Chemistry (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Do you enjoy thinking about scientific problems at the molecular level but still have interests in many different areas? This minor may be just right for you. You'll gain a strong foundation of knowledge through both theoretical and experimental courses.

Program Description

The chemistry minor program is designed to give students majoring in other disciplines a solid grounding in the basics of chemistry in order to complement their major. It is especially appropriate for students whose majors are in the various disciplines of physics, materials science, geology, engineering and life sciences.

Program Requirements

The minor in chemistry comprises 28 credit hours of required courses, of which at least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level. Six of the 12 upper-division credit hours must be taken from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 20 credit hours
Options -- 8 credit hours
Choose one of the following options for the additional 8 credit hours. (8)
Option 1
Option 2
Notes: CHM 345 and CHM 348 are only offered in the Fall semester.
Notes: CHM 346 and CHM 349 are only offered in the Spring semester.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in applied biological sciences (all concentrations); BS and BA in biochemistry; BS in biochemistry (medicinal chemistry); BS and BA in chemistry; BS in chemistry (environmental chemistry); BS in forensic science; BS in health sciences (preprofessional); BS in nutrition; BS in nutrition (human nutrition); BS in medical studies; BS in neuroscience

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A chemistry minor can benefit those who pursue careers in chemical and electronics industries, manufacturing and environmental industries, and in national research labs and forensic labs.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Chemical Engineers

  • Growth: 8.1%
  • Median Salary*: 106260
  Bright Outlook

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

  • Growth: -5.5%
  • Median Salary*: 49330

Chemical Plant and System Operators

  • Growth: -3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 82670

Chemical Technicians

  • Growth: 3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 50840


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: 80670
  Bright Outlook

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 80720

Materials Engineers

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 100140
  Bright Outlook

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: 57380
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: 132750

Biochemists and Biophysicists

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 103810
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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