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Chemistry B.S.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2011
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 73
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Chemistry is a body of knowledge that helps explain the physical world and its processes. Chemists study substances--their composition, structures, properties, and reactions. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides classroom and laboratory learning opportunities and research experiences across the discipline designed to meet the needs of students in engineering, liberal arts and preprofessional programs as well as those who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in chemistry or related disciplines. Honors Requirement: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry honors program helps outstanding chemistry majors develop into competent, independent research workers, encourages student interest in the discipline, and aids in the transition from student to working scientist. Qualified majors may apply after the first semester of their sophomore year. Participants choose a research adviser and complete two semesters on a jointly developed project. Written reports and an oral presentation of the research are also required.
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
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.S. in chemistry include: * A minor from another area of study. * The B.S. Chemistry major/B.S. BMB major combination satisfies the college degree requirement for a second major or minor. * Students earning a B.S. degree who wish to have their program certified by the American Chemical Society must take advanced courses that include additional hours of laboratory work.
Year One (20 cr)
High school algebra and high school chemistry are required for CHEM 1153, CHEM 1154, and CHEM 1161. This schedule presupposes placement into MATH 1296.
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
Year Two (25 cr)
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2545 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for B.S. Chemistry Majors (2.0 cr)
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2011 {Inactive} [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2012 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Take the following course pair or course.
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 2242 - Analytical Chemistry and the Environment in Poland (4.0 cr)
Year Three (14 cr)
CHEM 3432 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4641 - Physical Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4643 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1.0 cr)
CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
Year Four (11 cr)
CHEM 4184 - Undergraduate Seminar I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4185 - Undergraduate Seminar II (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4242 - Instrumental Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4243 - Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
CHEM 4435 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4436 - Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Advanced Writing 31xx
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