Chemistry Minor

Department of Chemistry

The study of the structure, properties, and reactivity of matter, Chemistry has been titled the “central science” because of its focal position in a fundamental understanding of other scientific branches, such as biology, medicine, pharmacy, physics, environmental studies, and geology.  The minor in Chemistry allows students with interests in these fields to explore the overlap between their disciplines and this “central science.”  The Chemistry minor fosters both breadth in appreciation of the many facets of the chemical sciences and depth of understanding of each subspecialty.  The flexibility afforded by the Chemistry curriculum frees students to tailor the minor to their specific interests, while providing a rigorous academic background for further study.  For instance, an interdisciplinary, Biochemistry oriented minor can be designed with the choices of CHEM 211/212, CHEM 317/318 and CHEM 319, while a General Chemistry minor might include CHEM 211/212, CHEM 317, CHEM 343, and CHEM 383.

Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

Twenty-three to twenty-five (23 – 25) credits as follows: CHEM 111, 112; either the 211-212 or 253-254 sequence; and completion of three courses from CHEM  317, 318, 319, 331, 332, 343, 345, 383, 384, 387 totaling 7 – 9 credits. No more than one of the three 300-level courses may be a laboratory course.

Chemistry Course Offerings

Chemistry course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of CHEM in the course listings.

111, 112 – General Chemistry I, II (4, 4)

Introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry and the more important elements and their compounds. Laboratory. The entry-level course for additional work in chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Credit for only one sequence (Chemistry 105–106, 105–107, or 111–112) can count toward degree requirements. Only in sequence.

211, 212 – Organic Chemistry I, II (4, 4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112. The comprehensive study of the structure and reactivity of carbon compounds. Laboratory. Only in sequence.

253 – Chemical Analysis I (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Introduction to principles of chemical analysis, statistical treatment of measurements, volumetric and gravimetric analyses, and electrochemical analysis. Laboratory.

254 – Chemical Analysis II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Introduction to sampling in chemical analysis as well as instrumental methods. Laboratory.

317, 318 – Biochemistry I, II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 212. The application of chemical principles to the study and understanding of the living state. Only in sequence.

319, 320 – Biochemistry Laboratory I, II (1, 1)

Corequisites: CHEM 317 and 318. CHEM 253 and 254 are highly recommended. Selected research techniques involving the chemical composition and properties of cells, tissues, and organisms.

331 – Environmental Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to chemical processes that regulate the composition of air, water, and soil. Attention will be paid to understanding chemical equilibrium and kinetics of natural systems and how they are influenced by human actions.

332 – Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: CHEM 331. Laboratory experiments and field sampling methods that determine the chemical composition of environmental samples. Offered in alternate years.

343 – Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Modern theories of atomic structure and chemical bonding and their applications to molecular and metallic structures and coordination chemistry.

345 – Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: CHEM 343. Prerequisite: CHEM 253, 254. Selected experiments in the principles of inorganic chemistry, including preparation and characterization of selected inorganic compounds.

383, 384 – Physical Chemistry I, II (3, 3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 112, MATH 122, and PHYS 105 and 106 or 101 and 102. Thermodynamic, kinetic, quantum mechanical and spectroscopic properties of chemical systems. Only in sequence.

387, 388 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I,II (2, 2)

Prerequisites: CHEM 253, 254; corequisite: CHEM 383, 384 sequence. Selected experiments involving the investigation of the thermodynamic, electrochemical, kinetic and spectroscopic properties of chemical systems. Only in sequence.