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Why Minor in Chemistry?

The Chemistry minor at UW Bothell provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the chemical sciences through a combination of coursework and practical laboratory experience. Students gain a working knowledge of the principles of Chemistry and the methodologies needed to solve complex problems and communicate their ideas to the scientific community in general. A minor in Chemistry is beneficial to students majoring in fields such as biology, physics, engineering, environmental science, and mathematics, and those preparing for further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, and forensics. It is also an asset for students considering professional work in laboratory or manufacturing fields where background and experience in chemistry is valuable.

Declaring a Chemistry Minor

UW Bothell students from any major may pursue a minor in Chemistry. There are no prerequisites to fulfill before one may declare the minor. To declare the minor, you must contact your major advisor to request the minor be formally declared. You can email with any questions.

Course Requirements beginning Autumn 2020

  • B CHEM 143 & 144: General Chemistry I & lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 153 & 154: General Chemistry II & lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 163 & 164: General Chemistry III & lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • B CHEM 238: Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • B CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry Lab I (3 credits)

In addition, 18 or more credits consisting of a total of five (5) or more upper division level courses chosen from an approved list that fulfill the following requirements:

  • A minimum of one upper division level (1) lab course.
  • At least one course from a minimum of three of the five areas of chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Chemistry Education, Inorganic, and physical (the three courses must be upper division level).

Course Requirements Spring 2020 and prior

The minor in chemistry requires completion of 18 General Chemistry credits:

  • B CHEM 143 & 144: General Chemistry I & lab
  • B CHEM 153 & 154: General Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 163 & 164: General Chemistry III & lab

In addition, a minimum of 30 credits of 200-, 300-, and 400-level Chemistry courses are required. Students may take any Chemistry (B CHEM) courses offered at UWB, including courses in areas such as biochemistry, analytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. A maximum of 5 credits of independent study (B CHEM 498) and/or undergraduate research (B CHEM 499) may also count towards the Chemistry minor.

Chemistry Course Descriptions

Graduating with a Minor

When applying for graduation, the student's major program advisor will list the minor requirements on the graduation application. Upon graduation, the minor will be indicated on the student's transcript but will not appear on the diploma.