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Chemistry Minor

If you’re passionate about science—and chemistry in particular—but don’t want to major in it, a minor could be perfect for you. Having a background in chemistry can help you whether you want to pursue graduate school, work in a lab, or find another way to use your science knowledge. Combined with the right major, a chemistry minor can set you up for a successful career. It’s science!

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Program Overview

Dordt’s chemistry minor covers the fundamentals of chemistry. You’ll see and understand how chemistry impacts every facet of our lives. Minoring in chemistry will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to supplement your major, whatever that may be.

So what’s the chemical breakdown of Dordt’s chemistry minor? It’s equal parts small class sizes (for more personal instruction and interaction with professors) and top-of-the-line facilities and resources. Then throw in opportunities to collaborate on research with chemistry faculty while gaining real world experience and you’re looking at a chemical equation that equals success.

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What You'll Learn

As a chemistry minor, you’ll learn the basics of general and organic chemistry. You’ll also focus on other areas of chemistry that you choose to pursue. Throughout your study, you’ll better understand how God has created everything, from the farthest-reaching galaxies down to the smallest atom.

What You Can Do With A Chemistry Minor

When you graduate with a minor in chemistry, you’ll be ready to put your knowledge and skills to work for you. Maybe you’ll study forensic science. Perhaps you’ll pursue chemical engineering. Or maybe you’ll find a way to use chemistry to further your business or entrepreneurial pursuits as a business major. Whatever the case may be, a chemistry minor can open up plenty of doors for you in the future.

Chemistry Professor

A Chemistry Professor uses their knowledge to educate students on the different aspects of chemistry.

Material Handler

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Chemistry Lab Assistant

A Chemistry Lab Assistant performs facilitative tasks to the lead chemist in a lab setting.

To earn a chemistry minor, students will need to complete three chemistry courses and choose two electives from upper-level chemistry classes.

  • Principles of Chemistry: A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry and an introduction to foundational issues in science. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. An introduction to laboratory safety and chemical hygiene is included in the laboratory. This is the first course in chemistry for majors in the physical and life sciences. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
  • Chemical Analysis: An in-depth study of the theory and practice of quantitative methods of chemical analysis. Includes discussion of proper laboratory techniques, theory of operation of common laboratory equipment, discussion of various analytical methods, sampling and sample preparation, and discussion of statistical methods for evaluating and interpreting data. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
  • Organic Chemistry: Structure and Mechanism: In this foundational organic chemistry course, students will learn the foundational topics and problem-solving skills needed to understand the plethora of chemical reactions that involve compounds containing carbon. A working knowledge and application of topics such as nucleophiles, electrophiles, acids, bases, stereochemistry, mechanism, kinetics, substitution reactions, elimination reactions, carbonyl chemistry, and conformational analysis will be developed. Through a detailed understanding of the chemistry, an honest discussion of ethical implications, and a thoughtful interaction with the material we will develop an understanding of how God reveals himself through his creational structure.
  • Two 3- or 4-credit courses from chemistry 200 or above

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Science and Technology Center

As a chemistry minor, you'll have the opportunity to spend time in Dordt's Science and Technology Center. Informally known as the "Science Building," the Science and Technology Center is home to large and small laboratories for organic and physical chemistry.

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