What should I do if I am interested in a chemistry major?

  • You apply for admission to the major mid-fall semester of sophomore year.
    • We decide on those admissions after fall grades are posted.
  • Applications for the chemistry major are accepted twice each academic year.
Admission Term Applications
Spring semester Begin: October 1
Deadline: December 30
Fall semester Begin: March 1
Deadline: May 25

What requirements must I meet before applying?

You must complete these courses with a minimum grade of C-

  • Chem 1061 (lecture) and 1065 (lab)
  • Chem 1066 (lab)
  • Math 1271 or 1371 (Calculus I)
  • Math 1272 or 1372 (Calculus II)
  • Math 2263 or 2374 (Multivariable Calculus)
  • Physics 1201W or 1301W
  • Physics 1202W or 1302W

You must complete these courses with a minimum grade of C

  • Chem 1062 (lecture)
  • Chem 2301 (organic chemistry lecture)

A minimum technical GPA of 3.2 guarantees admission to the major.

  • If your technical GPA is below 3.2, you will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Whom should I talk to about my interest?

  • Make an appointment with our advising office as soon as possible.
    • Meet with one of our faculty undergraduate advisers to develop a plan. 
      • A one-year plan must be filed prior to fall registration.

Chemistry Majors Handbook

Contact

  • Advising Appointments
    stephs@umn.edu

    • Advising
    • 135 Smith Hall
    • Stephanie Stathopoulos, Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • stephs@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-8008
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Professor David Blank
    • blank@umn.edu