Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry may be appealing to natural science majors, premedical students, or majors in any discipline with some interest in chemistry. The courses required for the minor are the foundation courses for a chemistry major and two advanced courses in chemistry. Principles of Chemistry is an introductory course covering atomic structure, bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular interactions, reaction types, and thermochemistry. Organic Chemistry focuses on the chemistry of carbon compounds. Quantitative Chemistry completes the lecture foundation, emphasizing a quantitative approach to chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. In addition, students will be expected to complete 140 hours of laboratory instruction.

Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry II is also required for the minor. These courses go beyond the material presented in the first four semesters and are required for many advanced electives. Physical Chemistry I focuses on energy flow in chemical reactions and physical processes. There are numerous applications in Physical Chemistry I, including the chemistry of biochemical systems (such as protein kinetics) and industrial applications (such as engine efficiency and electrochemistry). Physical Chemistry II is a course on quantum mechanics relating to how matter is put together and behaves at the atomic level and molecular level.

Chemistry Seminar is a capstone course in which students participate in the seminar program and meet with invited speakers, attend the weekly chemistry seminars, and present a topic of interest to the department. The presentation topic is typically a research project in chemistry or biochemistry but could also be a project relating to chemistry or a literature presentation relating to chemistry.

To successfully complete the minor, students must also meet prerequisite requirements for courses outside of chemistry, completing either Calculus for Decision Making or Calculus II and completing either Introduction to Physics II or Principles of Physics II.

The chemistry minor is not open to biochemistry majors, due to the course overlap.


CHEM 12100Principles of Chemistry4
CHEM 12400Experimental Chemistry I2
CHEM 22100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 22200Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 22500Experimental Chemistry II2
CHEM 23200Quantitative Chemistry3
CHEM 33100Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
or CHEM 33200 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CHEM 48700Chemistry Seminar1
Select one sequence from the following:8
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics
and Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
MATH 10800Calculus for Decision Making4
or MATH 11100 Calculus I
MATH 11200Calculus II4
Total Credits37