Chemistry forms the link between the fundamental principles governing the nature of the universe and the science of life. Chemistry education at SNU provides focus on a variety of inter-disciplinary areas, spanning different scientific disciplines, e.g. Materials Science, Bioinformatics, Environmental Sciences, or Chemical Biology, as well as non-traditional areas in the arts and humanities. Undergraduate students of the university who are not majoring in Chemistry have the option to take a Minor in Chemistry, which provides a broad background in chemical principles, that can serve as a stepping stone to further in-depth study in related areas that build upon this background. The Chemistry Minor curriculum at SNU is divided into two stages: introductory general chemistry, and foundation courses providing breadth across sub-disciplines. Since chemistry is an experimental science, substantial laboratory work is an integral part of almost all our Chemistry courses.

Introductory or General Chemistry: The introductory general chemistry courses provide a common grounding in basic chemical concepts for students with diverse backgrounds, develop basic mathematical and laboratory skills, and prepare students for the foundation courses, allowing for a period for consolidation of chemical concepts, mathematical and laboratory skills. For students pursuing a Chemistry Minor, the introductory chemistry courses provide preparation for the foundation course work, ensuring that students know basic chemical concepts such as stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, and kinetics. Students also need to be competent in basic laboratory skills such as safe practices, keeping a notebook, use of electronic balances and volumetric glassware, preparation of solutions, chemical measurements using pH.

Foundation Courses: Foundation courses provide breadth and lay the groundwork for more in-depth course work. Elective in-depth courses in areas of the student’s interests build upon these foundations and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Laboratory Experience: The chemistry laboratory experience at SNU includes synthesis of molecules; measurement of chemical properties, structures, and phenomena; hands-on experience with modern analytical instrumentation; and computational data analysis and modelling. All laboratory programs are conducted in a safe environment that includes adherence to national and state regulations regarding hazardous waste management and laboratory safety, including facilities for chemical waste disposal, safety information and reference materials, and personal protective equipment available to all students and faculty. The chemistry laboratories at SNU are equipped with functioning fume hoods, safety showers, eyewashes, first aid kits, and readily available fire extinguishers. Students are trained in modern chemical safety, to understand responsible disposal techniques, understand and comply with safety regulations, understand and use material safety data sheets (MSDS), recognize and minimize potential chemical and physical hazards in the laboratory, and know how to handle laboratory emergencies effectively.

Problem-Solving Skills: As part of the SNU experience, students will be expected to develop the ability to define problems, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data using statistical methods, and draw appropriate conclusions. The Chemistry Minor curriculum provides ample opportunities for developing both written and oral communication skills, as well as team skills. Our instructional programs incorporate team experiences in classroom and laboratory components of the chemistry curriculum.

Students at SNU may earn a Minor in Chemistry upon successfully completing the following courses:

  • CHY111    Chemical Principles (3L+1T+1P Credits)
  • CHY122    Basic Organic Chemistry I (2L+1L+1P Credits)
  • CHY142    Main Group Chemistry (3L+0T+0P Credits)
  • CHY211    Chemical Equilibrium (3L+1T+1P Credits)
  • CHY213    Chemical Analysis lab (1L+0T+1P Credits)
  • CHY221    Organic Reactions & Mechanisms    (3L+0T+1P Credits)
  • Plus elective courses from the Chemistry undergraduate offerings, for a Total of 24 Credits.

Courses from among the above list taken as part of a student’s non-Chemistry Major requirement also count towards the Minor in Chemistry.