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University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
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Current Student - FAQ

Selecting Courses

Q. I am a Chemistry major. What courses do I need to take?

Q. Chemistry is my minor. What courses do I need to take?

Q. I am unsure about what courses to take. Where do I go for help?

Q. Where can I find out more about the courses available from the Department of Chemistry?

Registering for Courses

Q. How do I access Student Centre to register for courses?

Q. I need help selecting or changing my major. Where can I go for help?

Q. How do I drop or withdraw from a course?

Q. How do I take a course for the third time?

Q. How do I register for the lab safety course?

Q. How do I register in CHEM 402/502?

Q. How can I get a pre-requisite waived?

Q. The CHEM XXX lecture conflicts with my BIO course. Can I be exempted from the lecture?

Labs

Q. The labs in the CHEM course I need are full. Can the lab be overloaded?

Q. How do I get a lab exemption?

Q. What if I do not qualify for a lab exemption?

Q. I was sick and missed a lab/midterm. What should I do?

Q. How do I dress appropriately for my labs?

Q. Why do I pay breakage and/or late checkout fees?

Course Equivalencies from Other Universities

Q. I took CHEM XXX at a different university. Is it equivalent to your CHEM XXX?

Q. Can I take CHEM XXX at Athabasca University and still receive credit?

Exams

Q. I am not happy with my lab mark/midterm mark. How can I appeal my grade?

Q. I am not happy with my final grade. How can I appeal my grade?

Q. Can I get a copy of the final exam I wrote?

Q. I have a learning disability. How do I get special provisions for my exam?

Advising

Q. I need help selecting courses. Where can I go?

Q. I need help selecting or changing my major. Where can I go for help?

Fees

Q. I have questions about tuition. Who do I talk to?

Q. I am an international student. Can you explain the differential fees and why I need to pay them?

More Questions

Q. I have questions not covered by this FAQ. Where can I go for more answers?


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Selecting Courses

Q. I am a Chemistry major. What courses do I need to take?

A. Descriptions of the specific courses required for a degree in Chemistry are available through the Department's programs section of the University of Calgary calendar. Degree requirements vary by program. Students are encouraged to visit with an advisor in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Science Centre early in their programs for advice on program and course selection.

Q. Chemistry is my minor. What courses do I need to take?

A. Students in the Chemistry Minor should regularly consult with the Undergraduate Program Director to ensure their studies remain on track. Information about the Minor Program and links to the calendar description of the program can be found by clicking here.

Q. I am unsure about what courses to take. Where do I go for help?

A. Questions regarding chemistry courses specifically can be directed to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator by email at chem.undergrad@ucalgary.ca. More general inquiries should be directed to the Undergraduate Science Centre.

Q. Where can I find out more about the courses available from the Department of Chemistry?

A. Questions regarding chemistry courses specifically can be directed to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator by email at chem.undergrad@ucalgary.ca. Course descriptions are also available from the University of Calgary calendar.


Registering for Courses

Q. How do I access Student Centre to register for courses?

A. Access to Student Centre is made through MyUofC. You will require your UCID and password. Should you experience difficulties, please check with IT Services.

Q. I need help selecting or changing my major. Where can I go for help?

A. Again, assistance of this kind is best found by consulting with an adviser in the Undergraduate Science Centre.

Q. How do I drop or withdraw from a course?

A. To drop:
Prior to the registration deadline, students can drop a course online from MyUofC and have the course(s) removed from permanent record and will not be required to pay fees for the course(s).

To withdraw:
After the registration deadline, student will have the withdrawal recorded on their permanent record and will receive no fee refund.
Students not eligible to withdraw via MyUofC using their online Student Centre must withdraw by completing a Change of Registration form and obtaining approval from Undergraduate Science Centre.

Please note you must also contact your Chemistry TA to withdraw from your lab section. Failure to check-out will result in a $30.00 late check-out fee.

Q. How do I take a course for the third time?

A. To inquire about taking a course for the third time, please email our Undergraduate Director Dr. Farideh Jalilehvand. Include your UCID, full name, and reason for your request. In your letter, you should attempt to address what you feel were the reasons behind your lack of success in your prior two attempts, and what you would do differently that would give the department some assurance that you would be successful if allowed a third attempt.

Q. How do I register for the lab safety course?

A. The lab safety course is now running on the Enterprise Learning system and students can self-enroll. The course is open to anyone interested and you can take it at any time of the year, but it must be completed before you attend your labs. To register please click here. For further information on the lab safety course please see our FAQ guide. Please contact Sarah Boschman (403-220-5341) in the main chemistry office (SA 229) should you require assistance.

Q. How do I register in CHEM 402/502?

A. To register in CHEM 402/502 please visit SA 229 and speak with our Undergraduate Program Coordinator. No appointment is required. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm. The Undergraduate Program Coordinator will check your prerequisites and then complete a permission form with you will get your supervisor to sign.

Q. How can I get a pre-requisite waived?

A. The Department of Chemistry does not normally waive prerequisites. You may contact Dr. Farideh Jalilehvand for the CHEM program or Dr. David Cramb for the NANS program.

Q. The CHEM XXX lecture conflicts with my BIO course. Can I be exempted from the lecture?

A. For a time conflict you will need to visit the Undergraduate Science Centre.


Labs

Q. The labs in the CHEM course I need are full. Can the lab be overloaded?

A. The labs cannot be overloaded once they’re full for safety reasons. Waitlists are available for many of our courses so please register in the waitlist. For courses without a waitlist (CHEM 201/203) please wait until you see an opening in the course.

Q. How do I get a lab exemption?

A. To enquire about a lab exemption, please visit SA 229 and speak with our Undergraduate Program Coordinator. No appointment is required. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm.

Chemistry 201/203/211/213/351/353/209/311/315/371/331/333/453/471

  • Students wanting lab exemption from any of the above courses must have taken the course at the UofC and completed all the labs within the last 2 academic years and achieved a minimum mark of 75% on the labs.  The lab grade achieved on the previous attempt will be carried forward.
  • Students who have received a lab grade of 75% or better will request a lab exemption by signing a “Lab Exemption Form” with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in SA 229 before the drop deadline. The Undergraduate Program Coordinator will process the lab exemption and notify the appropriate instructor of the student’s lab grade.

The deadline for applying for lab exemption is the drop deadline date for the course in which the student is registered. We are not able to approve or process lab exemption requests past the drop deadline.

NOTE:  Students registered in CHEM 201 can use their lab grade from CHEM 211 and students registered in CHEM 203 can use their lab grade from CHEM 213. CHEM 373 is by department consent.

  • The above rule is not applicable to Chemistry 515/575/555
  • Students who are lab exempt are still responsible for the laboratory content, as it could appear on exams or assignments.

Q. What if I do not qualify for a lab exemption?

A. If you do not qualify for a lab exemption you will need to repeat the labs. This is a policy the department is firm on.

Q. I was sick and missed a lab/midterm. What should I do?

A. If you were sick and missed a lab/tutorial, the University Calendar states: “Any student who is absent from a test or fails to complete a laboratory assignment or similar work for legitimate reasons must discuss an alternative course of action with the instructor. The regulations covering such circumstances are outlined in the sections titled E.3 Attendance and G.7 Deferral of Term Work in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar. Notification of such eventualities must be given to the instructor within 48 hours.” For more information on university policies, please visit the University of Calgary Calendar page.

Q. How do I dress appropriately for my labs?

A.  Laboratory dress regulations are as follows:

  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times when in the laboratory. Those wearing contact lenses run the risk of more serious injury to their eyes in the event of a foreign body or chemical contaminating the eye. It is strongly recommended that contact lenses should not be worn in the lab (i.e. wear contact lenses at your own risk).  If contact lenses must be worn, safety goggles must be worn over them.
  • Full-length long-sleeved laboratory coats must be worn at all times when in the laboratory.
  • Your feet and legs should be covered. Pants or skirts that do not completely cover the legs are prohibited in the laboratory. Shoes that do not completely cover the feet are prohibited in the laboratory. (This means no shorts, no skirts higher than floor length, no sandals, no open-toe shoes, no canvas slip-on style shoes that leave the top of the foot uncovered, etc.).
  • No hats are allowed.
  • Long hair should be tied back so that it does not become entangled in apparatus or hang in Bunsen flames. Your fingers and arms should be free of rings or bracelets.
  • Do not wear your laboratory coat in common eating or meeting areas after using it in the laboratory.

Q. Why do I pay breakage and/or late checkout fees?

A. Information on breakage and/or late checkout fees, please reference our Breakage Fee Information Sheet


Course Equivalencies from Other Universities

Q. I took CHEM XXX at a different university. Is it equivalent to your CHEM XXX?

A. To find out if the CHEM course you took is equivalent to a UofC CHEM course, please email Dr. Farideh Jalilehvand, our Undergraduate Director at ahugchem@ucalgary.ca. Include in your email your full name, UCID, and full course descriptions. Course outlines/syllabuses are most helpful.

Q. Can I take CHEM XXX at Athabasca University and still receive credit?

A. You may take CHEM XXX at Athabasca and still receive credit as long as you complete a Letter of Permission through your Student Centre prior to taking the course at Athabasca. Contact the Undergraduate Science Centre. if your request is urgent.

The CHEM courses which are equivalent are:

U of C Course

CHEM 201

CHEM 203

BCHEM 341
(taken through the Bio Dept.)

CHEM 311

CHEM 321

CHEM 351

CHEM 353

Athabasca Equivalent

CHEM 217

CHEM 218

CHEM 301

CHEM 311

CHEM 330

CHEM 350

CHEM 360

Once you have a final grade for your course, submit your transcript to Enrolment Services for credit


Exams

Q. I am not happy with my lab mark/midterm mark. How can I appeal my grade?

A. To appeal graded term work (ie. lab/midterm marks), the University of Calgary calendar states, “The student shall discuss the work with the instructor within fifteen days of being notified about the mark or of the item’s return to the class.”

Q. I am not happy with my final grade. How can I appeal my grade?

A. If a student isn’t happy with a final grade and wishes to appeal it, the Department of Chemistry would prefer that students speak to their instructors first. If the student is still not satisfied, according to the University of Calgary calendar, “Students wishing a reappraisal of a final grade (excluding law courses) must submit their request by the following dates: Fall term – March 1, Winter term – June 30, Spring term – August 15, Summer term – October 15.”

The Reappraisal of Final Grade form can be found on the Enrollment Services website. Please note that a reappraisal of final grade means that your grade can go up, go down or stay the same.

Q. Can I get a copy of the final exam I wrote?

A. To attain a copy of your final exam, please visit SA 229. Chemistry final exams are kept in the main office (SA 229) for a period of 4 months after the release of official grades. Students can obtain a photocopy of their finals at a cost of $3.00 per exam. Please note that in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, students must present their University I.D. cards in order to get a copy of their exam. Please note that copies will not be made for deferred exams.

Q. I have a learning disability. How do I get special provisions for my exam?

A. To get special provisions for an exam, you need to register with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  They are located in MSC 452.  More info is on their website at http://ucalgary.ca/access.


Advising

Q. I need help selecting courses. Where can I go?

A.  Questions regarding chemistry courses specifically can be directed to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator by email at chem.undergrad@ucalgary.ca. More general inquiries should be directed to the Undergraduate Science Centre.

Q. I need help selecting or changing my major. Where can I go for help?

A. Again, assistance of this kind is best found by consulting with an advisor in the Undergraduate Science Centre.


Fees

Q. I have questions about tuition. Who do I talk to?

A. Because tuition fees are subject to regular review and adjustment, we recommend that you consult the University of Calgary's Tuition and General Fees page. You must pay the amount of your tuition plus applicable general fees every semester. Questions regarding fees should be directed to Enrolment Services.

Q. I am an international student. Can you explain the differential fees and why I need to pay them?

A.  The differential applies to students who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. The Alberta Government funds University operations for Canadian students, so International Students are charged the differential to make up the Government's portion of expenses. A full explanation of the policy can be found in the University of Calgary calendar.


More Questions

Q. I have questions not covered by this FAQ. Where can I go for more answers?

A. Further questions can be directed to the Department of Chemistry by email at chem.undergrad@ucalgary.ca.