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 course descriptions are listed in the WMU catalog.
Schedule an advising appointment
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.
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.
For advising questions, please contact us.
College of Arts and Sciences majors
- For major or minor requirements, meet with a Department of Chemistry advisor.
- For general education requirements, meet with a College of Arts and Sciences advisor.
Secondary Education Chemistry majors
- Meet with a chemistry advisor for major or minor requirements.
- Meet with a College of Education and Human Development advisor for your general education, pre-professional and professional education requirements.
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 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.
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.
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. Sherine Obare, for their curriculum requirements.