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The Department of Chemistry and the University of Saskatchewan offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate student programs, coupled with research opportunities spanning all the major sub-disciplines of chemistry as well as a number of emerging interdisciplinary areas. We invite you to browse our website and welcome inquires for further information.

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2021 Newsletter

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Fall 2021

Students registering in CHEM 1XX:

First year lectures and labs will be delivered remotely. The remote lectures and labs will be a combination of live online sessions/tutorials, posted online videos, and/or virtual lab simulations. Information related to course content, labs, remote learning, and evaluation will be made available in the course outline close to the first day of classes.

First year lectures will be delivered asynchronously, i.e. recorded and posted online; however, labs will be delivered synchronously, i.e. live at the scheduled time. Time conflict overrides for labs will not be given.

Students registering in CHEM 250:

Lectures will be delivered remotely, and labs will be face-to-face on campus.

Students registering in CHEM 90, 2XX (other than 250), 3XX, and 4XX:

Lectures and labs will be held face-to-face on campus. The exception will be the weekly seminar series, CHEM 402, which will be held remotely.

Winter 2022

All lectures and labs are expected to be delivered face-to-face on campus. See the University of Saskatchewan’s website, https://covid19.usask.ca/, for current guidelines and announcements.

Graduate Program - for inquiries on registration in the Chemistry graduate program, contact Amber Bornhorst by email (amber.bornhorst@usask.ca) or leave a voicemail at 306-966-4720.

Undergraduate Program - for inquiries about overrides, prerequisite waivers, department approval, and general registration in Chemistry courses, contact Erin Wasylow by email (erin.wasylow@usask.ca) or phone 306-966-4655.

Academic Advising - for assistance in choosing appropriate Chemistry courses or general questions about Chemistry programs, email chem.dept@usask.ca to request a meeting with a faculty advisor.

Chemistry 112/114/115 Registration Problems?

The Department of Chemistry, including all instructors and staff, does not process overrides for lecture and lab spots. All registrations must be done through available lecture and lab spots on PAWS. Due to safety regulations, there are a fixed number of lab spots for each chemistry course. A chemistry course has reached maximum capacity when all lab spots have been filled, even though there may be available lectures spots listed on PAWS. Once a chemistry course has reached maximum capacity, no overrides can be given for either a lab or a lecture spot since this will result in breaking safety regulations.

If you qualify for a lab exemption, please contact the appropriate lab manager for the course (Chem 112/114/115 - firstyear.chem@usask.ca) and Chem 250/255 (marcelo.sales@usask.ca).

Students wishing to register must check PAWS regularly to see if any spots open up. It is common that other students decide to switch labs and/or drop the course in the first few weeks, and you are advised to continue checking PAWS in order to find a spot that may become available.

If your schedule is more flexible, you may try to register for either Term 1 or 2 or spring/summer offerings (summer offerings usually become available in February).

The deadlines for students to add classes are September 16, 2021 (Term 1) and January 18, 2022 (Term 2), so there is plenty of time to register if spaces become available. Remember to check PAWS often!

Prerequisites for Chemistry 112

The prerequisites for Chemistry 112 are Chemistry 30 or Chemistry 90 or Chemistry 100 and (Mathematics B30 or Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30). Prerequisites and corequisites have been established by the college after thorough examination of courses and programs. Therefore, a prerequisite will normally be waived only if an equivalent alternative learning experience can be identified. Please see the following sites for information about taking Chemistry 30 by night classes or cyber school:

If you have an identifiable equivalent learning experience that you would like to have considered by the course coordinator, please fill out a Prerequisite and Corequisite Waiver/Substitution Form, and drop it off at the Chemistry office (Thorvaldson Building, Room 165).

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