University of Minnesota Morris


Please note that students who major in chemistry follow a standard chemistry path or choose to add a biochemistry subfield. Many chemistry majors also pursue graduate or professional programs (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Additional information.

The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in Chemistry/Biochemistry

  1. If your academic adviser is not in the Chemistry discipline, be sure to talk with a Chemistry faculty member (such as your General Chemistry instructor) early in your first semester to double check that your academic plan will keep you on track.
  2. Failing to enroll in Chemistry 1101 (General Chemistry I)  in your first semester will make completion of your degree in four years much more challenging and pre-health students will find it impossible to complete professional school requirements on time.
    • Chem 1101 can be met with AP, Transfer, PSEO, IB, A-Level etc.
    • If you cannot take Chem 1101 due to your math placement, be sure to speak with your adviser right away about how to meet this pre-requisite as soon as possible (e.g. retaking the placement test after reviewing algebra, or talking to the Chemistry 1101 instructors about any unique circumstances).
  3. The Chemistry/Biochemistry curriculum is highly sequential; pay close attention to course prerequisites. The first two years are fairly inflexible, while the third and fourth years offer much more leeway in course selection.
  4. The Chemistry major has two possible 'tracks'; a 'standard' Chemistry major or Chemistry major with Biochemistry subfield. If you are interested in the Biochemistry subfield and/or are following a pre-health plan (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc.), be sure to take Biology 1111 in your first year, either fall or spring.
  5. Take a math course (appropriate to your math placement) in your first semester. The Chemistry/Biochemistry degrees require math through Calculus II (Math 1102) which is a prerequisite for other required courses such as Physics, Physical Chemistry, and some other advanced electives.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Sample Plans