Course Information

The undergraduate catalog of studies is the student's go-to-manual for details about degrees and courses, related policies and regulations, and available services. The most current details about specific chemistry courses are found in the chemistry and biochemistry (CHEM) pages of the catalog.

Registration forms are some times needed to enroll in a course when a student encounters an error when enrolling. These forms are interactive PDFs found at the links listed below. Students are encouraged to complete the necessary form(s) online before printing them off for signatures. Please be sure the form(s) are filled out completely, including checking a box for the reason an administrative change is being requested before submitting to the department for processing.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY LAB AND LECTURE CO-REQUISITE DROP POLICY

You may drop the lecture and the lab together at any time.  Students sometime wish to drop the lecture and keep the lab.  You must have department approval to do this. It is NOT automatically granted.  It is NOT a certainty.  The department chair will sign the override that allows you to drop only the lecture and keep the lab IF you actively participate in the class up until the drop date.  This means attending lecture, turning in homework, taking tests, and really trying; not just showing up to show up.  And, yes, we will check with your instructor. Although a less common request, you would can be allowed drop the lab and keep the lecture IF you actively participate in the lab up until the drop date. If in either your instructor's or the chair’s opinion you have not been actively participating in the lecture (or lab), you will have to drop both the co-requisite lecture and lab even if you want to drop just one or the other. If you wish to drop one of the co-requisites and keep the other, you should talk to both instructors as soon as possible so you are clear on what you will need to do in the course you are hoping to drop in order to keep the other course.

We don't do this to make your life more difficult.  The point of the policy is two-fold. First, the lab and lecture are supposed to inform each other.  It doesn't make much sense for you to do a lab on a subject that you haven't seen the lecture material for and, of course, the lab material will hopefully help you master the lecture material too.  The faculty of the department made them co-requisites for a reason. Second, if you drop a course that implies strongly that you are having trouble with the material. (If you are thinking about dropping a course because you are getting a B, or even a C; THINK AGAIN.  Most people reviewing your transcript for a job or admission to another degree program will look at a W as similar in nature to a D or F.)   But most students who withdraw end up retaking the course. We believe that seeing the material and attempting your best to master it, even if you feel confused, frustrated, or lost, will nevertheless help you the second time around.  We want you to succeed.  Encouraging you to stay involved in the lecture is a way for us to help stack the deck in your favor for a better outcome on the next try.  And, who knows, you may surprise yourself and be able to turn it around and get through the course the first time. 

On very, very, very rare occasions we may make exceptions to this policy, but the bar for an exception is quite high. Explanations of how well you are doing in one class, how little material is left to cover, losing a scholarship, failure to graduate, and similar pleas for exceptions, while they do concern us, are not acceptable excuses or reasons for waiving the co-requisite.  Past cases where it was allowed involved, to name one example, terminal illness.  If you wish to make the case for an exception, let the instructors and departmental office know as soon as possible.