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    Syracuse University
  Sep 20, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Chemistry Minor


Timothy M. Korter, 1-014 Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-4109,


Mark S. Braiman, Carlos A. Castañeda, Joseph Chaiken, Arindam Chakraborty, John D. Chisholm, Robert P. Doyle, John M. Franck, James L. Hougland, Bruce S. Hudson, Tara Kahan, James Kallmerten, Ivan V. Korendovych, Timothy M. Korter, Yan-Yeung Luk, Olga V. Makhlynets, Mathew M. Maye, Karin Ruhlandt, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Nancy I. Totah, Weiwei Zheng, Jon Zubieta

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Develop problem solving skills

2. Perform accurate and precise quantitative measurements

3. Use modern instruments for chemical separation and analysis

4. Interpret experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions

5. Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results

6. Anticipate recognize, and respond properly to hazards of chemical manipulations

7. Design experiments

8. Search and use scholarly chemical literature and databases

9. Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

10. Work effectively in small groups

11. Perform laboratory research

12. Adhere to ethical behavior

13. Learn content of sub-discipline: analytical chemistry

14. Learn content of sub-discipline: inorganic chemistry

15. Learn content of sub-discipline: organic chemistry

16. Learn content of sub-discipline of: physical chemistry

17. Learn content of sub-discipline: biochemistry

18. Develop laboratory skills in synthesis and characterization of chemical compounds

19. Develop laboratory skills in chemical and instrumental methods of analysis

20. Develop laboratory skills in physical chemistry

21. Develop laboratory skills in biochemistry

22. Learn about the impact of chemistry on society

Major in Chemistry

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 , CHE 490 ), research (CHE 450 , BCM 460 ), or experience credits (CHE 470 ).

B. Upper-division

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: