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Chemistry Minor

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 126 HCAMS, 1038 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-7212; fax: 218-726-7394)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 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.
The Chemistry graduate minor offers education in chemistry that is well suited for students seeking additional Chemistry education to complement their graduate studies in a different field.
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 toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Courses applied to the minor must be approved by the Chemistry director of graduate studies. Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F, with a minimum grade of B earned for each. The minimum cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor is 3.0.
Minor Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Master's students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits in consultation with the Chemistry director of graduate studies. Other courses can be chosen with approval of the Chemistry director of graduate studies
CHEM 5150 - Organic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5212 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5242 - Instrumental Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5373 - Physical Biochemistry: Statistical Bio-Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5424 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5510 - Polymer Chemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5524 - Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5650 - Computational Chemistry (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5659 - Fluorescence Methods in Life Science (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5714 - Applications of Spectroscopy (4.0 cr)
CHEM 5725 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 5795 - Special Topics in Chemistry: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
CHEM 8224 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8424 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8524 - Advanced Organic Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 8720 - Modern Mass Spectrometry (3.0 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.
Masters
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CHEM 5150 - Organic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Production and chemical composition of natural organic matter (OM), diagenesis and catagenesis of OM; stable isotopic fractionation processes of C, H, O, N, and S in natural systems, fractionation theory, isotopic indicators of climate, oceanographic/limnologic processes, trophic structure, microbial processes. prereq: BIOL 1012 and (CHEM 1152 or 1155 and 1156 or 1162 or 1175 and 1176) and (CHEM 2222 or 2212 or 2242) OR instructor consent
CHEM 5212 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Quantitative, advanced study of chemical processes in the natural environment. This course will cover the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, focusing on the sources, fluxes, cycling, reactions, and transformation of natural and anthropogenic chemicals. pre-req: graduate student, credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 4212.
CHEM 5242 - 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. pre-req: graduate student, credits will not be granted if already received for CHEM 4242
CHEM 5373 - Physical Biochemistry: Statistical Bio-Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is a quantitative treatment of physical principles and theories in physical biochemistry with a focus on applications of statistics bio-thermodynamics to primary literature-based approaches in the field. Developing expertise in the application of theory to real-world problem solving in the field is emphasized. In addition to the lecture and exams, students in this graduate course will prepare and present an original research proposal in the format of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) application. pre-req: CHEM 4632 or 4634 or and CHEM 4351 or 3322 and instructor consent
CHEM 5424 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced topics in inorganic chemistry including the following: Applications of Group Theory to inorganic chemistry such as molecular orbital theory and valence bond theory as well as vibrational analysis, organometallic chemistry including structure and bonding in organometallic compounds, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organometallic compounds, and the application of organometallic compounds as reagents and catalysts in organic synthesis, other advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry, e.g. Bioinorganic Chemistry and Aspects of Material Science. prereq: 4436 or equivalent or Grad student
CHEM 5510 - Polymer Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: CHEM 4510/5510
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course students will study the synthesis, characterization, and chemical structure-related properties of polymers. Good knowledge of Organic Chemistry is required. Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics will be applied. In addition to the lecture and exams, students in this graduate course will prepare an individual research report on a topic selected from recent developments in polymer chemistry. prereq: Chemistry graduate student or instructor consent
CHEM 5524 - Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced topics of Organic Reaction Mechanisms and Aspects of Organic Synthesis prereq: 2542 or equivalent or Grad student
CHEM 5650 - Computational Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Molecular Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, semiempirical and ab initio molecular orbital calculations, density functional theory, and selected additional topics in computation chemistry such as biochemical applications, QSAR, and ligand modeling and docking. prereq: 4642 or equivalent or Grad student
CHEM 5659 - Fluorescence Methods in Life Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theoretical fundamentals, experimental design considerations, and applications of a wide range of fluorescence methods in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, medicine, and related fields. Each fluorescence method is designed to optimally answer specific questions quantitatively at the molecular level. Requires basic knowledge in related fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, and/or biology. prereq: grad student or instructor consent
CHEM 5714 - Applications of Spectroscopy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of spectroscopic techniques to structure elucidation, including NMR, FTIR, MS, UV-Vis, X-ray, EPR spectroscopy. Includes practical component. prereq: 4436 or equivalent or Grad student
CHEM 5725 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intended for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in chemistry and related fields. Augment basic coursework in wet and instrumental analytical chemistry. Topics include statistical and chemometric methods for experimental design and data analysis, electronics and computers in chemical instrumentation, and selected techniques of instrumental analysis such as mass spectrometry, inductively coupled optical emission spectroscopy and analytical gas chromatography. prereq: Grad student or 4242 or equivalent
CHEM 5795 - Special Topics in Chemistry: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics not available in standard curriculum. prereq: graduate student or instructor approval
CHEM 8224 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced treatment of selected methods in analytical chemistry. prereq: Grad student or instructor permission
CHEM 8424 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Discussion of structure, reactions, and bonding in inorganic and organometallic compounds in terms of valence bond, molecular orbital, and ligand field theories. prereq: grad student or instructor permission
CHEM 8524 - Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced treatment of synthetic methods and reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry. prereq: grad student or instructor permission
CHEM 8720 - Modern Mass Spectrometry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Current instrumentation and techniques in mass spectrometry of molecular and atomic species. Discussion to include ionization techniques, mass analysis methods and detection of gas phase ions in the context of structural and elemental analysis. Interfacing of mass spectrometers to chromatographic systems is considered. Gas phase unimolecular and ion-molecule reaction kinetics and energetics are stressed as they relate to the information content observed in the mass spectrum. prereq: Grad student