Advising

Students conducting an experiment.Students in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University must meet regularly with a Department of Chemistry advisor during posted hours to ensure completion of all graduation requirements. It is each student's responsibility to schedule appointments in a timely manner to meet graduation deadlines in the academic calendar. Students can find course offerings for a specific term.  The undergraduate catalog provides course descriptions as well as department and program information for major and minor options.

Undergraduate Advising | Chemistry Major or Minor Requirements | Placement | Enrollment Tips | Graduate advising

Undergraduate advising

Schedule an advising appointment

Students should meet with a chemistry advisor for questions regarding the undergraduate program:

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry major or minor requirements
  • Secondary Education, Chemistry major or minor requirements

For general education requirements, meet with a College of Arts and Sciences advisor.
For general education, pre-professional and professional education requirements, meet with a College of Education and Human Development advisor.

Appointments with chemistry advisors are held in the Chemistry Satellite Office, 2220 Chemistry Building. After clicking the button, select the name of the advisor and fill out the form to schedule an appointment.

Make an advising appointment 

Undergraduate advisors

Chemistry major or minor requirements:

  • Make an advising appointment to declare your major or minor.

  • If your 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.

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

Chemistry placement

To ensure that you possess adequate skills in chemistry, you must have had one year of high school chemistry; otherwise you must enroll in CHEM 1000 to build up your background in chemistry.  In addition, you must meet one of the following math requirements:  MATH ACT score of 25 or higher, successful completion of MATH 1110 (Algebra II) with a grade of a C or higher, or placed into MATH 1180 (Precalculus) or a higher level MATH course.  If you have taken high school chemistry but not MATH 1110, you only need to take MATH 1110 before enrolling in CHEM 1100/1110.

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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

Graduate advising

If you plan to attend graduate school in chemistry, we discourage you from taking courses under the credit-no credit option.  Graduate course descriptions are listed in the WMU catalog.

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