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Minor in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department offers a minor in Chemistry. It requires four 300-level courses in the department, including Chemistry 313, 331, and 332. The remainder of the student's program is developed in conference with a member of the department and the student’s advisor in the major.

All of the chemistry courses are taught with a required laboratory. The laboratories are equipped with modern instrumentation including electronic balances, high performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatograph, spectrophotometers (ultraviolet, visible, and infrared), computer interfacing for experiments, pH meters, combustion bomb, and refractometers. A computer laboratory is also located within the Chemistry Department.


CHEM 121,122. General Chemistry. (4, 4) Introductory survey of chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding and energy, the physical states, reaction rates, and chemical equilibrium. A systematic survey of the elements. For science majors. Prerequisites: familiarity with basic algebra is expected and high school chemistry or permission of instructor. A grade of C or better in CHEM 121 is a prerequisite for 122.

CHEM 131. Organic and Biological Chemistry for Nonmajors. (4) Introductory survey of organic and biological chemistry for non-science majors. Structures and properties of organic molecules and biochemical systems. This course does not satisfy the prerequisite for any courses requiring CHEM 122. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or permission of instructor.

CHEM 313. Quantitative Analysis. (4) Volumetric and gravimetric analysis, including both theoretical and laboratory applications, introduction to instrumental analysis, and detailed analysis of unknowns. Prerequisites: CHEM 122 and MATH 131 or the equivalent.

CHEM 331, 332. Organic Chemistry. (4, 4) Introduction to organic chemistry. Nomenclature, chemical and physical properties of the functional groups, and relation of reaction mechanism and structure to chemical and physical behavior. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 or equivalent. A grade of C or better in CHEM 331 is a prerequisite for 332.

CHEM 333. Biochemistry. (4) The basic concepts which give rise to the vast diversity of biochemical processes in living organisms. Topics include anabolism and catabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and nucleic acids, generation of energy, and selected topics from physiological and developmental biochemistry. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. May be taken for biology or chemistry credit (see BIOL 333). Prerequisites: CHEM 331 and two semesters of biology. A second semester of organic chemistry is strongly recommended. Offered every other spring.

CHEM 350. Materials Chemistry. (3) A survey course of materials including metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and nanomaterials. Structure-property relationships, synthesis techniques, characterization techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, PHYS 202, MATH 131. MATH 135 strongly recommended.

CHEM 479. Undergraduate Science Mentor. (2 or 3) The goal of this course is to provide the student one-on-one mentoring with a faculty member in chemistry in order to provide the student with individualized guidance in science theory and/or advanced laboratory/field skills. Practical application to peer mentorship is a crucial aspect of this course meant to strengthen science fundamentals and leadership skills essential for careers in the biomedical, physical and laboratory sciences, and field biology, as well as in teaching. Two credits for lecture- or laboratory-only participation, or three credits for lecture and laboratory course participation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.