Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
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.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
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. A minor from another area of study. 2. The B.S. Chemistry major/B.S. BMB major combination satisfies the college degree requirement for a second major or minor. 3. 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)
Year Two (27 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 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Take the following course pair or course.
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)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Advanced Writing 31xx