College of Arts & Sciences

Chemistry Minor


Brief description of discipline or subject:  
Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that it undergoes as a result of chemical reactions. It provides a bridge between the fundamentals of physics and other natural sciences. Chemistry is the language used in many other fields, such as environmental and chemical engineering, material science, forensic science, and biochemistry.

Brief description of minor:  
The chemistry minor provides students with additional depth beyond what their major typically requires. For example, a biochemistry major with a chemistry minor will learn more about analytical methodology and inorganic chemistry, something that has become recognized as important in understanding the functions of many proteins. Engineering students will be exposed to additional course work on chemical reactivity, which complements their emphasis on physical chemistry topics and is necessary for understanding man-made materials.

Requirements for minor:  
A minor in chemistry requires 18 hours of chemistry courses at the 2000-level or above in at least three fields of chemistry. For majors that are chemistry intensive, this can require as little as one additional course (check with our undergraduate advisor, Sheri M. Orr).  Courses can be selected from Analytical Chemistry-CHEM 2113, 2122, 4020 (5 hours); Organic Chemistry-CHEM 3053, 3112, 3153, 4320 (3 hours); Inorganic Chemistry-CHEM 3353, 5260 (3 hours); Physical Chemistry-CHEM 3413, 3433, 3533, 3532; Biochemistry (up to 6 hours)- BIOC 3653, 3713, 3723, 3813, 4113, 4224, 4523, 4883; Research-CHEM 4990 (up to 2 hours); and Chemical Professional Series-CHEM 2980 (1 hour). GPA of 2.0.

Contact information for students seeking more information:
Sheri M. Orr, Undergraduate Academic Counselor, 404 NRC 405.744.3729