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Chemistry B.A.

Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 60 to 76
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Coursework in chemistry is increasingly interdisciplinary and spans analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students may also pursue a degree in chemistry with a biochemistry subfield or design an interdisciplinary area of concentration encompassing chemistry and related fields. All majors must study beginning physics and calculus. Beginning chemistry courses satisfy the physical sciences component of the general education requirements. The UMM chemistry program is approved to offer American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Degrees. Students who wish to have their degree certified by the ACS may need to complete additional courses or work beyond the program requirements listed below. A complete description of how to complete the ACS requirements at UMM can be found on the discipline web page: http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chemistry/courses.html Chemistry and biochemistry majors do hands-on work with chemical instrumentation and use computers in both software and hardware applications. The faculty prides itself on working closely with its students on undergraduate research projects, directed studies, and undergraduate teaching assistantships. In addition, chemistry/biochemistry majors are encouraged to complete summer research internships at university and industrial labs or at other research facilities, locally and nationally. Degrees in chemistry/biochemistry, in addition to being an excellent preparation for industrial employment, government service, or secondary teaching, also prepare students for postgraduate work (> 60% of majors pursue postgraduate work). Objectives--the chemistry discipline is designed to: ~ serve students from other disciplines requiring knowledge of chemistry; ~ advance student learning in contemporary chemistry/biochemistry at a level appropriate to undergraduates; ~ advance student competence in research in chemistry/biochemistry; ~ prepare students for postgraduate work in a variety of fields and/or for careers in industrial or clinical settings or for careers in secondary education. ~ prepare students for professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and physician assistant. Learning Outcomes -- The curriculum is designed to ensure that, within the context of chemistry and biochemistry, students are able to: ~ demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of chemistry. ~ solve problems using critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills including the integration of knowledge from other disciplines. ~ identify the objective of an experiment, conduct experiments using appropriate techniques and equipment, interpret the results, discuss the data, and draw conclusions. ~ communicate concepts and results effectively (oral and written), including interpersonal communication. ~ locate and understand literature (especially primary literature) in chemistry and scientific publications. ~ recognize hazards, conduct experiments in a safe, ethical and sustainable manner, and manage chemicals, including chemical wastes. ~ work collaboratively as part of a team.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Courses may not be taken S-N. Up to 8 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced. Students should consult members of the chemistry faculty to plan programs of study appropriate to their interests and postgraduate goals. General Physics (Phys 1101, 1102) is required, but Principles of Physics (Phys 1091, 1092) will be considered for substitution on a case-by-case basis via petition to the Discipline. Students may complete a major in chemistry through one of two tracks--the standard chemistry major or the chemistry major with a biochemistry subfield.
Required Courses
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3501 - Physical Chemistry I [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3901 - Chemistry Seminar I (0.5 cr)
CHEM 4901 - Chemistry Seminar II (0.5 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 2304 - Organic Chemistry II with a Biological Emphasis [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2321 - Introduction to Research I (1.0 cr)
with CHEM 2322 - Introduction to Research II (1.0 cr)
MATH 1101 - Calculus I [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1102 - Calculus II [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Chemistry, Subfield Biochemistry
Biochemistry Required Courses
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 4354 - Biochemistry of Neurological Disorders (4.0 cr)
Biochemistry Electives
For students planning to go to graduate school in biochemistry, it is recommended that they also take BIOL 4111 - Microbiology and BIOL 4312 - Genetics.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
Chemistry, Standard
Standard Chemistry Required Courses
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3511 - Physical Chemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
Standard Chemistry Elective Courses
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
 
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