Code: CHEM3032

Extent: 20–25 cr

Please check the minimum scope of the minor from your own programme.

Language: English

Professor in charge: Lasse Murtomäki

Target group: Master's students

Application procedure: Open for all students of Aalto University.

Quotas and restrictions: Please note, that in some courses the number of participants can be limited. Then major students (Chemistry) have the priority.

Prerequisites: While making your study plan, you should verify that you have the prerequisites needed for the courses.


The Chemistry minor will give a good basic knowledge in chemistry. We recommend the first courses of the Chemistry Major as the core of the minor. They will deepen the knowledge of most of the subfields of chemistry. The student can also choose more focused courses and thus it is possible to gain deeper understanding of some of the subfields. The minor provide focused courses of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The organic and inorganic study paths provide knowledge on synthesizing and analyzing organic or inorganic materials. The first course of physical chemistry is related to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. There are further courses on electrochemistry and computational chemistry. The emphasis is on strengthening the knowledge of chemistry of engineers with various background. Such engineers can better collaborate with chemistry experts in various branches of the industry and they are capable of solving chemistry related problems, such as planning reaction procedures and analyzing materials usually together with experts of the field.

Content and structure of the minor

For the minor (20–25 credits) all students have to take the same compulsory courses (20 cr). These courses will give a good basic knowledge of chemistry. 

If the student is interested of some subtopic of chemistry he/she can take courses in those fields and to include them to the elective courses. In this case we strongly recommend the students to contact the Planning Officer or the professors.

Structure of the minor





Compuosory courses


CHEM-E4110Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy5III
CHEM-E4120Quantitative Instrumental Analysis5I


Chemistry of the Elements




Reactivity of Aromatics



Elective course

Select 01 courses below so that the Minor will be 20–25 cr.   

Analytical Chemistry:   
CHEM-E4135Advanced Analytical Chemistry5III 
CHEM-E4165Chemical Instrumentation and Electroanalytical Methods5IV
Organic Chemistry:   
CHEM-E4195Selectivity in Organic Synthesis5IV
CHEM-E4295Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural Products5I


Modern Methods in Metal Catalysis D



CHEM-E4315Topics in Synthesis5IIIIV
CHEM-E8100Organic Structural Analysis5I


Modern Methods in Biocatalysis D



CHEM-E4220Medicinal Chemistry D5II
Inorganic Chemistry:   
CHEM-E4105Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering5IV
CHEM-E4155Solid State Chemistry5IVV
CHEM-E4205Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization5I
CHEM-E4215Functional Inorganic Materials5II
Physical and Computational Chemistry:   
CHEM-E4115Computational Chemistry I5IV-V
CHEM-E4106Electrochemistry D
CHEM-E4210Molecular Thermodynamics L5II
CHEM-E4225Computational Chemistry II5I-II
CHEM-E4235Transport Processes at Electrodes and Membranes5I
CHEM-E4255Electrochemical Energy Conversion5II