Minor in Chemistry

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The chemistry minor is intended to supplement one of Caltech's undergraduate degrees. It is designed for students who wish to broaden their studies beyond their major to include chemistry. Students completing the chemistry minor requirements will have the phrase "minor in chemistry" added to their transcripts.

Chemistry Minor Requirements:
1. 18 units of organic chemistry, taken from Ch41abc
2. 18 units of physical chemistry, taken from Ch21abc (or substitutes as specified for the major).
3. 9 units of inorganic chemistry, for example Ch 102 or Ch 112
4. 9 units in biochemistry, for example, Ch110
5. 9 or more units of a chemistry laboratory course from Ch4ab, Ch5ab, Ch6ab, Ch7 or Ch15. No
substitutions are allowed.
6. 9 units of advanced chemistry electives numbered Ch102 or above, approved by their
assigned chemistry advisor or the option representative.

All courses to be applied to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for grades. Courses taken as part of the chemistry minor are counted toward the total 486 units needed for Institute graduation requirements. To enroll in the program, the student should meet and discuss his/her plans with the option representative. In general, approval is contingent on good academic performance by the student and demonstrated ability for handling the heavier course load. Courses that are used to satisfy the Chemistry minor requirements cannot be used to satisfy course requirements in another major.