The Chemistry Department has three types of courses available for students starting out toward careers in any of the sciences, engineering, or medicine. Students are placed into these courses according to the results of the tests in chemistry and mathematics that they take during orientation.
For students interested in the sciences, engineering or medicine, either CHEM 130 or CHEM 210/211 can be their starting point. Students who have had a strong course in high school (which may include AP credit in chemistry) are advised to start in CHEM 210 and 211, the laboratory course that accompanies it. CHEM 130 is recommended for all other students. Section 400 of CHEM 130 is reserved for students who would benefit from a smaller lecture section and more frequent contact with both senior faculty and teaching assistants.
Students who have had little or no laboratory work in high school should plan to elect CHEM 125/126 with CHEM 130. Other students electing CHEM 130 may postpone laboratory to a subsequent term.
Special Departmental Policies
The department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all CHEM courses and mathematics and physics courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections.
The Waitlist Policy for CHEM courses is posted on the Chemistry Department website: www.umich.edu/~michchem/undergrad/downloads/ChemistryWaitlistPolicy.pdf
No contact lenses will be allowed in any chemistry laboratory. In laboratory classes, students must wear either prescription or safety glasses at all times.
Check into labs on the first day they are scheduled. You must take a print-out of your class schedule to Lab Check-in. If you fail to appear, your space may be given to a waitlisted student without further notice and you are at risk of not being able to take that course for the academic term, if all sections become full.
CHEM Laboratories Waitlist Instructions
If a laboratory section is full, join the waitlist through Wolverine Access backpack/registration as soon as possible. Electronic permissions will be issued prior to the beginning of classes as space becomes available; students will be notified via email of the opportunity to enroll. All enrollment permissions are of limited duration and if a student fails to enroll by the expiration date, the student will automatically be dropped from the class waitlist. Students should check their University of Michigan email often and register for the class as soon as they receive the permission.
Students who are still waitlisted after classes begin should attend the first meeting of the lab to be considered for any unclaimed seats. Students who are not physically present will not be considered for enrollment. Any available openings will be assigned beginning with waitlisted students by day/time order of their waitlist position.
Lab sections are often in high demand, with a limited number of workstations available; it is recommended to enroll/waitlist for CHEM lab courses as soon as possible.