Minor and Cluster Requirements
The Department of Chemistry offers a minor in chemistry as well as six clusters.
Any six courses in chemistry that meet the following guidelines:
- Courses must be four credits or more
- Courses at the 300 level are not included
- CHM 111: Molecules of Power, a new course (Spring 2020) may NOT be used.
"This course is intended for humanities and social science concentrators and should not be used to satisfy any requirement (technical or otherwise) for chemistry majors/minors or for majors and/or minors in other natural sciences."
- Courses at the 400 level may be included with the permission of the instructor.
- BIO 250: Intro to Biochemistry or BIO 252: Principals of Biochemistry may be used as one of the six courses in place of CHM 262: Biological Chemistry.
Prerequisites for advanced courses, such as mathematics and physics prerequisites for courses in physical chemistry, must be taken in addition to the six required chemistry courses.
All of the courses should total at least 24 credit-hours in chemistry.
Two courses with substantial overlap of content should not be included in a program. In addition, no major and minor may overlap by more than two courses; no two minors may overlap by more than two courses. The overlap rule does not apply to core allied field classes that are required for both your major and minor.
For information on how to declare a minor, please see: www.sas.rochester.edu/chm/undergraduate/course-policies.html#declaring
The department offers six clusters, all of which are in the natural sciences and engineering academic division.
Students in this cluster get a comprehensive introduction to chemistry and as well as a broad overview of physics.
Students in this cluster get a comprehensive introduction to chemistry and as well as a general introduction to biology.
This cluster provides students with a comprehensive introduction to chemistry and an overview of the formal approach to reasoning presented in philosophy.
Students in this cluster get a comprehensive introduction to the chemical sciences in both lecture and laboratory settings. Students also complete an additional course in an advanced area of chemistry.
This cluster provides students with a comprehensive introduction to chemistry and a general introduction to geology.
Students in this cluster get a comprehensive introduction to chemistry and a general overview of the social science perspective of the impact of science on humanity.