To make an appointment with an academic advisor, please email the appropriate faculty member listed below and be sure to provide as much detail as possible about your situation/question.
Dr. Jason Schwans
Professor of Biochemistry
& Undergraduate Biochemistry Advisor
Dr. Young-Seok Shon
Professor of Chemistry
& Graduate Chemistry Advisor
Documents and FAQ for Undergraduate Students
- Change of major/minor application (PDF): To add a minor in chemistry, complete this form and submit it via email to one of our undergraduate advisors listed above.
- Freshmen Advising Form (DOCX)
- Transfer Student Advising Form (DOCX)
Can I take a course required for my degree for credit/no credit rather than a grade?
Most of the department's courses are designated as "Letter Grade A-F Only" in the university catalog. There is no option for "Credit/No Credit" grading in this case. All courses that count toward your degree must have an A-F grade.
Must I have a "C" or greater in all my major courses?
As noted in the university catalog, you must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course required for the major.
What are the requirements to fulfill the pre-major and officially declare the major?
As stated on Enrollment Services, to be considered for admission to a major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, applicants must (a) complete the minimum lower division preparation courses listed below (with a grade of C or better in each) while (b) maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
- MATH 122 and 123
- CHEM 111A and 111B
- general education courses in the areas of Written Communication (A1), Oral Communication (A2), and Critical Thinking (A3)
Students will be shifted from the pre-major to the major automatically upon completion of these requirements.