Minor in Chemistry

MSOE’s minor in chemistry will help students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the field. Having a strong understanding of chemistry may help to broaden a student’s chances of working in a variety of fields, including pharmaceutical, health care, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, environmental science, materials science, polymers, plastics and alternative fuel sources.

General Requirements

To qualify for the minor, students must take 28 credits of eligible courses. This must include a minimum of 17 credits from the below list of approved courses, six credits of which much be from courses not specifically required for the student’s major. At least 50 percent of all credits toward the minor must have been earned in residence at MSOE, including six credits from the list of approved courses. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for courses that are counted towards the minor. No more than four credits of approved courses without the CH-XXX designation will count towards the minor.

Required Courses:

CH-200 Chemistry I or CH200A or CH200B
CH-201 Chemistry II
CH-222 Organic Chemistry I

Approved Courses:

Students must take at least 17 credits from the below courses:

Course Credits
CH-223 Biochemistry 4
CH-302 Chemistry III 3
CH-303 Chemistry III LAB 1
CH-322 Organic Chemistry II 3
CH-323 Organic Chemistry II LAB 2
CH-353 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry 3
CH-354 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry LAB 1
CH-3020 Food Chemistry 3
CH-3650 Materials Science 3
CH-3660 Surface Properties of Materials 3
CH-3670 Polymer Chemistry 3
CH-3680 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CH-3690 Molecular Mechanism of Biological Activity 1
CH-401 Topics in Chemistry 3
SC-310 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3
SC-311 Nanoscience Laboratory 1
EB-2240 Engineering Applications in Biochemistry 3

Some of the above approved courses are offered as part of the regular course offerings, others are only offered if there is sufficient student interest, and many are on a two-year rotating schedule. The Physics and Chemistry Department is committed to offer enough courses for the chemistry minor within every four years, however there is no guarantee of availability of any particular course in any particular quarter.


Dr. Anne-Marie Nickel

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