Minor in Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science, and has wide applications throughout society. Many students want to gain a deeper understanding of the molecular processes behind the machinery of life. Others enjoy the kinaesthetic learning, the opportunity to get into the laboratory and see how science is practiced in a practical setting. Some are interested in the theoretical aspects of chemistry, how mathematics and computers can be used to design the newest materials and pharmaceuticals to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world.

Students that choose a Minor in Chemistry will receive a mixture of classroom and practical laboratory instruction in a number of different subdisciplines of their choice. Students may choose courses in Organic, Inorganic/Materials, Physical, Analytical, or Biochemistry, or a mixture of all of the above. This flexibility allows students to personalize their program to their interest and abilities. To receive a Minor in Chemistry, students must take a minimum of eight approved courses, including Chemistry 1201 and Chemistry 1202. No more than three Chemistry / Biochemistry courses may be at the 1XXX level, and at least two must be at the 3XXX or 4XXX level.

Year 1

  • CHEM 1201 - General Chemistry - Structure and Bonding
  • CHEM 1202 - General Chemistry - Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
  • Additional courses in Mathematics and/or Physics (see below*)

Year 2

  • Two Approved Courses in Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Additional courses in Mathematics and/or Physics (see below*)

Year 3

  • Two Approved Courses in Chemistry/Biochemistry

Year 4

  • Two Approved Courses in Chemistry/Biochemistry


* Many of the approved courses require additional prerequisites in Mathematics or Physics. See the Calendar or an Advisor for more information.

All courses with a BCEM or CHEM prefix are approved options for the Minor in Chemistry.