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Undergraduate Minors

Students majoring in chemistry may obtain a minor in many disciplines through minor programs offered by other departments.

For students in chemistry who wish to pursue scientific careers in research, in medicine, or at the interface of biology and chemistry, special minors are available in biochemistry and in biophysics.

Biochemistry Minor for Chemistry Majors

Biophysics Minor for Chemistry Majors

Astrobiology Minor for Chemistry Majors

Chemistry Minor for Non-Chemistry Majors

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Biochemistry Minor for Chemistry Majors

Students should take BIOL-2120, BCBP-4770, and two courses from the following:

BCBP-4710 Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL-4260 Cell Biology
BIOL-4510 Molecular Genetics
BIOL-4620 Molecular Biology
BCBP-4310 Genetic Engineering
BCBP-4210 Biophysical Methods
BCBP-4860 Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
CHEM-4310 Biorganic Mechanisms
BCBP-4780 or CHEM-4780 Protein Folding

Biophysics Minor for Chemistry Majors

Students should take BIOL-2120, BCBP-4770, and two courses from the following:

MATH-4720 Mathematics in Medicine and Biology
BIOL-4270 Human Physiology I
BCBP-4210 Biophysical Methods
BCBP-4810 Biological Spectroscopy
PHYS-2510 Introduction to Quantum Physics

Astrobiology Minor for Chemistry Majors

A minor in Astrobiology requires a minimum of 16 credits of course work that must include ASTR-4510 and ISCI-4500, two semesters of ISCI-4510, and two courses outside of the major field of study selected from the following:

ENVE-2110 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
BIOL-4320 Geomicrobiology
BIOL-4440 Microbial Ecology
BIOL-4620 Molecular Biology
BCBP-4810 Biological Spectroscopy
BCBP-4860 Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
CHEM-4810 Chemistry of the Environment
ERTH-4070 Sedimentology
ERTH-4540 Organic Geochemistry
ASTR-2050 Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics

Chemistry Minor for Non-Chemistry Majors

Students not majoring in chemistry may receive a minor in this discipline by passing 24 credits of courses bearing the CHEM- prefix, 16 of which are at or above the 2000 level and include at least two credits of laboratory. The combination cannot include both CHEM-2150 and CHEM-4530. Independent study, project, or research courses will be acceptable only with special permission.


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