Overview

A chemistry degree is a natural bridge to a wide range of careers. Certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the chemistry curriculum at UMN Morris is designed to ensure that you gain a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry. The curriculum is also geared toward meeting your individual chemistry-related interests and goals. Numerous courses cover several areas of chemistry, incorporating state-of-the-art instrumentation and modern techniques. 

Chemistry lectures and labs at UMN Morris are always taught by faculty members who are active in research and dedicated to teaching. All classes emphasize hands-on learning, and because classes are small, you’ll receive individual attention from professors. 

As a chemistry major, you can choose a subplan in a focused field, such as biochemistry or green sustainable chemistry. Forensic science is also available as a subplan.

Student Learning Outcomes

By completing a degree in chemistry you will be able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry, including green chemistry principles; 
  • solve problems using critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills and knowledge from other disciplines; 
  • conduct an experiment using the appropriate techniques and equipment in a safe, ethical, and sustainable manner; 
  • identify the objective, interpret the results, discuss the data, and draw conclusions about an experiment; 
  • effectively communicate chemistry concepts and experiment results orally and in writing; and
  • recognize hazards, consider greener laboratory alternatives, and manage chemicals.

General Education Requirements

The University of Minnesota and its faculty are committed to providing an education that invites you to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. The University’s general education requirements are designed to be integrated throughout your four-year undergraduate experience. These courses provide you an opportunity to explore fields outside your major and complement your major curriculum with a multidisciplinary perspective.

Careers & Graduate School

Careers

From biochemistry to environmental science and materials synthesis to computational chemistry, UMN Morris chemistry graduates go on to have productive careers in a wide variety of areas. Some include:

  • Teaching at the high school or college level
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Research and development in the chemical industry
  • Law
  • Instrumentation sales
  • Quality control chemist 
  • Lab tech 

UMN Morris alumni hold positions at: 

  • 3M
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Waters
  • Boston Scientific
  • Beckman
  • McKesson Scientific
  • Pace Analytical

The American Chemical Society (ACS) website also provides helpful information and advice about chemistry and biochemistry careers.

UMN Morris graduates have a well-deserved reputation for being prepared for a successful career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health professions. They also have an excellent track record of being admitted to medical schools at both the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. UMN Morris pre-med graduates have been admitted to medical schools all over the United States. 

Graduate School

Approximately two-thirds of UMN Morris chemistry graduates pursue post-graduate studies in graduate or professional school in areas like:

  • Research and development
  • Teaching
  • Health care—medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy
  • Materials science
  • Toxicology
  • Public health
  • Immunology
  • Geology
  • Forensic science
  • Chemical engineering
  • Molecular biology

UMN Morris graduates are admitted into programs locally and across the country. Examples include: 

  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Duke
  • Stanford
  • University of California Riverside
  • Kansas State University

The ACS website provides more information for graduate students.

 

Tuition & Costs

The University of Minnesota Morris is a national public liberal arts college committed to making a high-quality education available to students from across the country. Expenses for housing, meals, books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and personal expenditures can vary.

Students are immediately considered for a scholarship package upon admission to UMN Morris.

Research & Engagement

Research

UMN Morris chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to seek answers to real-world problems by doing research. There’s no better way to learn chemistry than to apply it to your own research project. You’ll have a multitude of research opportunities in chemistry, both at UMN Morris and at institutions all over the country and even the world.

At UMN Morris, your undergraduate research career begins by taking Introduction to Research, a two-credit course required of all sophomore chemistry majors. You may choose to continue your research experience by carrying out a directed study, being involved in a Morris Academic Partnership or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, or by working one-on-one with a faculty member over the summer. Ample opportunities exist for summer undergraduate research in and around Morris and at sites across the United States and abroad.

Once you’ve thought about the general area of research in which you are most interested, you’ll want to speak with a chemistry faculty member whose interests best match yours. Find out what research projects they are currently working on, or describe your own interests.

To search for an off-campus research experience, consider the following resources.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) through the National Science Foundation are scattered all over the United States, and many UMN Morris students have gained great research experience in REU programs during the summer. You can search by location or by the type of science you’re interested in. Current REU opportunities are posted on the bulletin board on the second floor of the science atrium as well.
  • The National Institutes of Health provides resources for summer research opportunities in the biomedical field.
  • The International Research Experience for Undergraduates is an American Chemical Society exchange program where you can spend 10 weeks working at a university abroad (France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom) under the supervision of graduate students and research directors.

Additional informational materials and applications for research opportunities can be found in the file cabinet in Science 3005.

Engagement

UMN Morris has a very active ACS chemistry club that students majoring in chemistry are encouraged to join. Students regularly present at ACS national meetings.

An internship is another great way to engage in the field of chemistry while gaining real-world experience. Information about available opportunities is available through Career Services.

Employment

UMN Morris also offers a wide variety of employment opportunities for chemistry majors, on and off campus. On campus, you may be able to work in a variety of capacities, which will allow you to hone your lab skills and put your math and chemistry knowledge to use. A variety of positions open in the chemistry discipline every semester:

Lab Prep Assistant

The prep assistant helps to prepare solutions, unknowns, etc. for the set up for the general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry laboratories.

Lab Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate teaching assistants are utilized in the general, organic and analytical chemistry labs. The teaching assistant works with the lab instructor (the professors responsible for the accompanying lecture) to ensure that the students in lab are adhering to proper safety requirements, to answer questions, and to guide the students through the mysteries of lab!

Lecture Grader

Some chemistry courses utilize undergraduate graders. For students who would like to keep their lecture knowledge sharp, a position as a grader is a good choice.

To apply for one of these positions, see Julie Kill. In addition, chemistry students are frequently hired by the Academic Assistance Center as tutors for chemistry courses.

In addition, UMN Morris chemistry graduates have frequently been hired by the Academic Assistance Center as tutors for chemistry courses.

Employment Opportunities in Morris

In addition to the myriad of opportunities available to chemistry students at Morris, other chemistry related job opportunities occasionally arise in the Morris area:

  • At the USDA Soils Research lab in Morris. Not contingent on work-study eligibility; 10-15 hours/week with much flexibility.
    Please contact: Beth Burmeister at 320-589-3411 ext. 100 for more information or an application.
  • West Wind Village, the local nursing home, is a great choice for students interested in careers in health care.
  • Stevens County Ambulance Garage is another popular employment option for those interested in a career in medicine is employment.

Many Morris students work as emergency medical technicians during their undergraduate days in Morris.

 

 

 

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