The objective of the chemistry minor is to provide broad introductory course work and laboratory experience to science majors without the more technical mathematical and chemical prerequisites required of the chemistry major.  The chemistry minor is open to all CLAS students and should prove beneficial for science majors, pre-professional health science majors and students seeking science education certification. 

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

To register your minor in chemistry, please visit the CLAS advising office in NC 1130.  After establishing your minor status, you are encouraged to meet with the chemistry minor advisor, Dr. Priscilla Burrow

Requirements for the Minor

  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of chemistry courses.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 upper division level (3000-level and above)  CHEM credit hours.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all minor courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.  All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA.  Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty chosen from the approved below.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommedations 

  1.  All courses applied to the chemistry minor need to be taken within ten years of the graduation date with the exception of General Chemistry I and II Lecture and Laboratory (CHEM 2031/2038 and CHEM 2061/2068). In the event that the student would like to apply for expired credit for Organic I Lecture (CHEM 3481), the student will need to test at the 50th percentile on the ACS Standardized Exam for Organic Chemistry I. 
  2. Only one biochemistry course may count towards the minor. Non-majors wishing to focus in biochemistry should consult the requirements for the Biochemistry Certificate program.

Chemistry Courses for the Minor

  • CHEM 2031, General Chemistry I 

                     OR
     CHEM 2081, Honors General Chemistry I 

  • CHEM 2038, General Chemistry Laboratory I 

                     OR
     CHEM 2088, Honors General Chemistry Laboratory I 

  • CHEM 2061, General Chemistry II 

                     OR
     CHEM 2091, Honors General Chemistry II 

  • CHEM 2068, General Chemistry Laboratory II 

                     OR
     CHEM 2098, Honors General Chemistry Laboratory II 

  • CHEM 3411, Organic Chemistry I 

                     OR
     CHEM 3481, Honors Organic Chemistry I 

  • CHEM 3421, Organic Chemistry II 

                     OR
     CHEM 3491,  Honors Organic Chemistry II 

  • CHEM 3018 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2 hours) 
  • CHEM 3118 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2 hours)

  • CHEM 3418 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 hour)

  • CHEM 3488 - Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 hours)

  • CHEM 4828 - Biochemistry Lab (2 hours)

  • CHEM 3011 - Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 3111 - Analytical Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 3810 - Biochemistry (4 hours)

  • CHEM 4810 - General Biochemistry I (3 hours)

  • CHEM 5810 - Graduate Biochemistry I (4 hours)

  • CHEM 4010 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4110 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4121 - Instrumental Analysis (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4221 - Practical Applications of Spectroscopy (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4421 - Cannabis Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4510 - Computational Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4511 - Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4521 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum and Spectroscopy (3 hours)

  • CHEM 4700- Environmental Chemistry

  • CHEM 4840 - Independent Study: Chem (with prior permission from the Chemistry minor advisor)

  • CHEM 4880 - Directed Research (with prior permission from the Chemistry minor advisor)

  • CHEM 5010 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)

  • CHEM 5110- Advanced Analytical Chemistry

  • CHEM 5221- Practical Applications of Spectroscopy

  • CHEM 5310 - Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 hours