Chemistry and Biochemistry Minor


The central science of chemistry is at the intersection of biology, physics, and mathematics. Thus, an understanding and appreciation of its precepts, practices, and limitations is germane to all sciences and is a vital component of the liberal arts curriculum. The quantitative nature of chemistry necessitates an ability to gain and apply mathematical tools. Students are assumed to be proficient in algebra and are expected to complete a minimum of one mathematics course (MAT-125 or higher).

Chemistry majors may not also complete the Chemistry and Biochemistry minor.

Major Requirements

15-16 credits


One course MAT-125 or higher

3-4 credits

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125 or higher) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.

General Chemistry (8 credits)

CHE-141General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHE-141LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I

1 credit

CHE-142General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHE-142LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II

1 credit

Additional Chemistry Courses (7-8 credits)

Complete at least 7 additional credits, including at least one lecture/lab combination.

CHE-220Introduction to Functional Materials

3 credits

CHE-220LIntroduction to Functional Materials Lab

1 credit

CHE-252Analytical Chemistry I

3 credits

CHE-252LAnalytical Chemistry I Lab

1 credit

CHE-301Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHE-301LOrganic Chemistry I Lab

1 credit

CHE-352Analytical Chemistry II

3 credits

CHE-352LAnalytical Chemistry Lab II

1 credit


3 credits

CHE-412LBiochemistry Laboratory

1 credit


Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

1)  Have broad exposure to the field of chemistry, with a specific educational emphasis on the technologically and industrially significant areas of Analytical and Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis;

2)  Carry out scientific experiments to test a hypothesis as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments;

3)  Apply problem-solving, critical-thinking, and analytical-reasoning skills to scientific problems;

4)  Clearly communicate the results of scientific work in written and electronic formats;

5)  Understand how to act ethically when collecting, analyzing, and presenting experimental data; and

6)  Function as a member of an interdisciplinary, problem-solving team.