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Chemistry Undergrad Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Forms:

You can complete a Prerequisite Override form in Lionpath. If approved, you will be able to add yourself to the class or the waitlist if there are no seats available in the class.

Instructions regarding requesting prerequisite overrides are available on the LionPATH Support site.

You will need to complete a Prerequisite Override form in Lionpath. The Undergrad Office will confirm with the instructor of the course you are wishing to remain in that you are in good standing. If the instructor approves we will approve this request.

Instructions regarding requesting prerequisite overrides are available on the LionPATH Support site.

Email undergrad@chem.psu.edu for the form.

If you have taken a course and/or late-dropped a course at least 2 times, this form will need completed and approved.

The Administrative Course Cancellation removes a course from your transcript and does not appear anywhere on your record.

You are eligible for an Administrative Course Cancellation if you have never participated or completed any work in the course you wish to remove. This must be approved by the instructor. 

This form is available upon request at 219 Whitmore Lab - if you need special accommodations, please email us at undergrad@chem.psu.edu

Candace Burns (cqb5994@psu.edu or stop by 216 Whitmore Lab)

Undergrad Chemistry Exams:

Undergrad Exam Coordinator, Shannon Chappell, (smg211@psu.edu or stop by 219 Whitmore Lab).

Additional Questions:

The Department of Chemistry values the safety of everyone participating in our labs so part of the enrollment process for the Undergraduate Research Courses is verifying that you are up to date on your safety trainings. Completion of the Chemistry Department Safety Requirements will need to be obtained prior to being enrolled and working in the labs. By staying up to date on these trainings you are learning good safety practices that will help you in the lab and in your future careers in chemistry!

Requirements are comprised of two components: The Chemistry Departmental Safety Quiz and The Office of Environmental Health and Safety’s Laboratory and Research Safety course. Details, instructions, and resources for completing these can be found here. The administration of these requirements is handled by C. Russel Saieva (crs56@psu.edu). Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Additional information about laboratory and research safety can be found through Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). 

 

If this is your first time enrolling in an Undergraduate Research course, you will be added to a Canvas page to access the safety quiz.

If you have been enrolled in an Undergraduate Research course before, please be mindful that your EHS training will need to be refreshed every year, so you are up to date.

Once these have been completed, please return certificates to C. Russel Saieva (crs56@psu.edu) to keep on file for the department. He will notify the Undergraduate Office that you are up to date on your trainings and are able to begin working in the labs. The office will add you to your course as soon as possible and notify you.

If you ever have questions on your process you are always welcome to reach out to Candace Burns (cqb5994@psu.edu) who takes the lead on enrolling students in these courses.

We encourage chemistry majors to consider taking honors classes, participate in the honors program, and conduct research leading to a research thesis. More information can be found here.

Proctoring! We hire paid proctors each semester to work the Undergrad Chemistry Exams.

If you are interested in proctoring please contact Candace Burns (cqb5994@psu.edu).

Become a LA! Please see the Learning Assistant tab on our website: Teaching, Mentoring, & Outreach for more information.

Become a TA! Please see the Teaching Assistant tab on our website: Teaching, Mentoring, & Outreach for more information.

Utilize the Resource Room! 205 Whitmore Lab has TAs that hold office hours for different Chemistry Courses.

Talk with your TA for help.

Reach out to the Undergrad Office to see if they have private tutoring lists available (undergrad@chem.psu.edu).

Any other questions, please contact us at undergrad@chem.psu.edu or stop by 219 Whitmore Lab!