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Chemistry B.A.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2013
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 54 to 58
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Chemistry is the study of matter and the physical changes that matter undergoes. Chemical reactions occur every day and in every aspect of life: respiration, metabolism and growth in living systems, combustion in cars and heating plants, pharmaceutical and polymer production, and the conversion of raw materials to usable products. Chemistry is an important and central subject. Students who are interested in health sciences such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and related fields need to take several semesters of chemistry. Students who like scientific and technical subjects, and who have a solid math and science background from high school, are best prepared to major in chemistry. Students completing the B.A. in chemistry generally plan to use chemistry as a study field that complements other areas such as law, library science, technical writing, public relations, or sales. B.A. students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. The major also provides a strong foundation for students planning to go to professional schools, such as medical or pharmacy school. Honors Requirement: Qualified majors may apply after the first semester of their sophomore year. Participants choose a research adviser and complete two semesters of effort on a jointly developed project. Written reports and an oral presentation of the research are also required.
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.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current students who change from a B.S. degree or change colleges may request to be waived from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
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. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Students who earn a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) will have met the requirements for the B.A. in chemistry and for the chemistry minor. However, neither the BMB major/B.A. chemistry major combination nor the BMB major/chemistry minor combination satisfies the college degree requirement for a second major or minor. The B.S. BMB major/B.S. chemistry major combination does satisfy the college degree requirement.
First Year (20 cr)
High school algebra and high school chemistry are required for CHEM 1153, 1154, and 1161. This schedule presupposes placement in MATH 1296 as the first course.
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)
or CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
Second Year (20-22 cr)
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Take the following course pair or course:
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 2242 - Analytical Chemistry and the Environment in Poland (4.0 cr)
Take one of the following course pairs (PHYS 2013/14 and 2015/16 are strongly encouraged):
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II (5.0 cr)
or 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)
Third Year (8 cr)
CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
CHEM 4633 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4634 - Physical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
or CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1.0 cr)
Fourth Year (3 - 5cr)
CHEM 3432 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
or CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
or CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1297 - Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second part of a standard introduction to calculus. Vectors, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, series, and multivariable functions and partial derivatives. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1290 or 1296 or 1596
CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01781 - Chem 1154/1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced coverage of principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions, intended for students with good high school preparation in mathematics and science. Covers concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, and other selected topics. Mathematically demanding quantitative problems. prereq: High school chem and high school algebra, Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005, SCSE student or exercise science or athletic training or teaching life science or teaching earth and space science, or teaching physical science; credit will not be granted if already received for 1151, 1153 or 2172
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The companion laboratory, CHEM 1154, should be taken concurrently. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets the lab component of NAT SCI, LE CAT 4. prereq: One year high school chem, high school algebra, Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of least C- in Math 1005. Credit will not be granted if already received for 1151 and 1161.
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01808
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating the fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom and molecule, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws and spectrophotometry. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1153. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets liberal education category 4 requirements. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151 or 1161
CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01402 - Chem 1152/1162/2172
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced coverage of principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reaction, intended for students with good high school preparation in mathematics and science. Covers properties of liquids, solids and solutions, chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry of the elements, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Mathematically demanding quantitative problems. prereq: 1151 or 1153 and 1154 or 1161; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152, 1155 or 2172
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, solids and solution, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Solid knowledge of college algebra and General Chemistry I is required. The companion laboratory course CHEM 1156 should be taken concurrently. prereq: 1151 or 1153 or 1161; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152 or 1162
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by laboratory study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers titration, intermolecular forces, colligative properties, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and qualitative analysis. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1155. prereq: 1151 or 1161 or 1154, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 1155; credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1152 or 1162
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure and bonding, stereochemistry, functional group reactions. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Laboratory companion to CHEM 2541. Structure and bonding, stereochemistry, functional group reactions. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521, CHE 3231, ENGR 2110
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2521 or 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Functional group reactions, bioorganic chemistry. prereq: 2521 or 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532
CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Laboratory companion to Chem 2542, for non-chemistry majors. Functional group reactions, bioorganic chemistry. prereq: 2521 or (2541 and 2543), must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 2542; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532, 2545
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, concurrent registration in 2223 is strongly recommended; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theory in analytical techniques; introduces gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrophotometric methods. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, concurrent registration in 2223 is strongly recommended; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Lab companion to 2222 involving the quantitative analysis of organic and inorganic samples using classical and instrumental techniques. Students are instructed in the use of classical and modern computer-controlled instrumentation and techniques, as applied to the acquisition and analysis of experimental data. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; concurrent registration in 2222 is required; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
CHEM 2242 - Analytical Chemistry and the Environment in Poland
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Theory and practice in quantitative analysis, covering statistics, acid-base equilibria, chelometry, spectrometry, and chromatography, including volumetric, spectrophotometric, and separation methods, to be offered in Poland, with field trips to sites of environmental concern. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 2222, 2232
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in mechanics, heat, and sound. prereq: Algebra, trig
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. prereq: 1001 or 2013 or 2017
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014 should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Prerequisite of Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2013 and should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in 2016. Prerequisite of 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2015 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: Previous or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015.
CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Survey of biochemistry, emphasizing enzyme catalysis, cellular energetics, and major metabolic processes. prereq: 2522 or 2532 or 2542
CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Identification and analysis of biological molecules with emphasis on the macro-molecules, polysaccharides, proteins, and nucleic acids (RNA, DNA). prereq: 2522 or 2532 or 2542; previous or concurrent registration in 3322
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4351
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, sterols, nucleic acids, amino acids, and xenobiotics. Common metabolic pathways of glycolysid, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, et. The interrelated nature of these pathways and their cellular regulation will be covered. prereq: 4351
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applications of biochemistry and molecular biology techniques. prereq: 2223, 2522 or 2532 or 2544 or 2545, BS-BMB major, concurrent registration in 4351 is required
CHEM 4633 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Laboratory program in physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, spectroscopy, kinetics and quantum mechanics. prereq: 2yrs of college-level chemistry,(2222 or 2212 or 2242), Math 1297, Phys 2012 or (2015 and 2016) or Phys 1001, BS-BMB major or BA-Chem major, 4634 may be taken concurrent
CHEM 4634 - Physical Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: (Phys 2012 or (Phys 2015 and 2016) or Phys 1002),2 yrs of college-level chemistry, Math 1297, (Chem 2222 or 2212 or 2242), BS-BMB major or BA-Chem major
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Properties of gases, liquids, and solutions; thermodynamics and equilibria; chemical kinetics, principles of quantum chemistry. prereq: (Phys 2012 or (Phys 2015 and 2016) or Phys 1002),2 yrs of college-level chemistry, Math 1297, (Chem 2222 or 2212 or 2242), BS-BMB major or BA-Chem major
CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4641
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Quantitative treatment of physical principles and theories in chemistry, including topics in quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. prereq: 4641
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Laboratory program in physical chemistry, accompanying lecture Chem 4642. prereq: 4643, 4642 may be taken concurrent
CHEM 3432 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course will survey the chemistry of the elements, including periodic trends. Acid base chemistry, electrochemistry, structures of solids, and bioinorganic chemistry will be discussed. prereq: (2222 or 2242)and 2542
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4351
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, sterols, nucleic acids, amino acids, and xenobiotics. Common metabolic pathways of glycolysid, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, et. The interrelated nature of these pathways and their cellular regulation will be covered. prereq: 4351
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applications of biochemistry and molecular biology techniques. prereq: 2223, 2522 or 2532 or 2544 or 2545, BS-BMB major, concurrent registration in 4351 is required
CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4641
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Quantitative treatment of physical principles and theories in chemistry, including topics in quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. prereq: 4641
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Laboratory program in physical chemistry, accompanying lecture Chem 4642. prereq: 4643, 4642 may be taken concurrent