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Chemistry Minor

At the forefront of curiosity-inspired research, innovation and education.

Chemistry Minor

At the forefront of curiosity-inspired research, innovation and education.

A student working in a chemistry lab under the supervision of May Nyman

Chemistry is the central bridge between the physical sciences, the life sciences and the applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. Therefore, it serves as a highly valuable complement to your science or engineering major. The chemistry minor can be fruitfully combined with a major in biology, physics, chemical, nuclear or mechanical engineering, mathematics, public health or agricultural sciences to deepen your science education and broaden your job opportunities in industry and research labs. It will also prepare you for graduate school in the physical sciences or engineering. The Chemistry Minor requires 27 credits of basic and advanced courses. You will learn not only the basic principles of general chemistry, chemistry laboratory but also acquire deep expertise and knowledge through upper-division electives for advanced study to match your particular interests.

In addition to 12-15 credits of elementary chemistry courses, students can select up to a minimum of four upper-division courses of three or more credits in at least two areas of chemistry (organic, physical, analytical, inorganic, or nuclear chemistry) in addition to one laboratory course.

The chemistry minor will prepare students to integrate and apply key components of chemistry, design and execute experiments, analyze data and communicate scientific concepts effectively.

Students interested in exploring the chemistry minor should contact lead chemistry advisor Christine Pastorek (Christine.Pastorek@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-6732; Office: Gilbert Hall 247).

Sample courses

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Computer Programming for Scientists

Organic Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

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