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Student in the Chemistry lab at Curry College pursuing a Chemistry minorThe Chemistry minor at Curry College supports and provides an added dimension and background to understanding the concepts involved in the study of the environment and of life itself. Chemistry courses strongly support those majoring in Biology and Biochemistry, as well as those preparing for careers in nursing, medicine, and technology.

Course Requirements and Information

Students will take 12 credits in graded chemistry courses beyond the introductory level, at least six of which must be taken at Curry College. Normally, these would be from the list below:

CHEM 2510/2610 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 2520/2620 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM 2030/2130 Analytical Chemistry with Lab
CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I with Lab

Upon successful completion of the Chemistry Minor students will be:

  • Competent in solving quantitative problems, and employ critical thinking and analytical reasoning to make sure that their answers are reasonable.
  • Able to clearly discuss the major concepts and the fundamental principles of chemistry i.e. thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, atomic structure and bonding, chemical reactivity and synthesis.
  • Skilled in modern instrumental methods (NMR, IR, GS-MS) and techniques used in analytical and organic chemistry to analyze and characterize compounds.
  • Able to maintain a laboratory notebook based on standard practice.
  • Proficient in performing lab techniques, collecting, analyzing and evaluating experimental data.
  • Able to clearly communicate scientific information in both oral and written formats.
  • Skilled in the proper procedures and practices for safe handling and the use of chemicals

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