Minor in Chemistry

APU’s chemistry minor prepares students for careers and graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental studies.

23 units


  • The minimum prerequisites for the chemistry minor are a C- in CHEM 151 and a B- in MATH 110 or equivalent (e.g., a score of 65 on ALEKS).
  • Students must complete all prerequisites for a BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description). 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the minor.
  • Students must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the minor can be taken only two times at APU; students will be dismissed from the minor after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the minor can be repeated; students will be dismissed from the minor after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
Lower-Division Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 151
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 1, 2
CHEM 251
CHEM 252
Organic Chemistry: Theory I
and Organic Chemistry: Theory II
CHEM 261
CHEM 262
Organic Chemistry - Lab
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
Upper-Division Chemistry Electives7
Choose 7 elective units from the following; these may not include units used to fulfill requirements of the student’s major.
Principles of Biochemistry
Biomolecular Chemistry
Biomolecular Metabolism
Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Theory
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis: Theory
and Instrumental Analysis - Lab 3
Physical Biochemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry I Lab
Physical Chemistry II Lab
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Total Units23