Minor in Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry student in the lab

A Minor in Chemistry or Minor in Medicinal Chemistry are complementary programs to other majors in science, engineering and pre-health disciplines. Many of these majors, such as biology, require enough of the chemistry/medicinal chemistry minor courses such that only 10 credits of additional chemistry courses are needed. It is also possible to enter the BA in Chemistry degree program from the chemistry or medicinal chemistry minor with few additional program changes.

Learning Outcomes

Minor in Chemistry

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry) and application.
  • Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques.
  • Are able to design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results.
  • Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology.

Minor in Medicinal Chemistry

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the basic sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results
  • Understand the proper procedures for safe use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures for chemical waste disposal
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research
  • Understand the chemical basis for the rational design, synthesis, and mechanism of action of drugs and selective metabolic inhibition