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Policies and Deadlines

See below for course deadlines, policies, and procedures for chemistry classes and labs.

General Policies

Petitions

For more information on how to request exceptions to University deadlines and policies (late add, late/retroactive withdrawal with or without a ‘W’, change of grading option, receiving course credit from a different university etc.), please visit the link here.  Please note that exceptions to the published university deadlines and policies are usually granted only in extenuating circumstances beyond your control (computer error, hospitalization, etc). Supporting documentation is usually required as part of a complete petition.

Waitlists

  • If a class you hope to add is full, get on the WebReg waitlist during your appointment time (waitlisting is only available during second pass).
  • The wait list sequence is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to enroll during your appointment time!
  • An automated computer program will move students off the WebReg waitlists and into classes as seats become available. It will run nightly through the end of the second week of the quarter (summer deadlines differ).
  • The program will send an automated message to your @ucsd email if you are added to the class via waitlist.

Further information regarding waitlists can be found here.

Email 

Check your @ucsd email regularly. Announcements about wait lists, schedule changes and cancellations, and lab safety exams are sent to your @ucsd account. For information on procedures for forwarding messages to an alternative email address, visit https://acms.ucsd.edu/

Major and Grade Policies

W grades

Effective Spring 2008, a student may receive a maximum of one "W" per course per Academic Senate Regulation 500(F)(C). If you are repeating a lecture course in which you previously received a "W", you must drop by Friday of Week 4 or complete the course. If you are repeating a chemistry lab in which you previously received a "W", you must drop before the end of the 2nd lab meeting. 

D grades

"D" grades are considered passing; you will receive units for a course in which you receive a "D".  Please note: Chemistry majors may only graduate with 1 "D" grade in upper division coursework.  

Repeating a class

You can only repeat classes in which you receive a "D" or an "F" grade. For information on how to repeat a class and eligability please visit Special Enrollment website.

If you wish to retake a course for the third time, you must contact your college for approval. 

P/NP vs. Letter Grade

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department requires that all students take their major required courswork for a letter grade. This includes all lower-division and upper-division major requirements, including those outside of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department (Physics, Math, Biology).  The only exception to this rule is for courses that do not offer a letter grade option (e.g. Special Studies courses).  The rule of thumb is: If the course is used to fulfill a major requirement, you must take it for a letter grade. 

Major GPA

All majors in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department are required to earn a minimum major GPA of 2.0. Majors with a major GPA below 2.0 will not be able to graduate.

48 Upper-Division Major Requirement

All majors in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department are required to complete a minimum of 48 upper-division units within the major at UCSD. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet this residency requirement, especially those who plan to take major upper-division coursework at another institution (e.g. via Study Abroad or another university).

Department Residency

All Chemistry/Biochemistry majors are required to complete at least six (6) upper-division courses within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet this residency requirement, especially those who plan to take major upper-division coursework at another institution (e.g. via Study Abroad or another university).

Lab Policies

If you will be taking a lab course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, please read below for important information. The deadlines below apply to the regular academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Please visit the Summer Session website for special summer deadlines.

Add/Drop Deadline

The deadline to add or to drop a CHEM lab course without a "W" is before the end of the second scheduled lab meeting. For MW labs, this means that you must drop before the FIRST Wednesday lab is completed; for TTh labs, you must drop before the FIRST Thursday lab is completed, in order to drop without a "W".

The deadline to drop a CHEM lab course with a "W" is Friday of 6th Week. 

For further information on "W" grades, please see: http://senate.ucsd.edu/Operating-Procedures/Senate-Manual/Regulations/501

Attendence

First Lab Meeting Attendence is MANDATORY – No exceptions!

Check the individual class schedules for first-day information. Students who miss the first 30 minutes of the first lab meeting of the quarter will be administratively dropped from the course. Come prepared to work: bring textbook, lab notebook, knee-length lab coat, closed shoes, and goggles.

Lab Safety Education and Safety Exam

Please see important information regarding lab safety education and the safety exam here: https://chemistry.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/teaching-labs/lab-safety/index.html

Fees

Students who enroll in CHEM lab courses are charged a lab fee assessed with Registration fees. The fees are:

CHEM 4
 $10  
 CHEM 7L, CHEM 7LM
$40
 CHEM 43AM, CHEM 100A, CHEM 105A, CHEM 105B
 $65
 CHEM 43A
$75
 CHEM 143B
$110
 CHEM 143C
 $155
 CHEM 100B
$156
 CHEM 108, CHEM 109, CHEM 123, CHEM 143D
$175 

General Deadlines

Add a lecture course Friday of 2nd Week
Add a chemistry lab  Before the end of second lab meeting*
Drop a chemistry lab without a "W" Before the end of the second lab meeting*
Drop a chemistry lab with a "W" Friday of 6th Week 
Drop a lecture course without a "W" Friday of 4th week
Drop a lecture course with a "W" Friday of 6th week 
Submit CHEM 99/199 form online Friday of Week 1 of the quarter you will be conducting research

 

*Please note: the deadline to add/drop LAB COURSES differs from the add/drop deadlines for all other courses! 

See the current Enrollment & Registration Calendar for specific deadline dates.