Minor in Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry offers a minor in Chemistry to all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. Students must complete General Chemistry (Ch110, 3 credits) and General Chemistry Laboratory (Ch111, 1.5 credits) as well as 16 additional credits from a list of approved courses (see below). At least 2 credits must come from a 200+ level Chemistry laboratory course and at least 2 courses must be “advanced” courses, as determined by the Department. No more than 4 credits may be used towards the fulfillment of any specific degree requirements, and no more than 6 credits may be chosen from Ch 391-398 and Ch 491-494.

A maximum of 3 credits may also be used towards the fulfillment of another minor, such as the Bioengineering minor or the Computer Science minor. If any credits are at the 400 level, they may not also be used towards the fulfillment of requirements for a master’s degree in Engineering. An overall GPA, at graduation, of at least 3.0 among the Chemistry courses described above and applied to the minor (minimum of 20.5 credits) is also required.

Program Goals

Students who complete the Minor in Chemistry will 

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of introductory chemistry concepts and analytical laboratory techniques, 
  2. develop intermediate-level training and hands-on capabilities in modern experimental chemistry, 
  3. gain skills and knowledge within one or more of the principal subfields of modern chemistry according to their interests and professional goals, and 
  4. have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research in chemistry.

List of approved courses for the minor in Chemistry

This list will be reviewed on an annual basis and modified as needed. Students and faculty may apply for the inclusion of additional courses either on an ongoing or on a case-by-case basis. In both cases, these courses will be reviewed by the Department of Chemistry as to whether they include sufficient chemistry content to be included. In addition to the courses listed here, all courses with a “Ch” prefix offered by the Chemistry department may be applied towards the Chemistry minor but must be classified by the Chemistry department as to what level is applicable. 

Introductory courses                 
Ch 110    General Chemistry            
Ch 111    General Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory courses             
Ch 233    Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Ch 351    Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

Foundation courses             
Ch 160    Physical Principles of Chemistry
Ch 161    Physical Principles of Chemistry            
Ch 231    Organic Chemistry I            
Ch 250    Analytical Chemistry
ChE 211 Materials Science for Chemical Engineers
EID 222  Biomaterials
ESC 210 Materials Science 

Advanced courses             
Ch 232.1 Principles of Organic Chemistry II 
Ch 232     Organic Chemistry II
Ch 361     Physical Chemistry I 
Ch 362     Physical Chemistry II
Ch 363     Physical Chemistry 
Ch 364     Solid-State Chemistry
Ch 365     Chemical Kinetics
Ch 340     Biochemistry
Ch 370     Inorganic Chemistry
Ch 380     Selected Topics in Chemistry
Ch 391     Research Problem I 
Ch 392-8 Research Problem II-VIII            
Ch 433     Advanced Organic Chemistry    
Ch 440     Biochemistry II 
Ch 451     Nanomaterials
Ch 452     Electrochemistry
Ch 460     Statistical Mechanics and Computational Chemistry
Ch 480     Special Topics in Chemistry
Ch 491-4 Advanced Chemistry Research I-IV

Bio 422   Protein Expression, Purification and Analysis
ChE 332  Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 431  Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics & Molecular Theory
ChE 411  Polymer Technology and Engineering
ChE 474  Drug Formulation and Delivery
ME 415   Introduction to Nanotechnology

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