Requirements for the Chemistry minor

  • Students who wish to minor in chemistry should have their coursework approved before taking upper-division courses.
  • The minimum GPA for the minor is 2.00.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Lower division courses must be satisfied with course work.  Advanced placement (AP), A-Level, and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will not be accepted toward the minor requirements.
  • Must complete three lower division lecture courses and one lower-division laboratory course (CHEM 6A-B-C and CHEM 7L or CHEM 40A-B-C and 43A).  We will accept a mix of these sequences but note that some of these courses may be prerequistes for other UD minor courses. 
  • All upper-division course work must be completed at UCSD.
  • Complete a minimum of five upper-division courses, including at least one laboratory course. Students may apply two upper-division courses required by their major toward their minor. For example, a biology major may count CHEM 114A and 114B toward both the major in biology and the minor in chemistry. 
  • All upper-division courses used toward the minor must be offered in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Courses such as the BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103 and BIMM 100 will not be counted toward the minor in chemistry.
  • All upper-division course work must be focused in one discipline of chemistry such as physical, inorganic, organic, environmental chemistry or biochemistry.
Some example minors would include:
    • CHEM 152-154-156-157 and 143B (Organic) 
    • CHEM 114A-B-C-D and 108 (Biochemistry)
    • CHEM 114A-B-C, 116, and 108 (Biochemistry)
    • CHEM 120A-B,125, 161 and 123 (Inorganic)
    • CHEM 130-131-132, 105A and 100A (Physical)
    • CHEM 114A-B-C, 118 and 143B (Pharmacological)
    • CHEM 171-172-173-174 and 143B (Environmental)

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