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Chemistry minor

Alisha Balkum, Minor Adviser

Chemistry is intrinsically a part of our society from the fuels we use, the air we breathe, and the water we drink to the complex chemical behaviors of our own bodies. Chemistry is involved in the development of myriad materials such as computer chips, packaging materials, and alternative fuels. Increasing numbers of policy and ethical choices facing the global community involve issues where chemistry plays a pivotal role. This minor provides students with the opportunity to study chemistry in order to build a secondary area of expertise in support of their major or as an additional area of interest.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in biochemistry and chemistry.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
CHMG-141 General and Analytical Chemistry I
CHMG-145 Chemical Principles I Laboratory
CHMG-142 General and Analytical Chemistry II
CHMG-146 Chemical Principles II Laboratory
Required Courses
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry II
CHMO-236 Organic Chemistry II Lab
Choose from the following:*
   CHEM-301    Undergraduate Teaching Experience†
   CHEM-493    Undergraduate Research Experience†
   CHEM-495    Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience†
   CHMO-636    Spec. ID of Organic Compounds
   CHMO-637    Advanced Organic Chemistry
   CHMO-640    Mechanisms of Drug Interactions
   CHMO-710    Literature Explorations in Organic Synthesis
   CHMO-739    Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry
   CHMA-161    Quantitative Analysis
   CHMA-261    Instrumental Analysis
   CHMA-621    Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab
   CHMA-711    Advanced Instrumental Analysis
   CHMA-740    Practical NMR
   CHMB-402    Biochemistry I
   CHMB-460    Infectious Disease: Impact in Society and Culture
   CHMB-493    Biochemistry Research
   CHMB-495    Advanced Biochemistry Research
   CHMB-610    Advanced Protein Biochemistry: Structure and Function
   CHMI-351    Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
   CHMI-464    Structural Inorganic Chemistry
   CHMI-764    Modern Inorganic Chemistry
   CHMP-441    Physical Chemistry I
   CHMP-442    Physical Chemistry II
   CHMP-751    Colloid and Interface Science
   CHMP-752    Molecular Photophysics and Photochemistry
   CHMP-753    Computational Chemistry
   CHPO-706    Polymer Chemistry I
   CHPO-707    Polymer Chemistry II

* A total of nine semester credit hours of electives is required, with at least three credits  at the 400-level or above

† Students may use Undergraduate Teaching Experience (CHEM-301), Biomedical Research (CHEM-493), Biochemistry Research (CHMB-493), and Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience (CHMB-495) to satisfy up to 3 of the 9 credit hours required for the elective courses. The remaining 6 credit hours must come from other courses on the electives list.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

Students have the opportunity to complete a minor in chemistry in order to build a secondary area of expertise in support of their program or other areas of interest.

1011-215, 216 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Laboratory I, II
1011-217, 227 General and Analytical Chemistry III and Laboratory

Required Courses:
1013-231, 232, 233 Organic Chemistry I, II, III
1013-235, 236, 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II, III

Elective Courses: Students choose a minimum of three courses from the list below. These credits must be in courses not required by the student's home program. At least one course must be 400-level or above.

1008-312, 319 Analytical Chemistry: Separations and Laboratory
1008-261, 265 Quantitative Analysis I and Laboratory
1008-262, 266 Quantitative Analysis II Laboratory
1008-311, 318 Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism
1009-504 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids
1009-505 Biochemistry: Experimental Techniques
1014-441, 445 Chemical Thermodynamics and Laboratory
1014-442, 446 Quantum Chemistry and Laboratory
1014-443, 447 Chemical Kinetics and Laboratory
1012-562 Inorganic Chemistry I
1012-563 Inorganic Chemistry II
1012-765 Preparative Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1008-511, 621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory
1029-501 Organic Chemistry of Polymers
1029-502 Polymer Chemistry: Chains and Solutions
1029-503 Polymer Chemistry: Properties of Bulk Materials
1029-505 Synthesis of High Polymers Lab

Other chemistry courses at the 300-level or above may be taken as part of the minor with written permission of the department chair.