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 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.
Safety Regulations. 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 2 hours after the lab begins. You are at risk of having to waitlist for another lab.
Chem 125, 211 and 216 Laboratory Waitlist
Obtain a space on the electronic waitlist from Wolverine Access. You will be notified by email from the Chemistry Department when a space becomes available.