Enrollment Information for Non-Chemistry Majors

FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT INFO

Non-Chemistry 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 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

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

ADJUSTMENT PERIOD

Starts: August 17

CLASSES BEGIN

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

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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

Summer and Fall 2020 info coming soon

Questions?

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