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Chair: Karin Ruhlandt, 1-014 Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-4109,

Faculty Philip N. Borer, Mark S. Braiman, Joseph Chaiken, Arindam Chakraborty, John D. Chisholm, Daniel Clark, James C. Dabrowiak, Robert P. Doyle, Jerry Goodisman, James Hougland, Bruce S. Hudson, Tara Kahan, James Kallmerten, Ivan V. Korendovych, Timothy M. Korter, Yan-Yeung Luk, Mathew M. Maye, Karin Ruhlandt, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Nancy I. Totah, Jon Zubieta


The minor in chemistry is offered to provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Increasingly, the control of matter at the level of individual molecules is becoming the key ingredient in sweeping technological advances such as genetic engineering, micro and molecular electronics, advanced materials, and nanotechnology. A minor in chemistry offers a strong complement to major areas of study such as biology, physics, geology, psychology, engineering, pre-medicine, and pre-professional degree programs.

General Requirements:

To complete a minor in chemistry, students take 20 credits carrying a CHE or BCM prefix, including courses that meet requirements A and B below. No part of the minor requirements may be met with transfer or AP credits, nor with independent study (CHE 290, 490), research (CHE 450, BCM 460), or experience credits (CHE 470).

A. Lower-division courses must include either of the following groups: CHE 106/109, 107/129, 116/119, 117/139 (8 credits); or CHE 275/276 (5 credits).

B. Upper-division courses must include 12 credits of CHE and BCM courses numbered above 299, including at least one lecture course from among the group CHE 325, CHE 346, CHE 411; and at least one course with an instructional laboratory component. Examples of courses that satisfy the instructional laboratory requirement, and that mesh well with other requirements of the minor, are:

  • CHE 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHE 335 Chemical and Biochemical Analysis with Lab
  • CHE 347 Physical-Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 422 Inorganic Laboratory Techniques
  • CHE/BCM 477 Preparation and Analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids