Enrollment Information for Non-Chemistry Majors

ENROLLMENT INFO

Updated: April 30, 2021

The following section includes information about Summer and Fall 2021. All plans are contingent upon public health conditions at the time of their implementation and are subject to change. For more information on the campus's plans for pandemic instruction, please visit: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/

Summer 2021

All Chemistry Summer 2021 courses will be taught using remote instruction except for Chem 115. We are offering all of our regular summer courses: CHEM 1A, 1AL, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL, 32, and 115. If you are waitlisted for a Summer class that is a prerequisite for another course that you plan to take in the Fall, the system will not allow you to enroll in the Fall course. If you email Lucia Briggs and/or Natalie Johnson (luciab@berkeley.edu; njohnson614@berkeley.edu), we may be able to give you a permission number for the Fall so that you can enroll in case you get off the Summer waitlist.

CHEM 1A and 1AL FAQ's

What does the online version of Chem 1AL lab entail?

The provided materials will vary from experiment to experiment. In general there will be slides with descriptions, question photos, videos and data. Enough material will be provided so that you can complete a lab report at the end.

Fall 2021

We are offering all regular lower division chemistry courses this fall, including 1A, 1AL, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL, 4A, 12A and CHEM 32. 

The first week of all classes will be delivered remotely to give students and instructors time to get tested after returning for the fall semester. While these guidelines are currently under review, it is anticipated that some amount of testing will be required in the fall. After the first week, we expect most sections and labs to be held in-person. The main exception is classes with enrollments of 200 or more students (lecture courses). 

In order to aid those students who for one reason or another will not be able to attend in-person classes this Fall, we are also reserving one Chem 1A section and one Chem 1AL, 3AL, and 3BL lab for remote learning. The following section/labs will be remote and asynchronous:
Chem 1A: section 452 on Thursday evenings 5-6 pm
Chem 1AL: lab 324 on Wednesday evenings 6-9 pm
Chem 3AL: lab 312 on Wednesday 1-5 pm
Chem 3BL: lab 312 on Wednesday 1-5 pm
We have set the enrollment limits very low for this section and these labs, and made the waitlist capacities much larger than usual. We've done this so that we can manually enroll students to ensure that those who actually need to be in a remote lab get priority.
If you need to take your 1A section or 1AL/3AL/3BL lab remotely for some reason (you'll be in another country with a different timezone etc.), you should get on the waitlist for the remote section/lab listed above and email Natalie Johnson (njohnson614@berkeley.edu) for 1A and 1AL or Lucia Briggs (luciab@berkeley.edu) for 3AL/3BL once you do so. In your email, please include your SID and let Natalie or Lucia know why you need to be enrolled in a remote section/lab and we will manually enroll you. If you are already enrolled in or waitlisted for another lab/section, please take a screenshot of your enrollment before switching to the remote lab/section waitlist. If you are already enrolled in/waitlisted for the remote section/labs listed above, you do not need to drop out of that lab/section and switch to a different one. You are welcome to stay in that section/lab- the only reason you should switch to a different one is if you do not want to be in a remote lab/section.

Important dates to remember for Fall 2021

Note: the start dates below are general - your own appointment begins with your own start date, and goes through the end of the Phase.

ENROLLMENT PERIOD

PHASE 1 (for continuing students)

Starts: April 26
Ends:  June 11

PHASE 2 (for continuing students)

Starts:  July 19
Ends:  August 15

ADJUSTMENT PERIOD

Starts: August 16

CLASSES BEGIN

Starts: August 25


Class Time Conflicts

The Chemistry Department does not allow for time conflicts between any classes, except if one is webcast. Your attendance and participation in regular lectures, discussions and labs is required. Students are also responsible for avoiding conflicts with any evening exams.

As always, it is the student's responsibility to plan their schedule carefully. Departments and faculty are not required or expected to accommodate student's schedule conflicts, and the Instructor of Record may decline to enroll or Instructor Drop a student from a class if they cannot be present for all scheduled activities.

If you need a time conflict override with a webcast course, please contact the enrollment manager, Lucia Briggs


General Info

The following is general information about chemistry courses for non-majors:

Department of Chemistry

This webpage is designed to give you the latest information on the lower division courses offered by the College of Chemistry. It will cover basic information, as well as enrolling and/or waitlisting for the Chemistry courses you wish to take. Hopefully it will answer many of your questions, and give you information on what to expect over the months between now and the start of the Spring 2021 semester. For up to date information on course and section availability, see the schedule of classes. For any questions that are not answered, contact:

Lucia R. Briggs
Program Administrator & Enrollment Manager
332 Latimer Hall, #1460
(510) 643-9939 or luciab@berkeley.edu

The number of laboratory sections in each class is set, and we do not anticipate opening any additional sections. It has happened occasionally in the past, but it's not typical. If a new section is opened and you are on the waitlist, you will be contacted. All waitlisted students will be contacted in the last week before classes start, and informed of their options, and the likelihood that they will eventually get enrolled in a lab.

Prerequisites are checked either electronically or manually. If you do not meet the prerequisite for a class by the first day of classes, you will be dropped from the class.

The courses covered on this webpage are:

CHEM 1A, 1AL
CHEM 3A, 3AL
CHEM 3B, 3BL
CHEM 4A
CHEM 12A

CHEM 1A and 1AL

General Chemistry and General Chemistry Lab for Non-Majors

  • The administrative management of CHEM 1A and 1AL is done by Natalie Johnson, in 330 Latimer.  If you have any questions about your enrollment, the waitlist, section switches, please contact her at njohnson614@berkeley.edu.

Prerequisite: High School Chemistry is recommended, but not required.
Note: If you have scored a 4 or 5 on the Chemistry AP Exam, you are exempt from 1A and 1AL, and may enroll directly into CHEM 3A and 3AL.

  • CHEM 1A and 1AL may be taken concurrently or in different semesters. If taken separately, 1A must be taken first, and passed with a C- or better for the student to be eligible to take 1AL.
  • Because of the required discussion section component, you should plan to enroll in the Lecture (CHEM 1A) first, in Phase 1, before enrolling in CHEM 1AL.
  • CHEM 1A Extra  (section 004): This section of CHEM 1A is by Instructor Consent only.
  • In CHEM 1AL, sign up for the lab section that fits your schedule; lab section swaps are discouraged. The ONLY exception to that is if you are swapping with another person. In that case, both students must come together to meet with Natalie Johnson in 330 Latimer, and she will facilitate the swap.
  • If you are enrolled in 1AL, but are not concurrently enrolled in 1A or have not passed 1A with a C- or better, then you must plan to either enroll in 1A or be dropped from 1AL.  In this circumstance, you will not be eligible to take the lab class.

CHEM 1AL Waitlist:  If you are still on the waitlist a week before classes begin in the fall, you will be contacted with instructions on how to try and enroll in person during the first week of class.


CHEM 3A and 3AL

1st Semester Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Lab for Non-Majors.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1A is the prerequisite for 3A, 1AL is the prerequisite for 3AL, and CHEM 4A can be used as the prerequisite for CHEM 3A and 3AL (with a passing grade of a C- or better). If you have passed the chemistry AP exam with either a 4 or a 5, you may enroll directly into CHEM 3A and 3AL.

Drop Deadline: CHEM 3A is an EDD (Early Drop Deadline) class. The last day to drop the class is the Friday of the second week of classes, September 4, 2020.

  • If you plan to take both classes, enroll in 3AL in Phase 1, as that is the more difficult course to get into. 3A normally still has space when Phase 2 starts.
  • CHEM 3A and 3AL may be taken concurrently or in different semesters. If taken separately, 3A must be taken first, and passed with a C- or better for the student to be eligible to take 3AL. If taken concurrently, if the student fails 3A, they must repeat it and pass with a C- or better before going on to CHEM 3B.
  • Enroll in the lab section that best fits your schedule. You may switch CHEM 3AL sections until the end of Phase 2. After the start of the adjustment period, you may only swap sections if you are switching with someone. In that case BOTH students must come together to see Lucia Briggs in 332 Latimer Hall to facilitate the switch.

CHEM 3AL Waitlist: If you are still on the waitlist a week before classes begin in the fall, you will be contacted with instructions on how to try and enroll in person during the first week of class.

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CHEM 3B and 3BL

2nd Semester Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Lab for Non-Majors.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3A is the prerequisite for 3B, 3AL is the prerequisite for 3BL, and CHEM 12A may be used as the prerequisite for 3B/3BL (with a passing grade of C- or better).

Drop Deadline: CHEM 3B is an EDD (Early Drop Deadline) class. The last day to drop the class is the Friday,of the second week of classes, September 4, 2020.

  • If you plan to take both 3B and 3BL, you should enroll in 3BL in Phase 1, as that is the more difficult course to get into. 3B normally still has space when Phase 2 starts.
  • CHEM 3B and 3BL may be taken concurrently or in different semesters. If taken separately, 3B must be taken first, and passed with a C- or better for the student to be eligible to take 3BL.
  • Enroll in the lab section that you can fit into your schedule. If you are enrolled in a section, you may switch sections up until the end of Phase 2. After the start of the adjustment period, you may only swap sections if you are switching with someone. In that case BOTH students must come together to see Lucia Briggs in 332 Latimer Hall to facilitate the switch.

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CHEM 4A

General Chemistry for Majors

Only College of Chemistry majors may enroll in CHEM 4A through the end of Phase 2. If you wish to take 4A and you are not a CoC student, enroll in CHEM 1A and 1AL. When the Adjustment period begins, you may try and swap out of 1AL and into 4A. It is suggested that you swap 1AL for 4A, because if the swap is unsuccessful, you will still be enrolled in CHEM 1A.

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CHEM 12A

1st Semester Organic Chemistry for Majors

Only College of Chemistry majors may enroll in CHEM 12A through the end of Phase 2. If you wish to take 12A and you are not a CoC student, enroll in CHEM 3A and 3AL. When the Adjustment period begins, you may try and swap out of 3AL and into 12A. It is suggested that you swap 3AL for 12A, because if the swap is unsuccessful, you will still be enrolled in CHEM 3A.

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Notes from the Enrollment Manager

If you have specific questions about late adds, drops, or changing your grading options in a chemistry class this semester, please email the Enrollment Manager at luciab@berkeley.edu. Otherwise, please contact an adviser in your own college for information and instructions.

Questions?

Contact Lucia R. Briggs, Program Administrator & Enrollment Manager in 332 Latimer Hall, #1460. (510) 643-9939 or luciab@berkeley.edu.