Updated: June 25, 2020
The following section includes information about Summer Sessions, Fall Semester 2020, and what we know to date about how instruction will be impacted by the Coronavirus, and the need for social distancing. Students in Chem 4A and 12A, we are still awaiting campus approval for possible partial in person laboratory instruction. We will email students when we have received this approval. For more information on the campus's plans for Fall 2020 instruction, please visit: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/
The College of Chemistry will be teaching CHEM 1A, CHEM 3A, CHEM 3AL, CHEM 3B and CHEM 32 during summer session 2020. We are not teaching CHEM 1AL or 3BL this summer. Additionally, we will not be teaching CHEM 115 this summer, as we have done the past few. At the request of Summer Sessions, all courses will be taught remotely, including CHEM 3AL. The deadline to add, drop, or withdraw from courses in Session C is July 2. The deadline to change your grading option for Session C courses is August 7.
We are offering all regular lower division chemistry courses this fall, including 1A, 1AL, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL, 4A, 12A and CHEM 32. Until we get confirmation from the Administration one way or the other, it is impossible to say which courses will be offered remotely, and which, if any, may be in person. As soon as that information is available, this page will be updated. Until then here is where things stand:
CHEM 1A and 1AL
Very few students are enrolled – the bulk of the enrollment in those courses comes during Freshmen enrollment in July.
CHEM 1A and 1AL FAQ's
Should I enroll even though labs are online?
Yes, otherwise your time to a degree could be very delayed. For large courses, it is hard to predict when we will be able to meet safely in person.
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.
Can I enroll through concurrent enrollment? Will there be spots available in the class?
In a normal year we have no room for concurrent enrollment. It's hard to anticipate what this Fall will bring. With that being said, we encourage our students to enroll in the lab course even though it will be online so that they don't delay their time to degree.
Please note: Section 004 will not be taught this fall semester.
CHEM 3A and 3AL
All labs are currently full for Chem 3AL. At this time there is no plan to add additional sections.
CHEM 3B and 3BL
All labs are currently full for Chem 3BL. At this time there is no plan to add additional sections..
Important dates to remember for Fall 2020
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 FOR NEW STUDENTS
Starts: July 14 (transfer students)
Starts: July 16 (freshman)
PHASE 1 (for continuing students)
Starts: April 13
Ends: June 12
PHASE 2 (for continuing students)
Starts: July 20
Ends: August 16
Starts: August 17
Starts: August 26
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
The following is general information about chemistry courses for non-majors:
Department of Chemistry
Information on this page refers to Fall 2020
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 Fall 2020 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 email@example.com
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.