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Chemistry B.S.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
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: 76 to 80
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Chemistry is a body of knowledge that helps explain the physical world and its processes. Chemists study substances--their composition, structures, properties, and reactions. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides classroom and laboratory learning opportunities and research experiences across the discipline designed to meet the needs of students in engineering, liberal arts, and pre-professional programs, as well as those who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in chemistry or related disciplines. Honors requirement: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry honors program helps outstanding chemistry majors develop into competent, independent research workers, encourages student interest in the discipline, and aids in the transition from student to working scientist. Qualified majors may apply after the first semester of their sophomore year. Participants choose a research adviser and complete two semesters 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.
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 BS BMB and BS in chemistry may be declared. This combination satisfies the requirement of a minor or second major in a different subject. The BA in biochemistry major may be declared. 2. Students earning a BS degree meet the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.
Year One (20 cr)
High school algebra and high school chemistry are required for CHEM 1173, CHEM 1174. This schedule presupposes placement into MATH 1296.
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
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)
CHEM 1175 - General Chemistry II for Majors (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1176 - General Chemistry II Lab for Majors (1.0 cr)
Year Two (27 cr)
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2545 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for B.S. Chemistry Majors (2.0 cr)
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4.0 cr)
Take the following course pair or CHEM 2242 maybe substituted.
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2017 - Honors: General Physics I [NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2018 - Honors General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Year Three (16 - 20 cr)
CHEM 3432 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4184 - Undergraduate Seminar I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4641 - Physical Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4642 - Physical Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4643 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4644 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1.0 cr)
Biochemistry
Choose one of the following biochemistry course sets.
CHEM 3322 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 3324 - Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 4351 - Biochemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
Year Four (10 cr)
CHEM 4185 - Undergraduate Seminar II (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4242 - Instrumental Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4243 - Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
CHEM 4435 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 4436 - Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Advanced Writing 31xx
 
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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 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
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 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 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 2545 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for B.S. Chemistry Majors
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Laboratory companion to Chem 2542, for B.S. 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 2532
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First, second, and higher order equations; series methods; Laplace transforms; systems; software; modeling applications; introduction to vectors; matrix algebra, eigenvalues. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1297 or 1597
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 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 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 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 4184 - Undergraduate Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
First course of a two-course senior seminar requirement for B.S. Chemistry and B.S. Biochemistry majors. Students will learn to prepare and present scientific talks. Use of visual aids and computer technology, presentation organization and delivery, and use of scientific literature will be among the skills students will learn. In addition, students will attend and evaluate weekly departmental seminars. prereq: BS Chem or BS Biochem 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 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 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 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 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 4185 - Undergraduate Seminar II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second course of a two-course senior seminar requirement for B.S. Chemistry and B.S. Biochemistry majors. Students will learn to prepare and present scientific talks. Use of visual aids and computer technology, presentation organization and delivery, and use of scientific literature will be among the skills students will learn. In addition, students will attend and evaluate weekly departmental seminars. Students will participate in and present at the annual Departmental Undergraduate Symposium. prereq: 4184
CHEM 4242 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory of instrumental methods of chemical analysis, including electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and separations. prereq: 2222, 4632 or 4634 or 4642
CHEM 4243 - Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lab companion to 4242 involving the use of computerized chemical instrumentation in the analysis of organic and inorganic samples. Students learn the use of modern programming tools as applied to the control of chemical instrumentation and acquisition and analysis of data there from. prereq: 2223, must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 4242
CHEM 4435 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation and study of the properties of selected inorganic compounds. prereq: 3432, must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 4436
CHEM 4436 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Atomic structure and properties of elements based thereon. Chemical bonding. Chemistry of coordination compounds. Mechanisms of selected inorganic reactions. Group theory and spectroscopy applied to inorganic systems. prereq: Chem 2222 or 2242 and 2542