Academic Catalog

Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry may be appealing to natural science majors, premedical and other pre-health profession 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 four credits of 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 I and II focus 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 (Principles of Chemistry Lab, and Experimental Chemistry I and II).

Four credits of advanced course(s) in chemistry are also required for the minor. Chemistry Seminar is a one-credit 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. Considerable choice is available for the remaining three credits. Full semester courses (3 credits) such as Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics and Kinetics or Quantum Mechanics) and Experimental Chemistry III are offered. Half-semester courses (1.5 credits) such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Materials Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Protein X-ray Crystallography, Electrochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Polymers in Food Chemistry are among those recently offered. All of these advanced courses go beyond the material presented in the first four semesters.

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


CHEM 12100Principles of Chemistry3
CHEM 12200Principles of Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 12400Experimental Chemistry I2
CHEM 22100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 22200Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 22500Experimental Chemistry II2
CHEM 23200Quantitative Chemistry3
CHEM 48700Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM xxxxx3 additional credits chosen from CHEM 32400-38199 or CHEM 42100-48199 13
Total Credits21