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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 Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 57 to 65
  • 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 BA 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. BA 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 advisor 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 BS 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. A minor or second major in a different subject is required. The BMB major may be declared with the BA chemistry major. However, this combination does not satisfy the requirement for a minor or a second major in a different subject. The BA biochemistry major may be declared.
First Year (20 cr)
High school algebra and high school chemistry are required for CHEM 1173, 1174. This schedule presupposes placement in MATH 1296 as the first course.
Chemistry I with lab
CHEM 1173 - General Chemistry I for Majors [NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1174 - General Chemistry I Lab for Majors [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Chemistry II with lab
CHEM 1175 - General Chemistry II for Majors (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1176 - General Chemistry II Lab for Majors (1.0 cr)
Math
Calculus I
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Calculus II
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Second Year (22 cr)
Organic Chemistry I with lab
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Organic Chemistry II with lab
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Chem 2242 Analytical Chemistry and the Environment in Poland may be substituted for the following:
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Physics I Course
Take one of the following course pairs (PHYS 2013 or 2017 and 2014, and 2015 or 2018 and 2016 are strongly encouraged):
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2017 - Honors: General Physics I [NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
Physics I Lab
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Physics II Course
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2018 - Honors General Physics II (4.0 cr)
Physics II Lab
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Third Year (8 - 16 cr)
Biochemistry
Choose one of the Biochemistry course sets.
Biochemistry with lab
CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or Biochemistry I and II with lab
CHEM 4351 - Biochemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
Physical Chemistry
Choose one of the Physical Chemistry course sets.
Physical Chemistry with lab
CHEM 4633 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4634 - Physical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
or Physical Chemistry I and II with labs
CHEM 4641 - Physical Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4643 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1.0 cr)
Fourth Year (3 cr)
Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3432 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
CHEM 1173 - General Chemistry I for Majors (NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02278 - CHEM 1173/CHEM 1153/CHEM 1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intended for students pursuing majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Coverage of chemistry principles exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers concepts of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular forces, gases, liquid and solutions, and other selected topics. Fundamental of applied concept will be explored and enriched using a range of mathematical tools. Additional topics introducing majors to the field and profession will be covered. The companion laboratory course, CHEM 1174 should be taken concurrently. prereq: One year high school chemistry, Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least a C- in Math 1005, BS-Chemistry major or BS-Biochemistry major or BA-Chemistry major or BA-Biochemistry major or instructor consent. Credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1151 or 1153 or 1161.
CHEM 1174 - General Chemistry I Lab for Majors (NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02279 - CHEM 1174/CHEM 1154
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intended for students pursuing majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Basic laboratory skills covering fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers concepts of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws, and spectrophotometry. Fundamental and applied concepts will be explored and enriched using a range of mathematical tools. The laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1173 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1173 or 1153
CHEM 1175 - General Chemistry II for Majors
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02280 - CHEM 1175/CHEM 1155/CHEM 1162
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intended for students pursuing majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Coverage of chemistry principles exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers concepts of 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 specific topics. Fundamental and applied concepts will be explored and enriched using a range of mathematical tools. Additional topics introducing majors to the field and profession will be covered. The companion laboratory course, CHEM 1176 should be taken concurrently. prereq: CHEM 1173 or CHEM 1153 and BS-Chemistry major or BS-Biochemical major or BA-Chemistry major of BA-Biochemistry major or by instructor consent
CHEM 1176 - General Chemistry II Lab for Majors
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02281
Prerequisites: previous of concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1175
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intended for students pursuing majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Basic laboratory skills covering fundamental principles of chemistry: elements, compounds and their reactions. Covers titration, intermolecular forces, colligative properties, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and qualitative analysis. Fundamental and applied concept will be explored and enriched using a range of mathematical tools. The laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1175 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: previous of concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1175
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 2541 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156 or 1175 and 1176; 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 or 1175 and 1176; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156 or 1175 and 1176, must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521, CHE 3231, ENGR 2110
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 or 1175 and 1176, 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 or 1175 and 1175, 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 or 1175 and 1175, 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]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156 or 1175 and 1176; concurrent registration in 2222 is required; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
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 or 1175 and 1176; concurrent registration in 2222 is required; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
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 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 2017 - Honors: General Physics I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced coverage of General Physics topics that include Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. Mathematically and conceptually demanding problem solving techniques. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014, should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2014 and PHYS 2017 meets liberal education natural science with lab. prereq: Previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Previous or concurrent registration in Math 1290 or Math 1296 or 1596, or physics major or instructor permission. Credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2013.
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 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 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 2018 - Honors General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced coverage of calculus-based introduction to electricity magnetism and optics. Mathematically and conceptually demanding problem solving techniques. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016 should be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2016; PHYS 2013 or 2017; co-registration in or prior completion of Math 1287 or 1597 or instruction permission. Credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202 or 1204 or 2012 or 2015.
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 or 2018.
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 4351 - Biochemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to structural classes of biologically relevant molecules. Descriptions of monomeric small molecules and their incorporation into macromolecules. Covers amino acids, proteins, fatty acids, lipids, sterols, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, RNA, and DNA structures. prereq: 2222, 2541, 2542, Math 1296, concurrent registration in physical chem recommended - 4363
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]
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-Biochemistry major or BA-Chem major
CHEM 4641 - Physical Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2 yrs chem,(2222 or 2212 or 2242), Math 3280, Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Quantitative treatment of physical principles and theories in chemistry, including topics in thermodynamics and kinetics. prereq: 2 yrs chem,(2222 or 2212 or 2242), Math 3280, Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016
CHEM 4643 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Laboratory program in physical chemistry, accompanying lecture Chem 4641. prereq: 2 yrs chem, (2222 or 2212 or 2242), Math 3280, Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016, 4641 may be taken concurrent
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