May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Minor

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Karl Feierabend, Chair
Paul Bonvallet
Paul Edmiston
Jennifer Faust
Sara Martin
Lilliana Morris
Mark Snider
Sarah Sobeck


Chemistry is the study of the composition and transformations of matter.  The faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry have created a student-centered curriculum, a supportive environment, and a vibrant intellectual community for Chemistry majors and non-majors alike. Our students grow into ethical, productive members of society who apply their scientific knowledge and skills in a broad range of endeavors. Instruction in the discipline integrates learning through coursework, laboratory work, and research by promoting skills in laboratory methods, use of instrumentation, information literacy, problem solving, oral and written communication, and research design.  The curriculum is guided by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training and is comprised of courses across the major sub-disciplines of chemistry.  Feedback from alumni, graduate programs, professional schools, and employers indicate that graduates from our program are well prepared in chemistry knowledge, exposure to research-grade instrumentation, and communication skills.  Within the context of the liberal arts and Senior Independent Study, Wooster chemists also have the ability to apply their knowledge, solve complex problems, and take on leadership roles.

Minor in Chemistry

Consists of six courses:
  • (see note below)

  • One of the following courses:


  • Three Chemistry courses at the 200-level or above (see note below)

    Special Notes

    • Most students begin the curriculum with General Chemistry I (CHEM 11100).  Those seeking placement into General Chemistry II (CHEM 11200) may do so by either (1) earning a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam, or (2) performing well on the Chemistry Department placement exam.  Students who place intro CHEM 11200 without Advanced Placement credit do not receive credit for CHEM 11100.
    • A student with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam is eligible to receive credit for CHEM 11100 and be placed into CHEM 11200.  We still recommend taking the departmental placement exam, as there is the option of waiving this credit and enrolling into CHEM 11100 instead.
    • International students with a certificate from a foreign Baccalaureate program may receive either one or two Chemistry course credits.  Students who take the Chemistry Department placement exam will be placed into General Chemistry II (CHEM 11200) or Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 21100) depending upon the department placement exam results.  If the student places into CHEM 11200, then 1.0 credit will be awarded for CHEM 11100.  If the student places into Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 21100), then 2.25 credits will be awarded for the combination of CHEM 11100, CHEM 11200, and CHEM 11200L.
    • First-year students rarely begin with Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 21100).  Direct entry into this course may occur only with the permission of the instructor or Chair.
    • For the minor, students who begin with CHEM 11100 are only required to take two Chemistry courses at or above the 200-level.
    • Concurrent enrollment in both class and laboratory is required for students taking a course with a laboratory component.  Students who do not complete the class or laboratory component of a course with a C- or better must repeat both the class and the laboratory.
    • A student may not take CHEM 10100 concurrent with or after CHEM 11200.
    • All courses counting towards the Chemistry major or minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and passed with a C- or better.  This policy applies to classroom and laboratory components alike.

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