Minor in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides many courses that are of interest to students from the Schools of Biology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, and students pursuing pre-health tracks. These students develop greater interest in chemistry while taking these courses and the proposed minor provides a means to enhance their knowledge in a structured and documented manner. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of science and engineering today, the option to pursue more in-depth study outside of the major in a manner documented on their transcripts will benefit graduates as they enter a competitive, global, and diverse workforce.

The minor is likely to be highly attractive to students to apply to medical, pharmacy, dental schools, and graduate schools.

Program of Study
Required courses:
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2313 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3511Survey of Biochemistry 73
or CHEM 4511 Biochemistry I
Select six (6) credit hours: 66
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
The Science of Alternative Energy
Applications of Inorganic Chemistry in Current Energy Research
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Applied Spectroscopy
Chemistry of the Solid State
Computational Chemistry
Biochemistry II
Biophysical Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering
Drug Design, Development, and Delivery
Polymer Science and Engineering I: Formation and Properties
Polymer Science and Engineering II: Analysis, Processing, and Laboratory
Special Topics (with approval of the director of undergraduate studies)
Total Credit Hours15
  1. The Chemistry and Biochemistry minor must comprise at least 15 semester hours, of which at least 9 semester hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).
  2. No more than 3 semester hours of Special Topics courses may be included in the minimum 15 hours of a minor program.
  3. All courses counting toward the minor must be completed with an overall average of at least 2.0.  Six of these credit hours must be taken in residence at Georgia Tech.
  4. All courses counting toward the minor must be completed with on  letter-grade basis. 
  5. Courses required by name and number and/or used to satisfy Core Areas A through E in a student’s major degree program may not be used in satisfying the course requirements for a minor.  The only exception is if the major  School has released specific courses for use toward the minor. Courses used in a minor also may be used to fulfill free electives or technical electives.
  6. If the student’s major degree program requires the use of one of these courses (CHEM 2311, CHEM 2312, CHEM 2313, CHEM 3511, and/or CHEM 4511) and that course is not released towards the minor, the student may substitute it with one of the courses listed below.
  7. Credit not allowed for both CHEM 3511 and CHEM 4511.
  8. Credit not allowed for both CHEM 2312 and CHEM 2313