Congratulations - You’re a chemistry or biochemistry student at the U of L! Now what?
You need to decide what courses to take and make sure they are offered when you need to take them. You may find you need some help with this process and we are here to answer your questions and provide support as you complete your degree.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is located in the Science Commons and the Department office is SA8464, so please stop by.
Other valuable resources include our Program Planning Guides. These provide guidelines for determining what courses you need to take and when. Please download them and start working with them today. For additional advice visit our department office at SA8464 or A&S Advising in Markin Hall, M2102.
Some courses can be taken out of sequence, but many cannot. For advice visit our department office at SA8464 or A&S Advising in M2102.
You can find additional information on our Future Students page or Grad Students page.
While pursuing your degree at the UofL there are opportunities to determine which area of Chemistry or Biochemistry best suits you. You can work in a research lab on an Independent Study (IS) or Applied Study, as a research assistant or even full-time as a Co-op student. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has many advanced instruments to enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer. Students learn to use such instruments as a part of several undergraduate courses and during research opportunities. A list of all our department members and their research is available here.
Student opportunities include:
- Co-operative Education
- Applied Studies
- Independent Studies
- Involvement with professors on research projects
- Co-authorship of papers/publications
- Participation in conferences such as:
- CSC (Canadian Society of Chemistry)
- WCUCC (Western Canada Undergraduate Chemistry Conference)
- RiboWest Conference (Biochemistry only)
FAQ's to answer the most common questions.
What if I can’t get into my course when I am trying to register?
You may not be able to register because the course is full or you are trying to register in a course that’s not in your major (some courses have reserves on them so majors can get courses they require), or if there is a conflict with one of your other courses.
Go online to A&S Advising (their office is in M2102) where you can register for the wait list for your class.
Keep trying to register in the course.
You can also visit the Dept office, SA8464, for advice or to find out if the course is full but we cannot put you on the wait list. You must complete the A&S Advising form online to be put on the wait list. The wait list is important, so that we know how many people cannot get into the course. Then we decide if we need to increase the course size and open more labs so students can register.
Valid Reasons for Registration Assistance:
- The course must be required for your current major.
- You must have the prerequisite for the course (or you must bring a signed Prerequisite Waiver form to Arts and Science Student Program Services in M2102 before you submit your request).
- The course must fit your schedule. (If there is a time conflict or registration in the course will cause you to exceed the maximum credit hours allowed you will be removed from the wait-list, unless you have indicated which course to drop).
- You must have previously attempted to register yourself in the course.
Invalid Reasons for Registration Assistance:
- Day, time or section preference
- Courses in a minor or concentration
- GLER or elective courses
YOU MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH REQUEST.
What if I pass my lab but fail my course (CHEM or BCHM) and need to retake the course?
NOTE - Biochemistry & Biological Sciences do NOT give lab waivers
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Why do prerequisites matter and how are they different from recommended courses?
Organic Chemistry I
NOTE: Partially reserved.
NOTE: Students MUST register for the SEC and one LAB.
NOTE: Some familiarity with calculus and physics is recommended.
NOTE: Course designation: Science.
PREREQUISITE(S): Chemistry 2000
RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND: Mathematics 2560 AND Physics 1000
SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR: Chemistry 2120; Chemistry 2100 (prior to 2007/2008)
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What if I am a transfer student or have changed my major to Chem or Bchm and don’t have all the prerequisites?
How can I get course credit for research experience?
What if I need a tutor?
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What Chem & Bchm 4000 classes are offered each semester?
Click on the text for a PDF of the course outline or contact the professor for more information about the course. Some courses are scheduled to be taught in the next calendar year. This is indicated by the semester and year in brackets after the professor's name.
Chemistry 4000A: Chemical Applications of Group Theory - Dr. Michael Gerken
Chemistry 4010A: Introduction to NMR: Theory and Practice - Dr. Paul Hazendonk
Biochemistry 4000A: Cellular and Molecular Medicine - Dr. Nehal Thakor
- Biochemistry 4850A - Biophysics - Dr. Borries Demeler
- Biochemistry 4000A: Principles of Protein Structure - Dr. Nehal Thakor
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Potential Chem & Bchm 4000 classes
Biochemistry of Antibiotic Activity
Cellular and Molecular Medicine - Dr. Nehal Thakor
Contemporary Methods in Biochemistry - Drs. Mosimann, Patel, Thakor
Molecular Immunology - Dr. Trushar Patel
Principles of Protein Structure - Dr. Steven Mosimann
Bioinformatics - Dr. Athan Zovoilis
Advanced Computational Chemistry – Dr. Stacey Wetmore
Advanced Contemporary Chemistry - Dr. Peter Dibble
Advanced Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics – Dr. Marc Roussel
Advanced Organic Chemistry – Dr. Peter Dibble
Chemical Applications of Group Theory – Dr. Michael Gerken
Chemical Crystallography - Dr. René Boeré
Foundations of Chemical Kinetics - Dr. Marc Roussel
Fluorine Chemistry - Dr. Michael Gerken
Introduction to Molecular Modeling – Dr. Stacey Wetmore
Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry – Dr. Paul Hayes
Medicinal Chemistry - Dr. Susan Lait
Modelling Biochemical Reaction Networks - Dr. Marc Roussel
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy – Dr. Paul Hazendonk
Principles of Electrochemistry and EPR Spectroscopy - Dr. René Boeré
Organometallic Chemistry – Dr. Paul Hayes
Statistical Mechanics – Dr. Marc Roussel
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