Students majoring in chemistry embark on a path leading to achievements in medicine, agriculture, health, and technology. You will be mentored, engage in research and collaborate with faculty distinguished in research on diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, materials science, medical devices, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agents. You will gain the hands-on experience on modern analytical instruments and in computational methods needed to substantiate scientific discoveries. You will supplement classroom learning with on-the-job experience in government agencies, corporations and research laboratories.
Hands-on experience through student-faculty research collaboration in analytical, physical, organic, inorganic, biochemistry, materials science, and other interdisciplinary fields.
Faculty members with diverse cultural background and experience
Access to modern analytical, surface and chemical structure characterization and spectroscopic instruments for classroom and research.
Student research colloquium showcases student work and achievement.
Senior-year capstone experience involving student-faculty collaborative research and a senior thesis with oral and written presentations.
Professional development opportunities such as competitive student research awards and presentations at regional and national symposiums and conferences.
Department alums share post-graduate research in department seminars
Active Chemistry Club offers social and professional networking and community outreach.
Select classes are available online.
Program approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
National Science Foundation grants help provide a full range of modern instrumentation to support coursework and research.
International studies work done by faculty members in Nepal, Qatar and India, brings a global perspective to the study of chemistry.
Medical Professional Association (MPA)
American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
University Facts & Statistics
95% of chemistry graduates employed
$106 million in scholarships loans and grants
39 Education Abroad programs offered
1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
25 years of residential math-science-computer camps for youth
Requirements and Details
Chemistry minor electives
The following is a list of possible electives for the minor. Minor advisor approval is required. Details about these courses are available in the University Catalog.
Chem 307 Advanced Forensic Science
Chem 320 Environmental Chemistry
Chem 420 Physical Chemistry 1
Chem 421 Physical Chemistry 2
Chem 422 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
Chem 423 Physical Chemistry Lab 2
Chem 430 Inorganic Chemistry 1
Chem 431 Inorganic Chemistry 2
Chem 440 Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Chem 450 Instrumental Analysis
Chem 452 Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
Chem 453 Organic Mechanisms & Synthesis
Chem 460-469 Selected Topics in Chemistry
Chem 480 Biochemistry 1
Chem 481 Biochemistry 2
Chem 482 Biophysical Chemistry
Mats 411 Introduction to Materials Science & Nanotechnology
Mats 412 Solid-State Materials
Mats 414 Polymeric and Composite Materials
Fuel & Energy Conversion
Quality Control Technician
Research Equipment Design
Sales & Marketing
Testing & Analysis
*Advanced education preferred
Federal Government Agencies
Hospitals and Medical Labs
Private Research Labs
Public Health Departments
Cold Spring Brewery
MN State Institutions
University of Minnesota
Skills and Traits
Attention to detail
Keen sense of observation
Strong math and science background
Strong work ethic
Willing to work long hours