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UIC Chemistry Department: Keep offering the chem minor

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It has come to the attention of the UIC student body that the chemistry department is contemplating the elimination of the chemistry minor. Decisions have not been finalized, and there is an on-going debate. For the best interest of the UIC community, students should be offered the opportunity to pursue a chemistry minor. Many of these students are in pre-health programs that have multiple requirements that fulfill the chemistry minor as well. Eliminating the chemistry minor that other universities offer may put these students at a competitive disadvantage. Students will appear less qualified in comparison to students who come from universities that offer the minor. Many students also work towards minors because they enjoy the subject but don't want to major in it. Taking the minor away would restrict students from exploring their interests.

Students pay anywhere between $6,617 and $9,113 for tuition. With this amount, the university should easily be able to provide these students with a “chemistry minor” printed on their transcripts and diplomas. Many students have voiced their concerns on this topic and it would be beneficial for us to take action. Our ultimate goal is to accumulate 1,000 signatures and hopefully affect the outcome.

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