*Not a baccalaureate degree program
A chemistry minor is a complementary program to other majors in science, engineering and pre-health disciplines. Many of these majors, such as biology, require enough of the chemistry minor courses such that only 10 credits of additional chemistry courses are needed. It is also possible to enter the Chemistry BA degree program from the chemistry minor with few additional program changes.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry) and application.
- Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.
- Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques.
- Are able to design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results.
- Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology.
The Chemistry program features a wide variety of class sizes, types, and delivery methods. Most general chemistry courses consist of 3 hours of lecture per week (class sizes of ca. 360) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition to 1 hour of recitation and 3 hours of laboratory (class sizes of ca. 22 students) supervised by a graduate student teaching assistant. Organic chemistry courses in the second year consist of 3 hours of lecture per week (class sizes of ca. 275) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition to 1 hour of recitation and 3 hours of laboratory (class sizes of ca. 16 students) supervised by a graduate student teaching assistant. In the third and fourth year classes are generally restricted to chemistry majors. Lecture classes have enrollments of 100 to 16 and use a variety of delivery methods. Laboratory courses are low enrollment and are taught by chemistry faculty with graduate student teaching assistants; these are heavily hands-on and with state-of-the-art instrumentation. The department strongly encourages undergraduate research; this is conducted in the individual research groups of tenured or tenure-track faculty.
The Department of Chemistry is housed in the Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) on the North Campus. The department occupies about 112,000 square feet of space, including 32,000 square feet for teaching laboratories and 54,000 square feet of research laboratory space. Also included are support services, such as instrumentation labs, electronic shop, stockrooms, and conference rooms.
The Chemistry Department Instrument Center maintains and operates a number of instruments that facilitate a variety of research. These include multiple mass spectrometers for analysis of ions in gas, solution and solid phases, including accurate mass confirmation. Liquid and gas chromatographs are coupled with mass spectrometry to enhance mixture analysis. Ionization techniques include electron impact, electrospray, chemical ionization, and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization. Other techniques available include FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning spectrophotometry, and differential scanning calorimetry. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers include a Varian Gemini 300, Varian 400, 500, 600 and 750MHZ NMR for structure studies.
The staff of the Department of Chemistry includes 30 tenured or tenure-track full-time faculty (all PhD), 2 full-time lecturers, 84 teaching assistants (all graduate students), and 18 support staff. Faculty members deliver lecture courses and supervise teaching assistants who are responsible for oversight of laboratory courses.
Please visit the Chemistry department website for additional information about our faculty.
A chemistry minor enhances career choices in other fields, but is not the best track to a career in the chemical sciences or graduate studies in chemistry. Students who wish to pursue those options should consider the chemistry BA degree.
Students are advised to meet at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester. Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible in their academic career.
Dr. Jerome Keister
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Scholarships are limited to chemistry or medicinal chemistry majors.