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
- CHEM 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." Molecules of Power (CHEM 111) is part of three clusters, one in Humanities, one in Natural Sciences, and one in Social Sciences. All three clusters are entitled “Science and Culture.”
- Courses at the 400 level may be included with the permission of the instructor.
- BIOL250 is no longer an allowed substitute for CHEM262. If a student’s declared program of study for the minor was already approved and includes BIOL250, then that program of study will maintain approval for that individual student. Newly created POS’s cannot include BIO250.
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. Allied field courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major are included in the set of courses subject to this restriction. However, prerequisite courses required for the major and non-departmental ancillary course requirements (such as chemistry for biology majors) are not subject to this restriction. In general, introductory courses in calculus (MATH 141-143; MATH 161 and 162), chemistry (CHEM 131 and 132), physics (PHYS 121-122; PHYS 113 and 114), and statistics (STT 211, 212, 213 and 214) are exempt from the overlap policies. See the UR CCAS Overlap Policies website for more information on the overlap rule.
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.