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Chemistry Minor

College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 137 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-7444 or 1-800-777-2431; fax: 612-626-7541)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
While modern research in chemistry is very interdisciplinary, graduate work in the Department of Chemistry falls broadly into the focus areas of analytical chemistry, chemical biology, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, experimental physical chemistry, and computational chemistry.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Any 8xxx-level CHEM course taken on the A-F grading basis will satisfy the requirements for the minor. The following 5xxx-level courses will be accepted. Consult with the chemistry director of graduate studies for further options.
CHEM 5210 - Materials Characterization (4.0 cr)
CHEM 5755 - X-Ray Crystallography (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Six credits from CHEM courses at the 5xxx- or 8xxx-level are required.
Twelve credits from CHEM courses at the 5xxx- or 8xxx-level are required.
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CHEM 5210 - Materials Characterization
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Modern tools/techniques for both bulk- and thin-film characterization. Topics may include ion-solid interactions, Rutherford back scattering, secondary ion mass spectrometry, solid-state NMR, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, small-angle x-ray/neutron scattering, transmission/scanning electron/probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, porosimetry, adsorption techniques, and ellipsometry. prereq: grad student or instr consent
CHEM 5755 - X-Ray Crystallography
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Essentials of crystallography as applied to modern, single crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Practical training in use of instrumentation in X-ray crystallography facility in Department of Chemistry. Date collection, correction/refinement, structure solutions, generation of publication materials, use of Cambridge Crystallographic Structure Database. prereq: Chem grad student or instr consent