Degree Type
College of Science


When you earn a minor in chemistry, you will learn a variety of laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, chemical synthesis, and measurement of chemical properties and phenomena. You will learn to communicate ideas effectively orally and in writing. You will analyze data, and access and integrate information from various sources in order to solve problems.

You can apply the knowledge and skills you gain from completing the chemistry minor to many career pathways — an understanding of matter on the atomic and molecular level is central to all physical and biological processes. Chemistry graduates have gone on to have careers in the fields of education, engineering, environmental sciences, forensics, geosciences, healthcare, management, pharmaceuticals, toxicology, nutrition and chemistry.


Program Information

The requirements for a minor in chemistry include a minimum of 27 credits of chemistry courses. These credits must include a complete General Chemistry sequence (CH 231/261, 232/262, 233/263 or CH 121, 122, 123).  In addition, a minimum of 4 upper division courses if 3 or more credits in at least two areas of chemistry (organic, analytical, inorganic, or nuclear) and one laboratory class are required. CH 410/501/601, CH 403/503/601, CH 410/510, CH 584, CH 695, and CH 696 cannot be used to fulfill the upper division credits; CH 130 and CH 374 are terminal courses and do not count toward the minor.

Chemistry Minor Curriculm Checklist (PDF)