Chemistry Minor Requirements

Department Chairperson:Marilena Hall

Office: Shields Science Center 211

Phone: 508-565-1182

The Chemistry minor provides a strong understanding of fundamental principles and techniques of Chemistry as well as the application of those principles to biological, environmental and industrial processes.

The minor in Chemistry requires the completion of six courses.

Complete the Following Four Required Courses

Code Course Credits

CHM 113

General Chemistry I     1

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The fundamentals of chemistry are covered including: matter and measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium.


CHM 221

Organic Chemistry I

Offered: Spring Semester

The basics of organic chemistry are covered including: structure and bonding of alkanes, alkenes, aromatic hydrocarbons and alkynes; functional groups containing heteroatoms; chromatography; spectroscopy; stereochemistry; methods of studying organic reaction; and an introduction to mechanisms of organic reactions.


CHM 222

Organic Chemistry II

Offered: Fall Semester

The mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry relating to nucleophilic substitution, elimination, additions to carbon-carbon multiple bonds, aromatic substitution, addition and substitution at carbonyls, substitution alpha to carbonyls, rearrangements, and polymerizations. The organic chemistry of natural compounds (e.g. peptides, carbohydrates, etc.) is introduced.


CHM 232

General Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

The course further develops the introductory physical and analytical chemistry initiated in CHM 113, while introducing new topics to complete the coverage of all general chemistry concepts. The topics covered include gases, states of matter, solutions, nuclear chemistry, and an in-depth treatment of kinetics and the equilibria of acid-base, solution, and electrochemical reactions.

CHM 244 - Inorganic Chemistry

Complete Two Electives Courses

Code Course Credits

BCH 343

Biochemistry I

Offered: Fall Semester

Structure and dynamics of amino acids, peptides and proteins. Enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. Function and mechanisms of coenzymes, survey of carbohydrates, lipids, biological membranes and nucleic acids. An introduction to the bioenergetics and mechanisms of metabolism.

Corequisite(s): CHM 222.


CHM 331

Analytical Chemistry

Offered: Spring Semester

This course provides an in-depth study of chemical equilibrium in acid-base, complexation, oxidation-reduction and precipitation reactions, as well as incorporates a survey of analytical instrumentation. Quantitative analysis methods, including titrations, spectroscopy, chromatography, and potentiometry, are discussed and performed with rigorous statistical evaluation of experimental data in a 4-hour weekly laboratory session.


CHM 333

Physical Chemistry I

Offered: Fall Semester

This course provides in-depth exploration of key chemistry topics in thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics include: gas laws, energy transfer, phase equilibrium, chemical potential, properties of solutions, and kinetic theory and mechanism. Specific applications of physical chemistry are given in terms of material science, nanoscience, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and technology.


CHM 334

Physical Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. The Schrödinger equation is solved for a one-dimensional particle-in-a-box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotator, and the hydrogen atom. Approximation methods for many-electron atoms, chemical bonding, group theory, molecular spectroscopy, and lasers are studied as well.


CHM 444

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2018, 2020

This course builds upon the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry learned in CHM 244 and also includes recent advances in the field. Topics include: symmetry, group theory, molecular orbital's, frontier orbital's, ligand field compounds, organimetallic reactions and catalysis, bioinorganic and environmental chemistry.

CHM 244 - Inorganic Chemistry (if CHM 232 was taken to fulfill the required courses above)


1 CHM 113 - General Chemistry I will not count towards the Chemistry minor for Biology and Neuroscience majors.

Instead Biology and Neuroscience majors must complete three electives which can also include courses from the expanded list of electives below:

  • CHM 432 - Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 435 - Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 441 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Fall (WID)
  • CHM 442 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Spring
  • CHM 443 - Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • CHM 444 - Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry