2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 21, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Chemistry Minor

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Chemistry Overview

Undergraduate Program

Chemistry is a central science that is important to the intellectual and technological advances in society and many of the sciences.  The boundaries between chemistry and other science fields are continually blurring and thus chemistry remains an important part of a liberal arts education.


The Chemistry Department offers an undergraduate program with the following goals in mind:

  • to provide a variety of course offerings that are consistent with the accreditation requirements of the American Chemical Society (ACS);
  • to offer a program that will prepare students for graduate work in chemistry and related fields;
  • to provide a strong scientific background for students planning careers in health-related professions;
  • to provide students not majoring in science an overview of the impact of science on society


The department offers two tracks leading to a B.A. in chemistry. The requirements for the two tracks are designed to allow students to choose their course work depending upon their ultimate career goals.  The Standard Track offers a flexible yet comprehensive chemistry major that is appropriate for those students with an interest in chemistry, but who plan to go into a field in which chemistry is not the major focus such as the health professions (medical, dental or veterinary school), high school teaching, technical sales, etc.  The ACS-certified track meets the entrance requirements for graduate study in chemistry and is recommended for those students with a strong interest in chemistry and a desire for a profession in the chemical sciences.  Students are encouraged to consult early with a faculty member in the department to determine the appropriate course plan based on career or post-graduate goals.


For more information, please visit the Chemistry Department’s website.

Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor in chemistry are:

CHEM 131 - Organic Chemistry Principles  

plus three advanced courses in Chemistry above the 131 level.  CHEM 131 and one of the three electives may be used to satisfy requirements for another major, minor, or concentration. Directed Study, CHEM 299, may only be counted once toward satisfying the requirements of the minor.

Chemistry Faculty


Sergio Granados-Focil, Ph.D.
Shuanghong Huo, Ph.D.
Charles Jakobsche, Ph.D.
Ernest Krygier, MA
Noel Lazo, Ph.D.
Arundhati Nag, Ph.D.
Donald Spratt, Ph.D.
Luis Smith, Ph.D.
Mark Turnbull, Ph.D.


Daeg S. Brenner, Ph.D.
Karen L. Erickson, Ph.D.
Frederick Greenaway, Ph.D.
David Thurlow, Ph.D.
Wen-Yang Wen, Ph.D.

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