Chemistry is the basis for many fields of engineering, biology, and other sciences. Therefore, it can give you insights in your field at broad and fundamental levels. That can strengthen your abilities to innovate and to see basic connections in your specialization or across disciplines. Almost anyone can benefit from a minor in Chemistry, but there are some fields where a chemistry minor adds particular strengths. For example, biology-chemistry (major-minor) could prepare you for graduate school or a career in biochemistry or molecular biology. Math-chemistry could be an option for people in applied math. Chemical physics is an important field in physics. Engineering-chemistry could open new possibilities for you (note that this major-minor is not equivalent to chemical engineering).
Recently a few colleges have introduced business-chemistry programs. A business major could gain valuable technical experience with a chemistry minor. However, business or humanities majors choosing a chemistry minor would usually have to count on significant amount of extra course work (see below).
If you're an engineering or science major, you may already have several of the courses in the chemistry minor. The minor requirements include the introductory chemistry courses with laboratories, the organic sequence (CHEM 210, 212, 213), and quantitative analysis (CHEM 221). At the 400-level, you can design your program for emphasis in such areas as physical chemistry, organic chemistry, or biochemistry.
A chemistry minor may require you to take a heavier course load or spend extra time completing your education. You should carefully plan your program with the help of a chemistry advisor and your major advisor. Except for physical chemistry, upper division 400-level chemistry courses at Penn State
are given on a rotating basis; each course is taught once every two years. Physical Chemistry (CHEM 450, 452) is taught every year.
- CHEM 110 GN (3)
- CHEM 111 GN (1)
- CHEM 112 GN (3)
- CHEM 113 GN (1)
- CHEM 210 (3)
- CHEM 212 (3)
- CHEM 213 (2)
- CHEM 221 (4)
- Select 6 to 8 additional credits at the 400-level in CHEM excluding CHEM 494 and 496. A minimum of 26 credits is required for the minor.
*This listing is for illustration only. The Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin is the official source for University requirements. Consult it when making up your program.