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Chemistry B.A.

Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 60 to 76
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Coursework in chemistry is increasingly interdisciplinary and spans analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students may also pursue a degree in chemistry with a biochemistry subfield or design an interdisciplinary area of concentration encompassing chemistry and related fields. All majors must study beginning physics and calculus. Beginning chemistry courses satisfy the physical sciences component of the general education requirements. The UMM chemistry program is approved to offer American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Degrees. Students who wish to have their degree certified by the ACS may need to complete additional courses or work beyond the program requirements listed below. A complete description of how to complete the ACS requirements at UMM can be found on the discipline web page: http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chemistry/courses.html Chemistry and biochemistry majors do hands-on work with chemical instrumentation and use computers in both software and hardware applications. The faculty prides itself on working closely with its students on undergraduate research projects, directed studies, and undergraduate teaching assistantships. In addition, chemistry/biochemistry majors are encouraged to complete summer research internships at university and industrial labs or at other research facilities, locally and nationally. Degrees in chemistry/biochemistry, in addition to being an excellent preparation for industrial employment, government service, or secondary teaching, also prepare students for postgraduate work (> 60% of majors pursue postgraduate work). Objectives--the chemistry discipline is designed to: ~ serve students from other disciplines requiring knowledge of chemistry; ~ advance student learning in contemporary chemistry/biochemistry at a level appropriate to undergraduates; ~ advance student competence in research in chemistry/biochemistry; ~ prepare students for postgraduate work in a variety of fields and/or for careers in industrial or clinical settings or for careers in secondary education. ~ prepare students for professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and physician assistant. Learning Outcomes -- The curriculum is designed to ensure that, within the context of chemistry and biochemistry, students are able to: ~ demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of chemistry. ~ solve problems using critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills including the integration of knowledge from other disciplines. ~ identify the objective of an experiment, conduct experiments using appropriate techniques and equipment, interpret the results, discuss the data, and draw conclusions. ~ communicate concepts and results effectively (oral and written), including interpersonal communication. ~ locate and understand literature (especially primary literature) in chemistry and scientific publications. ~ recognize hazards, conduct experiments in a safe, ethical and sustainable manner, and manage chemicals, including chemical wastes. ~ work collaboratively as part of a team.
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
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Courses may not be taken S-N. Up to 8 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced. Students should consult members of the chemistry faculty to plan programs of study appropriate to their interests and postgraduate goals. General Physics (Phys 1101, 1102) is required, but Principles of Physics (Phys 1091, 1092) will be considered for substitution on a case-by-case basis via petition to the Discipline. Students may complete a major in chemistry through one of two tracks--the standard chemistry major or the chemistry major with a biochemistry subfield.
Required Courses
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3501 - Physical Chemistry I [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3901 - Chemistry Seminar I (0.5 cr)
CHEM 4901 - Chemistry Seminar II (0.5 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 2304 - Organic Chemistry II with a Biological Emphasis [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2321 - Introduction to Research I (1.0 cr)
with CHEM 2322 - Introduction to Research II (1.0 cr)
MATH 1101 - Calculus I [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1102 - Calculus II [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Chemistry, Subfield Biochemistry
Biochemistry Required Courses
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 4354 - Biochemistry of Neurological Disorders (4.0 cr)
Biochemistry Electives
For students planning to go to graduate school in biochemistry, it is recommended that they also take BIOL 4111 - Microbiology and BIOL 4312 - Genetics.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
Chemistry, Standard
Standard Chemistry Required Courses
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3511 - Physical Chemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
Standard Chemistry Elective Courses
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
 
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CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, thermochemistry, chemical periodicity, introduction to chemical bonding, and properties of common elements and ions. Development of scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. Laboratory exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: Math 0901 or placement beyond Math 0901 using ACT/placement exam score
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of Chem 1101. Chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Lab exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: 1101
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the structure and reactivity of organic molecules; nomenclature and functional groups; stereochemistry; mechanisms of substitution and elimination pathways; physical organic chemistry; introduction to synthetic strategy; fundamentals of spectroscopic techniques. prereq: 1102
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 2301 or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of lab techniques in organic chemistry; experimental problem-solving. (3 hrs lab) prereq: coreq 2301 or instr consent
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The application of chemical equilibria to chemical analysis with emphasis on the fundamental quantitative aspects of analytical chemistry. Acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and complexometric titrations, introduction to electrochemical and spectrophotometric analyses and separations. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab) prereq: 1102
CHEM 3501 - Physical Chemistry I (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The gas state. Classical thermodynamics. Phase, chemical and heterogeneous equilibria. Chemical kinetics. Kinetic theory of gases. Transport. prereq: 1102, Phys 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
CHEM 3901 - Chemistry Seminar I
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: 2321
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Presentations by faculty, guest speakers, and students on topics of current research interest. Students are required to present one seminar for the Chem 3901-4901 sequence. [Note: required of all chem majors; may not count toward chem minor] prereq: 2321
CHEM 4901 - Chemistry Seminar II
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: 3901
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continuation of Chemistry Seminar I. This is a full-year course. Students must attend year round and present one of the seminars. [Note: required of all chem majors; may not count toward chem minor: full-year course begins fall semester] prereq: 3901
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01741 - Chem 2302/Chem 2304
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of topics from Chem 2301; spectroscopy; chemistry of polyenes, aromatic systems, and amines; enol and enolate chemistry; free-radical chemistry; retrosynthetic analysis; special topics. prereq: C or better in 2301, coreq 2321 or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 2304 - Organic Chemistry II with a Biological Emphasis (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01741 - Chem 2302/Chem 2304
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Continuation of topics from Chem 2301, with an emphasis on compounds and reactions of biological interest. Topics include spectroscopy, structure and reactivity of aromatic compounds, phosphoryl and acyl group transfer, nucleophilic carbonyl addition, reactions involving enolate and enamine intermediates, coenzyme chemistry, electrophilic addition, beta elimination, oxidation and reduction of organic compounds, and reactions involving free radical intermediates. prereq: C or better in 2301, Biol 2111 or instr consent
CHEM 2321 - Introduction to Research I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary approach to experiment design and analysis of data. Synthesis of organic, organometallic, and/or inorganic compounds, with emphasis on purification and characterization using advanced techniques and instrumental methods. Instruction in use of the scientific literature and scientific communication. Begin research project with faculty mentor. (6 hrs lab) prereq: 2311, coreq 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 2322 - Introduction to Research II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continue research with faculty mentor. Experiment design and analysis of data. Instruction in the use of the scientific literature and oral and written scientific communication.(6 hrs lab) Prereq-2321, coreq 2302 or 2304
MATH 1101 - Calculus I (M/SR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Limits and continuity; the concepts, properties, and some techniques of differentiation, antidifferentiation, and definite integration and their connection by the Fundamental Theorem. Partial differentiation. Some applications. Students learn the basics of a computer algebra system. prereq: 1012, 1013 or placement
MATH 1102 - Calculus II (M/SR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Techniques of integration. Further applications involving mathematical modeling and solution of simple differential equations. Taylor's Theorem. Limits of sequences. Use and theory of convergence of power series. Students use a computer algebra system. prereq: 1101
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, work-energy theorem, conservation principles, rotational motion, gravitation, simple harmonic oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, thermal properties of matter, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: Math 1101 or instr consent
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, current, resistance, circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, Faraday's law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, nature of light, reflection, refraction, optical instruments, interference, diffraction. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development (SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 9V3V
Introduction to scientific methods and the history of biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of inheritance, development, and descent with modification. Overview of pre-Darwinian scientific thought; the theory of evolution; a qualitative introduction to genetics and molecular biology; and a summary of developmental biology. (two 75-min lect) prereq: biol major/minor or chem major or any health sciences preprofessional program or ElEd or SeEd major with middle school science specialties or instr consent
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Cell structure and function. Includes topics pertaining to the chemistry, physiology, structure, and reproduction of plant and animal cells. (three 65-min lect and one 120-min lab) prereq: 1101 or 1111, Chem 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V3V
Principles and mechanisms of DNA function, protein synthesis, and gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Genetic engineering and evolution at the molecular level. (two 100-min lect, 180-min lab, additional lab time arranged) prereq: 2111, Chem 2301 or instr consent
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611. prereq: Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or instr consent
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Experiments using the major separation and analytical techniques of biochemistry, including centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, immunochemistry, and spectrophotometry. (one 180-minute lab) prereq: (or coreq) 4211
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Discussion of the theory of enzyme catalysis and catalytic antibodies, experimental determination of catalytic mechanisms for a variety of organic reactions in biological systems, and elucidation of biosynthetic pathways. Involves extensive reading in the primary literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304, Biol 4211
CHEM 4354 - Biochemistry of Neurological Disorders
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3T
Discussion of the biochemical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, addiction, and poisons such as the roles of metal ions and non-covalent interactions in protein folding and function. The course involves extensive reading and discussion of primary literature with a strong focus on data interpretation and experimental design. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211 or instr consent
CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01758 - Chem 3301/ESci 3301
Typically offered: 9E
Same as ESci 3301. The fundamental chemical concepts underlying energy sources. Topics include: energy basics, fossil fuels, "sustainable" energy sources, biomass, solar voltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear energy. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01801 - Chem 3401/ESci 3401
Typically offered: 3O
Same as ESci 3401. Introduction to many traditional topics in polymer chemistry including those with a connection to elements of the environment and environmental science such as the preparation of polymers from renewable feedstocks, polymers in renewable energy, green syntheses of polymers, and environmental impacts of polymers. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Introduction to quantum theory. Atomic and molecular structure. Group Theory. Introduction to statistical mechanics. Chemical dynamics. Topics drawn from the liquid and solid states, advanced kinetics, electrochemistry, and surfaces. prereq: 3501, coreq 3511 or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3E
Principles of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis; extensive lab work using chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods of analysis. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab) prereq: 3101
CHEM 4352 - Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9O
Study of the preparation of biologically active molecules, emphasizing the application of transition metal chemistry to modern synthetic methods. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3T
Quantum theory of molecules. Statistical thermodynamics; Gibbsian ensembles; applications. prereq: or coreq 3502 or instr consent
CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 3O
Interaction of molecules and electromagnetic radiation. Spectroscopic determination of molecular structure. Operation of spectrometers and spectrophotometers. prereq: 2302 or 2304, 3101 or instr consent
CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3E
The periodic table; models of structure and bonding of main group elements and transition metals, nomenclature, symmetry, and bonding theory of coordination compounds. prereq: 3501 or instr consent
CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4701 or #
Typically offered: 9T3T5T
Structure and reactions of coordination compounds, inorganic cages and clusters, lanthanide and actinide series. Nanoparticles, bioinorganic topics, and other trends in the field. prereq: 4701 or instr consent
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry II (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Introduction to quantum theory. Atomic and molecular structure. Group Theory. Introduction to statistical mechanics. Chemical dynamics. Topics drawn from the liquid and solid states, advanced kinetics, electrochemistry, and surfaces. prereq: 3501, coreq 3511 or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 3511 - Physical Chemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 3502
Typically offered: 3V
Lab experiments to illustrate physico-chemical principles and to develop skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation, and in report writing. (3 hrs lab) prereq: coreq 3502
CHEM 3301 - The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01758 - Chem 3301/ESci 3301
Typically offered: 9E
Same as ESci 3301. The fundamental chemical concepts underlying energy sources. Topics include: energy basics, fossil fuels, "sustainable" energy sources, biomass, solar voltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear energy. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 3401 - Polymer Chemistry and the Environment (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01801 - Chem 3401/ESci 3401
Typically offered: 3O
Same as ESci 3401. Introduction to many traditional topics in polymer chemistry including those with a connection to elements of the environment and environmental science such as the preparation of polymers from renewable feedstocks, polymers in renewable energy, green syntheses of polymers, and environmental impacts of polymers. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3E
Principles of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis; extensive lab work using chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods of analysis. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab) prereq: 3101
CHEM 4352 - Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9O
Study of the preparation of biologically active molecules, emphasizing the application of transition metal chemistry to modern synthetic methods. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3T
Quantum theory of molecules. Statistical thermodynamics; Gibbsian ensembles; applications. prereq: or coreq 3502 or instr consent
CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 3O
Interaction of molecules and electromagnetic radiation. Spectroscopic determination of molecular structure. Operation of spectrometers and spectrophotometers. prereq: 2302 or 2304, 3101 or instr consent
CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3E
The periodic table; models of structure and bonding of main group elements and transition metals, nomenclature, symmetry, and bonding theory of coordination compounds. prereq: 3501 or instr consent
CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4701 or #
Typically offered: 9T3T5T
Structure and reactions of coordination compounds, inorganic cages and clusters, lanthanide and actinide series. Nanoparticles, bioinorganic topics, and other trends in the field. prereq: 4701 or instr consent
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611. prereq: Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or instr consent
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Experiments using the major separation and analytical techniques of biochemistry, including centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, immunochemistry, and spectrophotometry. (one 180-minute lab) prereq: (or coreq) 4211