Students conducting an experiment.As a student in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University, you must meet regularly with a Department of Chemistry advisor during posted hours to ensure that you have met all graduation requirements. It is each student's responsibility to schedule appointments in a timely manner to meet graduation deadlines in the academic calendar. See major and minor options in the undergraduate catalog; and course offerings for a specific term.

Undergraduate advising

Enrollment tips

Some students receive enrollment errors while attempting to register for classes even when they have satisfied the prerequisites. The following procedure should eliminate most issues:

  • Enter both CRNs and save them at the same time.
  • Find the CHEM lecture in which you wish to enroll; note the CRN.
  • Find the CHEM lab in which you wish to enroll; note the CRN.
  • Go to your Drop/Adds and scroll to "Add to Worksheet."

If the course is full or if you are still getting errors, please request enrollment.

Enrollment request


For advising questions, please contact us.

College of Arts and Sciences majors

Secondary Education Chemistry majors

Students majoring in chemistry are encouraged, but not required, to minor in physics, mathematics or biology.

Chemistry major or minor requirements:

  • Make an advising appointment to declare your major or minor.
  • If you major is in chemistry, complete your last 14 credit hours in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University.
  • If your minor is in chemistry, include at least one course that contains a laboratory experience.
  • If you have chosen any chemistry major, successfully completing CHEM 4360: Physical Chemistry Laboratory will satisfy your Baccalaureate Writing Requirement.

Chemistry placement

To ensure that you possess adequate skills in chemistry, you must have had one year of high school chemistry and meet one of the following requirements:  MATH ACT score of 24 or higher, successful completion of MATH 1110 with a grade of a C or higher, or placed into MATH 1180 or a higher level MATH course. If you do not meet these criteria, you must enroll in CHEM 1000 to build up your background in chemistry. If you have taken high school chemistry but not MATH 1110, you need only to take MATH 1110.

Graduate school

If you plan to attend graduate school in chemistry, we discourage you from taking courses under the credit-no credit option. If you fail to earn a grade of a C or better in CHEM 1120/1130, 3750/3760 and 4300, you may not enroll in courses requiring these classes as prerequisites.

Schedule an advising appointment

Make an advising appointment  Appointments with chemistry advisors are held in the Chemistry Satellite Office, 2220 Chemistry Building.

Undergraduate advisors

Undergraduate course descriptions are listed in the WMU catalog.

Graduate advising

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the WMU catalog.

Master's and doctoral students are to meet with the graduate advisor, Dr. Sherine Obare, for their curriculum requirements.