Chemistry Minor

Chemistry is the study of composition, properties of matter, and structures in chemistry. As a Chemistry minor, you will gain knowledge about mathematics, physics, and other types of life sciences.

This minor will support an assortment of science-related post-graduate activities. Fundamental skills and techniques will prepare you to look into different forms of research along with becoming primed to think critically and independently. You will also see what it is like to work within the field.

You will study and see the connections between all forms of chemistry and how they work together. After having an introduction to the minor, you will be able to look into other courses that will expand their knowledge of chemistry.

Benefits of a Chemistry Minor

  1. Get hands-on experience working with research and in their field.
  2. Develop the skills to interpret research and apply their knowledge in a positive manner.

Chemistry Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

This minor, offered by the Natural Sciences Department, can be earned by completing at least 23 credits in Chemistry.

Complete the following courses (16 cr):

Code Course Credits

CHE 1041

General Chemistry I

Fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include modern atomic theory and structure of atoms, chemical bonds, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry and molecular geometry. To succeed in this course, an understanding of applied algebra is necessary.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MAT 1020 or MAT 1221 or MAT 1320, or equivalent placement.

Fee Fee $50.



CHE 1042

General Chemistry II

Continuation of CHE 1041. Topics include solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium, reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction reactions and acid-base chemistry.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Grade of "C-" or better in CHE 1041 or CHE 1051

Fee $50 lab fee



CHE 2111

Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the chemistry of organic compounds. Emphasis is on organic functional groups and their chemical properties, nomenclature and molecular structure. The laboratory introduces students to basic organic laboratory techniques of synthesis, purification and characterization. Lecture (3 hrs.) and lab (4 hrs). Students are strongly recommended to take Organic Problem Solving I (CHE 2113) together with this course.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 with a grade of C or better.

Fee Lab fee $50.



CHE 3020

Analytical Chemistry

A survey of analytical chemical techniques including traditional gravimetric and titrimetric methods as well as modern spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis.

Lecture and lab.

This course is computing intensive.

Prerequisite: CHE 1041 or CHE 1051 or consent of instructor.

Fee Lab fee $50



and complete two of the following courses (7-8 cr):

Code Course Credits

CHE 2112

Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of CHE 2111. Continued study of organic functional groups and their chemical properties and molecular structures. Emphasis is on reaction mechanisms, aromaticity and spectroscopic methods od analysis of organic molecules. Students are strongly recommended to take Organic Problem Solving II ( CHE 2114 ) together with this course.

Lecture (3 hrs) and lab (4 hrs).

Prerequisite: CHE 2111

Fee Lab fee $50.



CHE 3011

Biochemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the major classes of biological molecules and their structure, function and metabolism in living systems. Students examine the structure of proteins, their function and their binding to other molecules. Enzymes and their kinetics and mechanisms are covered in detail. This course provides the linkage between the inanimate world of chemistry and the living world of biology.


Prerequisite: CHE 2111 with a grade of "C" or better. CHE 2112 is strongly recommended.



CHE 3030

Aqueous Geochemistry

This course is designed to show the application of chemical principles to the study of geology. Topics covered include aqueous geochemistry, activity-concentration relations, carbonate equilibria, pH-fO2 diagrams, isotope systems, and the application of geochemistry to solving environmental problems.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052, and GEY 1030.

Spring, even years


CHE 3035

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

An study of thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Topics include Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, prediction of the direction and extent of chemical reaction, equilibrium, phases of matter, solutions, atomic structure, bonding, and spectroscopy of atoms and molecules.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052, MAT 2532, and PHY 2210

Fall, even years


(Total credits required for the minor: 23-24 cr)