The chemistry minor is ideal for students who are pursuing a major in another field but also have a strong interest in the field of chemistry. Requirements for a chemistry minor include the following:
- Chemistry courses: 115, 215, 201, and 202
- Two chemistry electives at the 300 level or higher
- Attendance at a total of six or more chemistry colloquia during junior and senior years
While a chemistry minor is open to all students, two types of students frequently seek a chemistry minor:
- Pre-medical students
Pre-medical students [link to pre-medical advisory page] are required to take at least four chemistry courses: 115, 215, 201, and 202. With only two more upper-level chemistry courses, these students can obtain a chemistry minor. There are, however, many pre-medical students who major in a non-science field. These students sometimes feel that earning a chemistry minor will impress medical schools by demonstrating a willingness to take advanced science courses.
- Biology majors
Like pre-medical students, many biology majors [link to biology department]--especially those interested in genetics and molecular biology--take several chemistry courses. With just a few more courses, these biology majors are able to earn a chemistry minor as well.