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University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Chair of Undergraduate Studies Committee

Dr. Joseph Johnson
Office: SSB 253B
Phone: 218-726-8439


The Department was founded in the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry — analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. These sub-disciplines are the focus of the Bachelor of Science in chemistry, which currently serves 139 declared majors. The bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) was later established, and currently serves 242 declared majors. A double major in Chemistry and BMB provides a number of our undergraduates with an exceptional experience and preparation for top-rated graduate and professional schools. Additionally, the department's Honors program provides additional opportunities for outstanding students who are driven to achieve.

Thanks to the commitment of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni, our department is a regional leader in undergraduate education in both chemistry and biochemistry. In terms of the American Chemical Society certified Chemistry major, for example, our Department has been ranked nationally as 40th, 29th and 35th during 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire a fundamental knowledge base in the major sub-disciplines of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
  2. Use the current tools employed by professionals in the fields of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
  3. Develop chemical and/or biochemical intuition to visualize how chemical and biochemical reactions proceed, what governs the rate at which they occur, and what dictates the extent to which they occur.
  4. Apply critical thinking and quantitative skills to solve problems in the fundamental areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
  5. Effectively communicate (orally and in written form) technical information in the disciplines to other professionals in the field.
  6. Apply experience with lab techniques and data analysis to responsibly design, safely perform and critically analyze the results of experiments which involve 1) the measurement of chemical or biochemical quantities, 2) the synthesis and purification of chemical or biochemical reaction products and 3) the simulation or modeling of chemical or biochemical systems.