Why study chemistry?

Because understanding the atomic and molecular nature of matter informs us about ourselves and our universe, and creating and finding applications for new and modified forms of matter helps to conserve and enhance our world.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor allows students outside the department to obtain a strong, distributed background in the discipline. It is particularly useful for students anticipating careers in medicine, health professions, biological sciences, environmental sciences, chemical engineering, business, law, secondary education, or any career in which a basic understanding of the molecular sciences is helpful. A total of 23 credit hours is required, including 13 hours of upper-division work and at least 2 upper-division laboratories. Students should see a chemistry department advisor early in the junior year.

Chemistry Minor Course Requirements (29-32)
Students selecting this minor must complete the following:
Calculus I. Satisfied by one of the following:3-4
Calculus I
Calculus I
Calculus I, Honors
Calculus II. Satisfied by one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II, Honors
General or College Physics I. Satisfied by one of the following:4-5
College Physics I
General Physics I
   and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics I Honors
General or College Physics II. Satisfied by one of the following:4
College Physics II
General Physics II
   and General Physics II Laboratory
General Physics II Honors
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences I. Satisfied by one of the following:5
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences I
General Chemistry I
Foundations of Chemistry I, Honors
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences II. Satisfied by one of the following:5
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences II
General Chemistry II
Foundations of Chemistry II, Honors
Organic Chemistry I. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I, Honors
Organic Chemistry Lab I. Satisfied by:2
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Chemistry Required Elective Group I (5)5
Students selecting this minor must complete one of the following:
Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory. Satisfied by:
Analytical Chemistry
   and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Biological Physical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory. Satisfied by:
Biological Physical Chemistry
   and Biological Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory. Satisfied by:
Physical Chemistry I
   and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
Chemistry Required Elective Group II (3)3
Students selecting this minor must complete one of the following:
Biological Physical Chemistry. Satisfied by:
Biological Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I. Satisfied by:
Physical Chemistry I
Systematic Inorganic Chemistry. Satisfied by:
Systematic Inorganic Chemistry

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 23 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 13 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.