Chemistry, Minor

Program Code: CHEM_UMNR

Program Description

The Chemistry minor specifies a series of courses that together provide a broad introduction to the main thrusts of modern chemistry; general, organic, and physical. The Chemistry minor includes substantial laboratory work including general chemistry and either organic or physical chemistry. In addition, several advanced courses chosen by the student from a list of options are required.

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of matter and its transformations. Chemists seek a molecular-level understanding of the ways in which atoms combine to form molecules and bulk materials, how molecular structure and interactions lead to macroscopic material properties, and how chemical transformations can be used to create useful materials and store energy.  Research in chemistry intersects a variety of other fields including biology, physics, environmental science, geology, material science, medicine, and more. Faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Penn State are engaged in cutting-edge projects aimed at probing outstanding questions in biology, creating new materials for medicine or energy storage, using computational methods model and simulate a variety of processes, and more.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are curious about why the materials you encounter in daily life have certain properties and interact in myriad ways.
  • You want to use advanced instrumentation to measure the composition, behaviors, and properties of molecules, atoms, and materials.
  • You want to help create new and better chemicals for personal care, medicine, construction, agriculture, or energy storage.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 26-28

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:4-6
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics
and Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry
Molecular Thermodynamics
and Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry
Select 6 credits from 400-level CHEM not used above (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 494H, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496)6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Mark Maroncelli
Professor of Chemistry
408 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0898
maroncelli@psu.edu

Altoona

Richard Bell
Associate Professor of Chemistry
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5172
rcb155@psu.edu

Berks

Ike Shibley
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Luerssen 101G
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6185
ias1@psu.edu

Erie

Mary Grace I. Galinato
Associate Professor of Chemistry
32 Hammermill
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6004
mig11@psu.edu

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
219 Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-9391
sle30@psu.edu

http://chem.psu.edu/undergrad

Altoona

DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5172
rcb155@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/chemistry/minor/request-information

Berks

DIVISION OF SCIENCE
Luerssen Science Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6185
ias1@psu.edu

Erie

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
1 Prischak
4205 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6105
behrend-science@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-science