Minor inChemistry

Minoring in Chemistry involves the study of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems. What are the effects of chemicals used in the home and workplaces? How are unknown compounds identified? How can you speed up chemical processes in an organism? You’ll sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 21 credit hours toward a chemistry minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Chemistry Curriculum Overview

Sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 21 credit hours toward a chemistry minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Required: 15 to 16 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CHE - 115 General Chemistry I 4
CHE - 116 General Chemistry II 4
CHE - 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE - 230 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHE - 326 Analytical Chemistry I 4

Systematic introduction to the conceptual and symbolic aspects of chemistry. Critical and quantitative thought as applied to the topics of measurement, formula and equation writing, stoichiometry, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding and molecular geometry, gases, phases and phase changes. Brief introduction to Organic Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisites: High School chemistry and one year of algebra or consent of instructor)

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Continuation of General Chemistry 1. Solutions and Colligative Properties, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Qualitative Analysis, Kinetics, Reduction, Oxidation, Nuclear Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE115)

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This course is an introductory study of organic compounds using a functional group approach and stressing basic principles. Topics covered include the covalence of carbon, isomerism, stereoisomerism and the structure, properties, nomenclature and reactions of the common functional groups. The determination of molecular structure is introduced. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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This course considers the chemistry of earth's natural environment: air, water, and soil. Systems will be examined to contrast their natural chemistries with potential environmental pollution effects. Three lectures per week and several field trips are taken to various laboratories. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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Introduction to the wet and instrumental techniques of analytical chemistry. Emphasis on Gravimetric and Volumetric Analysis, Statistical Evaluation of Data and Quality Assurance. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one four-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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Electives: 5 to 6 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CHE - 222 Organic Chemistry II 0
CHE - 230 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHE - 326 Analytical Chemistry I 4
CHE - 328 Biochemistry 0
CHE - 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE - 456 Chemistry Research 0
CHE - 498 Chemistry Internship 2

This course is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics covered include additional functional group chemistry, reaction mechanisms, heterocyclic compounds, proteins, lipids and synthetic macromolecules. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE221)

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This course considers the chemistry of earth's natural environment: air, water, and soil. Systems will be examined to contrast their natural chemistries with potential environmental pollution effects. Three lectures per week and several field trips are taken to various laboratories. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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Introduction to the wet and instrumental techniques of analytical chemistry. Emphasis on Gravimetric and Volumetric Analysis, Statistical Evaluation of Data and Quality Assurance. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one four-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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Molecular determinants of structure and function of biomolecules. Biological processes at the molecular level. Enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, and metabolism. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one laboratory period (180 minutes) per week. (Prerequisite: CHE221)

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Introduction to ligand field theory, group theory, organometallics, and catalysis. This lecture course will provide students with an introductory look at appropriate molecular theories and related descriptive chemistry. (Prerequisites: CHE115, CHE116, CHE321, CHE326, MAT135, MAT255, PHS221, PHS222, or permission of instructor.)

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This course offers students an opportunity to do original research in an area of expertise of one of the chemistry faculty members. When applicable, the research will be followed with presentation of a paper at an undergraduate research conferences and submission of a paper for publication. Two to three hours of laboratory and/or library work per credit per week.

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The internship is designed to provide students with a work/educational experience that may help determine future educational and occupational goals.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Leanne Bakke, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, Science Department Chair

Dr. Bakke has a background in molecular physiology and currently acts as the head of the science department.

Amanda Brosnahan Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Brosnahan’s interests in infectious disease led her to pursue a Ph.D. in the areas of microbiology, immunology and cancer biology.

Benjamin Harrison, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Harrison brings a wide range of academic interests which stem from his fascination with DNA, chromosomes, and the cell cycle.

Taylor Mach, Ph.D. Term Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Mach’s varied experience gives him expertise in physical chemistry, physics, and education.

Carolyn Wanamaker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Wanamaker’s interests include using organic and polymer chemistry to create novel biodegradable plastics.

Mary Ann Yang Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Yang has research experience in the both the industrial and academic sectors of biology. Her areas of interest include neurobiology, tissue engineering, and cell biology.

Career Potential

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemistry Teacher or Professor
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Scientist
  • Healthcare Provider
  • Industrial Researcher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Patent Attorney
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmacist

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