, a natural product.



Academic Advising

Your academic advisor is an incredibly useful resource and will help guide you in your course selection, plans for graduation, academic struggles, questions, and goals. When you first start in the program, your advisor will be the wonderful and amazing Amy Wald

After a year or two, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your degree focus. For all you chemistry students, it will be the knowledgeable Dr. Howard. If you are concentrating in Biochemistry or Environmental Chemistry, Dr. Green will be your go to.  Explore the tabs to learn more about your advisors!

Student's hand holding small globe with a grad cap on top of it


  CNSM Undergraduate Advisor
Amy Wald is the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematic's undergraduate advisor. She will help you register for classes and support you through the first several semesters of your undergraduate degree. She is a wonderful resource for registering for classes, degree planning, and understanding academic policies here, at UAF. 

Office: 352 Reichardt/101A Murie
Office Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Phone: 907-474-5548
Email: alwald@alaska.edu

Head shot of undergrad advisor, Amy Wald


  B.S. in Chemistry
Dr. William Howard is the faculty advisor for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. After you have spent a few semesters working with Amy, you will transition over to a faculty advisor so that their guidance can be geared more towards your individual goals and aspirations. 

Office: 190 Reichardt
Phone: 907-474-6019
Fax: 907-474-5640
Email: wahoward@alaska.edu
  B.S. in Biochemistry or Environmental Chemistry
Dr. Tom Green is the academic advisor for undergrads pursuing a chemistry degree with a concentration in either biochemistry or environmental chemistry. He will be an excellent addition to your academic arsenal once you have transitioned from Amy to a faculty advisor.

Office: 174 Reichardt
Phone: 907-474-1559
Fax: 907-474-5640
Email: tkgreen@alaska.edu

Tom Green Headshot