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Chemistry Minor

Learn About Basic & Advanced Chemistry Principles.

Through UMass Boston’s Chemistry Minor program, you’ll take a selection of beginner and advanced courses that expose you to different chemistry-related topics. This program covers fundamental chemical principles while also allowing you to study advanced chemistry topics through elective classes, based on your particular interests.

Courses in this program are designed to prepare students for the challenges chemists face in modern society. The Chemistry Minor is available to UMass Boston students majoring in any other discipline, with the exception of Biochemistry.

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How to Declare/Apply

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form. Please note: Biotechnology majors may not minor in chemistry.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Required Courses (10 Credits)

  • CHEM 115 - Chemical Principles I Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 116 - Chemical Principles II Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 117 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 118 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory 2 Credit(s)


Take three additional lecture courses and three additional laboratory courses. At least two of the lecture courses and at least two of the laboratory courses must be 300-level or higher.


Lecture Courses

  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 311 - Analytical Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 312 - Physical Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 369 - Chemical Structure 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 370 - Inorganic Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 471 - Introduction to Green Chemistry 3 Credit(s)
  • BIOCHM 383 - Biochemistry I 3 Credit(s)
  • BIOCHM 384 - Biochemistry II 3 Credit(s)

Lab Courses

  • CHEM 255 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 256 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 313 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 314 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 351 - Organic Qualitative Analysis 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 361 - Analytical Instrumentation 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 371 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 379 - Chemical Structure Lab 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 481 - Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry I 1-4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 482 - Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry II 1-4 Credit(s)
  • BIOCHM 385 - Biochemistry Lab I 3 Credit(s)
  • BIOCHM 386 - Biochemistry Lab II 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 25 to 31 credits from ten courses, including four required courses and six elective lecture and lab courses.

GPA: Minimum 2.0 in courses for the minor.
Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied to the minor and the course must be below the 300-level.
Residency: At least twelve credits taken for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


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