Bachelor of Science

College of Science & Engineering

Admission to the chemistry major 

Completion of lower-division requirements

You must have completed lower division requirements with a minimum technical 3.2 GPA. Students below this technical GPA are admitted on a space-available basis. Deadlines for admission are December 30 and May 25.

General requirements

All required courses for the major including composition must be taken on A-F grading, and must be completed with at least a C- grade. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits is required for a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

Major requirements

2 courses general chemistry1061/1065 and 1062/1066
or Honors 1071H/1075H and 1072H/1076H
2 lectures and one lab course organic chemistry2301, 2302 or 2304, 2311 
or Honors 2331H and 23332H, and lab 2312H in the fall term
1 lecture and lab course analytical chemistry2101, 2111
2 lectures physical chemistry4501, 4502
1 lecture inorganic chemistry4701
1 three-credit advanced chemistry lectureselected from any non-required upper level course in chemistry
3 advanced chemistry labs

Chem 4311 (Advanced Organic Laboratory)
Chem 4111 (Instrumental Analysis)
Chem 4511 (Advanced Physical Laboratory)
Chem 4711 (Advanced Inorganic Laboratory)
Chem 4223 (Polymer Laboratory)
Chem 4423 (Foundations of Chemical Biology Lab)

for the third lab, CSE students can two credits of Directed Studies Research (Chem 4094) or, by petition, advanced labs of two credits or more at the 3XXX level or higher in science or engineering departments (ChEn 4401, ChEn 4402, BioC 4025, Phys 2605, MatS 3851)

12 credits math1271 Calculus I
1272 Calculus II
2263 Multivariable Calculus
8 credits physics1301-1302, Introductory Physics and Laboratories (calculus level)
3-4 credits advanced math or physics electiveSelected from Math 2243 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) or
Phys 2303 (Introductory Physics III) or
Phys 2503 (Modern Physics Principles) or Stat 3021 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics)
6 credits advanced technical electivesSelected from 3XXX- and higher-level courses of three credits or more in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, chemical engineering, materials science, math, physics, public health, and statistics
Composition and writing1011 University Writing and Critical Reading (4 credits)
4 writing intensive requirements

One-year plan

All chemistry majors must have a one-year plan on file in the Advising Office, 135 Smith Hall, prior to fall registration. An adviser will help with development of the plan. This is the only way to receive computer approval and remove the department stamp (DS) hold.

Residency Requirements

A student earning a bachelor's degree must complete 30 credits at the University of Minnesota and 15 credits of the last 30 credits. For chemistry, at least 10 credits of advanced chemistry courses of which at least one advanced lab course must be taken at the University of Minnesota.