Strengthen and Diversify your Degree with a Chemistry Minor

A chemistry minor provides thorough coverage of fundamental chemical principles, significant hands-on experience in laboratory settings, and the opportunity to study advanced topics of the student's choosing. For some science majors, including many biology majors, a significant portion of the chemistry minor requirements are already met through the major requirements, making the chemistry minor within easy reach. The minor can be obtained by both non-teaching and teaching majors, and consists of 23 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Below is a representative list of required courses to obtain a chemistry minor. The complete, up-to-date program requirements and course descriptions are always available in the online academic bulletin. Please review these program requirements with an academic advisor.

  • Required Courses I (5-8 hours)
    • Option A (8 hours):
      • CHM 131 - General Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132 - General Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option B (5 hours):
      • CHM 161 - Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
  • Required Courses II (12 hours)
    • CHM 211QR - Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
    • CHM 345 - Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
    • CHM 346 - Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0) 
    • CHM 349 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2(0-6)
  • Electives (3-6 hours) Select from the following:
    • CHM 331 - Inorganic Chemistry 3(2-4)
    • CHM 355 - Biophysical Chemistry 3(3-0)
    • CHM 425 - Introductory Biochemistry 3(3-0)
    • CHM 522 - Intermediate Biochemistry 3(3-0)
    • CHM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3(3-0)
  • Notes
    • You may only count one of CHM 425, 522, or 531 for this minor. Other courses may be substituted only with the permission of a chemistry minor advisor.
  • Required Courses I (5-8 hours)
    • Option A (8 hours):
      • CHM 131 - General Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132 - General Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option B (5 hours):
      • CHM 161 - Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
  • Required Courses II (15 hours)
    • CHM 211QR - Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
    • CHM 345 - Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
    • CHM 346 - Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
    • CHM 349 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2(0-6)
    • CHM 505/PHY 505 - Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)
  • Electives (0-3 hours)
    • Selected in consultation with and approved by a chemistry minor advisor.
  • Notes
    • Five credit hours must be in laboratory courses.

What's Next?

If you are a prospective student, please contact us for more information about our Department and this program and apply to CMU. If you are interested in other undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, click here.

If you are a current student considering majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, please set up a meeting with an academic advisor to plan your coursework, learn more about undergraduate research, and sign your major.