Minors

A minor in chemistry can be earned by completing six chemistry subjects.

Required Subjects

5.03 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry I
5.12 Organic Chemistry I
5.310 Laboratory Chemistry*
5.60 Thermodynamics & Kinetics

Elective Subjects (choose two)

5.04 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II
5.07 Biological Chemistry**
5.08 Biological Chemistry II 
5.13 Organic Chemistry II
5.36 Biochemistry and Organic Laboratory ***
5.37 Organic and Inorganic Laboratory *
5.43 Advanced Organic Chemistry
5.61 Physical Chemistry I
5.62 Physical Chemistry II

*5.35 (12 units) will also be accepted in place of 5.310

** 7.05 will also be accepted in place of 5.07

***The required laboratory subject for minors in chemistry is 5.310 (or 5.35). Taking 5.36, 5.37, or a total of 12 units of credit from the modules in 5.36U or 5.37U satisfies one elective subject of a chemistry minor.

To declare a chemistry minor:

  • Fill out a Minor Application Form and bring the completed form and a copy of your most recent unofficial MIT transcript to Grace Kimball in the Chemistry Education Office (6-205). You can obtain your unofficial MIT transcript from Student Services (11-120).
  • Subjects required for a minor are discussed above.
  • If you have academic questions, contact the Chemistry Minor Advisor, Professor Keith Nelson (kanelson@mit.edu)
  • By the third week of your final semester you must fill out a Minor Completion Form. If you do not complete this final step by the third week of your final semester, your minor degree may not appear on your diploma.
  • Bring a copy of your most recent recent MIT unofficial transcript (from Student Services, Room 11-120) and a completed Minor Completion Form to Grace Kimball in the Chemistry Education Office (6-205).
  • Minor Application and Completion Forms are available online and in the Chemistry Education Office.


For administrative information about the Chemistry Minor Program, contact:

Grace Kimball
gkimball@mit.edu
Room 6-205 x3-7271

For academic information about the Chemistry Minor Program, contact:

Professor Keith Nelson
kanelson@mit.edu
Room 6-235, 617-253-1423

For a general description of the Minor Program, refer to the MIT Course Bulletin's information on Minors and for general guidelines refer to the information on Declaring a Minor from the Registrar's Office.