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Chemists study atoms and molecules with the goal of understanding the composition, properties and changes that substances undergo. They identify individual components of materials found in nature, and measure how much of them are present. They also recombine atoms and molecules to deduce the rules of combination and to make new substances. Chemistry is central to understanding other branches of science—the biological, earth, medical, and materials sciences, along with aspects of physics and astronomy. Knowledge of chemistry is crucial to understanding the manufacture and uses of many common materials such as metals, plastics, fibers, paper, glasses and ceramics; food products and food supplements, flavors and cosmetics; detergents and household chemicals; and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, paints, dyes and inks. Chemistry is used in medical and criminal investigations, and in studying causes, effects, and cures for pollution. Finally, chemistry is central to authenticating, conserving, restoring, and preserving cultural treasures including rare books and documents, fine art, architectural works, and artifacts of the recent and distant past.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (8 credits):

  • CHM205 College Chemistry I
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II

Electives (10 credits):

A minimum of 10 credits, chosen from courses having CHM206 as a prerequisite, is required for the minor. Since no specific courses are designated, a variety of tracks are possible, and it is important that students seek advisement through their major advisor or minor advisor.