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Chemistry Minor

Chemistry
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 Spring 2022
  • 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
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Chemistry director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
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.
Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.00.
Minor Coursework (6-12 credits)
Masterís students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Chemistry director of graduate studies. Other courses may be selected with director of graduate studies approval.
CHEM 5210 - Materials Characterization (4.0 cr)
CHEM 5755 - X-Ray Crystallography (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8011 - Mechanisms of Chemical Reactions (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8021 - Computational Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8151 - Analytical Separations and Chemical Equilibria (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8152 - Analytical Spectroscopy (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8153 - Extracting Signal From Noise (5.0 cr)
CHEM 8155 - Advanced Electroanalytical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8157 - Bioanalytical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8159 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8180 {Inactive} (2.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8201 - Materials Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8211 - Physical Polymer Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8221 - Synthetic Polymer Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8280 - Special Topics in Materials Chemistry (2.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8321 - Organic Synthesis (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8322 - Advanced Organic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8352 - Physical Organic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8361 - Interpretation of Organic Spectra (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8380 - Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (1.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8411 - Introduction to Chemical Biology (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8412 - Chemical Biology of Enzymes (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8413 - Nucleic Acids (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8480 - Special Topics in Biological Chemistry (2.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8541 - Dynamics (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8551 - Quantum Mechanics I (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8552 - Quantum Mechanics II (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8561 - Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Reaction Dynamics I (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8562 - Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Reaction Dynamics II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8563 - Molecular Simulations (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8564 - Laser Spectroscopy (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8565 - Chemical Reaction Dynamics (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8566 - Spin Dynamics (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8567 - Biophysical Chemistry (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8568 - Chemical Bonding at Surfaces (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8569 - Electronic Structure (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8580 - Special Topics in Physical Chemistry (2.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8700 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CHEM 8715 - Physical Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8725 - Organometallic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8735 - Bioinorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8745 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8780 - Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (2.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8880 - Special Topics in Chemistry (2.0-4.0 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.
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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
CHEM 8011 - Mechanisms of Chemical Reactions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Reaction mechanisms and methods of study. Mechanistic concepts in chemistry. Gas phase reactions to mechanisms, "electron pushing" mechanisms in organic reactions, mechanism of enzymatic reactions. Kinetic schemes and other strategies to investigate mechanisms. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8021 - Computational Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Modern theoretical methods used in study of molecular structure, bonding, reactivity. Concepts/practical applications. Determination of spectra, relationship to experimental techniques. Molecular mechanics. Critical assessment of reliability of methods. prereq: 4502 or equiv
CHEM 8151 - Analytical Separations and Chemical Equilibria
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced treatment of principles of analytical chemistry, chemical equilibria, and dynamics. Chromotographic and other modern analytical scale separation techniques. Emphasizes column dynamics and retention mechanisms. prereq: instr consent
CHEM 8152 - Analytical Spectroscopy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of analytical spectroscopic methods. Design/application of spectroscopic instruments, including signal generation, acquisition, and interpretation. May include nuclear magnetic resonance, electron paramagnetic resonance, infrared and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. prereq: grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8153 - Extracting Signal From Noise
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of analog/digital electronics and computational methods in experiments. Passive circuits, operational amplifiers, filters, oscillators and Laplace transform techniques in analysis, domain conversion for data acquisition/control, statistics, experimental design. Introduction to chemometrics, Fourier analysis, convolution/deconvolution, curve fitting. prereq: [4101 or equiv], differential equations course
CHEM 8155 - Advanced Electroanalytical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Thermodynamics/kinetics of electron/ion transfer, electric double layer, mass transfer by diffusion/migration. Ion-selective potentiometry, chronoamperometry, chronocoulometry, cyclic voltammetry, pulse voltammetry, ion-transfer voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, bioelectroanalysis, rotating disk electrodes, microelectrodes, chemically modified electrodes. Scanning electrochemical microscopy. EC-STM, quartz crystal microbalance.
CHEM 8157 - Bioanalytical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theory and practical aspects of analytical methods used in determination/characterization of biologically important materials. Enzymatic/kinetic methods in study of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.
CHEM 8201 - Materials Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 4201/Chem 8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Crystal systems/unit cells, phase diagrams, defects/interfaces, optical/ dielectric properties, electrical/thermal conductivity, X-ray diffraction, thin film analysis, electronic structure, polarons/phonons, solid state chemistry, liquid/molecular crystals, polymers, magnetic/optical materials, porous materials, ceramics, piezoelectric materials, biomedical materials, catalysts. prereq: [4701, 3502] or instr consent
CHEM 8211 - Physical Polymer Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 8211/ChEn 8211/MatS 8211
Typically offered: Every Spring
Chain conformations. Thermodynamics of polymer solutions, blends, and copolymers. Light, neutron, and X-ray scattering. Dynamics in dilute solution and polymer characterization and in melts and viscoelasticity. Rubber elasticity, networks, gels. Glass transition. crystallization. prereq: Undergrad physical chem course
CHEM 8221 - Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ChEn 8221/MatS 8221/Chem 8221
Typically offered: Every Fall
Condensation, radical, ionic, emulsion, ring-opening, metal-catalyzed polymerizations. Chain conformation, solution thermodynamics, molecular weight characterization, physical properties. prereq: [Undergrad organic chemistry course, undergrad physical chemistry course] or instr consent
CHEM 8280 - Special Topics in Materials Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics (and availability) vary by year depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: Grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8321 - Organic Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Core course; fundamental concepts, reactions, reagents, structural and stereochemical issues, and mechanistic skills necessary for understanding organic chemistry. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8322 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Modern studies. Topics, which vary by year, include natural products, heterocycles, asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry, and polymer chemistry. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8352 - Physical Organic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts, mechanistic tools for analyzing organic reaction mechanisms. Solvation, reactive intermediates, gas phase chemistry, photochemistry, strained-ring chemistry. prereq: 4011 or 8011
CHEM 8361 - Interpretation of Organic Spectra
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practical application of nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, ultraviolet, and infrared spectral analyses to solution of organic structural problems. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8380 - Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics (and availability) vary by year depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8411 - Introduction to Chemical Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Chemistry of amino acids, peptides, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Structure, nomenclature, synthesis, and reactivity. Overview of techniques used to characterize these biomolecules. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8412 - Chemical Biology of Enzymes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 8412/MedC 8412
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Enzyme classification with representative examples from current literature. Strategies used to decipher enzyme mechanisms. Chemical approaches for control of enzyme catalysis. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8413 - Nucleic Acids
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 8413/MedC 8413
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Chemistry and biology of nucleic acids: structure, thermodynamics, reactivity, DNA repair, chemical oligonucleotide synthesis, antisense approaches, ribozymes, overview of techniques used in nucleic acid research, interactions with small molecules and proteins. prereq: 2302 or equiv
CHEM 8480 - Special Topics in Biological Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics (and availability) vary by year, depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: Grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8541 - Dynamics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 5541/8541
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Mathematical methods for physical chemistry. Classical mechanics/dynamics, normal modes of vibration. Special topics such as rotational motion, Langevin equation, Brownian motion, time correlation functions, collision theory, cross sections, energy transfer, molecular forces, potential energy surfaces, classical electrostatics, Shannon entropy. prereq: Undergrad physical chem course
CHEM 8551 - Quantum Mechanics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 5551/8551
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review of classical mechanics. Postulates of quantum mechanics with applications to determination of single particle bound state energies and scattering cross-sections in central field potentials. Density operator formalism with applications to description of two level systems, two particle systems, entanglement, and Bell inequality. prereq: undergrad physical chem course
CHEM 8552 - Quantum Mechanics II
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second Quantization;Density matrices; Molecular Electronic Structure Theory; Hartree-Fock Theory; Electron Correlation; Configuration Interaction; Perturbation Theory; Energy Derivatives; Coupled-Cluster;Density Functional Theory; Relativistic Quantum Chemistry; prereq: 8551
CHEM 8561 - Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Reaction Dynamics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Two-part sequence. Thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics, ensemble theory, partition functions. Applications, including ideal gases/crystals. Theories of simple liquids, Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics simulations. Reaction dynamics from microscopic viewpoint. prereq: undergrad physical chem course
CHEM 8562 - Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Reaction Dynamics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Two-part sequence. Thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics, ensemble theory, partition functions. Applications, including ideal gases/crystals. Theories of simple liquids, Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics simulations. Reaction dynamics from microscopic viewpoint. prereq: 8561
CHEM 8563 - Molecular Simulations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics simulations. Algorithms, simulation set-up/analysis, applications to chemical systems. Hands-on computational project that requires writing of computer code. prereq: grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8564 - Laser Spectroscopy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of light-molecule interactions/manifestation in spectroscopic observables. Time correlation functions, spectroscopic lineshapes, linear/nonlinear material responses, material susceptibilities. Role of lasers in measuring quantities. prereq: grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8565 - Chemical Reaction Dynamics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Fundamentals of chemical reaction dynamics including potential energy surfaces, collision theory, statistical mechanical background and transition state theory, variational transition state theory, activation energy, tunneling, unimolecular reactions, energy transfer, reactions in solution, solvation free energy, potential of mean force, quasithermodynamic treatment, reactions in solution, diffusion control, Kramersí theory, and photochemistry
CHEM 8566 - Spin Dynamics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Chemistry 8566 is a 1/2-semester course on spin dynamics. The course prerequisites are described in the CSE Bulletin. Briefly, they are: one year of college-level chemistry, one year of college-level physics, and one year of college-level calculus. All of the prerequisites should have been completed before enrollment in this course. Students who do not satisfy the course prerequisites, please contact the instructor.
CHEM 8567 - Biophysical Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
CHEM 8567 is a graduate level course which emphasizes how macromolecular and membrane structure and dynamics impact biological function. Topics to be covered include high-resolution structure determination, biomolecular spectroscopy, and microscopy as applied to folding, solvation, and reaction dynamics. The objectives for this course are to become well-versed in the language of biophysics, at a level sufficient to understand and critically evaluate the literature and to understand fundamental concepts related to structure determination and structure-function relationships of biomolecules, and to be able to apply those concepts to a variety of biological systems.
CHEM 8568 - Chemical Bonding at Surfaces
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A brief overview of surface science, chemical reactions at surfaces, and interactions of surfaces with light. Students will also be exposed to physical principles of chemical reactions such as transition-state theory and kinetics in within the framework of surface science.
CHEM 8569 - Electronic Structure
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course covers electronic structure theory applied to atoms and molecules and includes a hands-on computational project that requires writing of computer code. It will cover Hartree-Fock theory, Density Functional Theory, electron correlation theories, relativistic effects, and other related topics.
CHEM 8580 - Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics (and availability) vary depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8715 - Physical Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical methods and concepts applied to inorganic and organometallic systems, including many of the following methods: NMR, IR, UV-VIS, ESR, M[Ų]ssbauer and mass spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, X-ray diffraction. prereq: 4701 or equiv, grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8725 - Organometallic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Synthesis, reactions, structures, and other important properties of main group and transition metal organometallic compounds; treatment in terms of modern electronic and structural theory; emphasis on their use as stoichiometric and homogeneous catalytic reagents in organic and inorganic systems. prereq: 4701 or equiv, grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8735 - Bioinorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of role of metal ions in biology; emphasizes structure, function, and spectroscopy of metalloproteins and their synthetic analogs. prereq: 4701 or equiv, grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8745 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Survey of topics in main group and transition metal chemistry; emphasizes synthesis, structure, physical properties, and chemical reactivity. prereq: 8715, grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8780 - Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics (and availability) vary by year depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: Grad chem major or instr consent
CHEM 8880 - Special Topics in Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics (and availability) vary depending on instructor and development of the field. prereq: Grad chem major or instr consent