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Chemistry Updates

Winter 2021 Classes

Last updated November 24, 2020 

USask is planning for course delivery that will be primarily remote online learning with extremely limited in-person instruction. Please see the University's website https://covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php for current policies and guidelines.

CHEM 1XX: All first-year lectures and labs in Winter 2021 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.

CHEM 2XX/3XX/4XX: Most 2XX-level and higher lectures and labs in Winter 2021 will be delivered remotely and primarily synchronously, i.e. live at the scheduled time, with the following exceptions:

  • All students enrolled in CHEM 369 (Synthetic Chemistry Practicum) and CHEM 435 (Chemical Applications of Group Theory) will attend in-person instruction
  • All students enrolled in the research courses (CHEM 380, 482, and 483) may attend in-person laboratories in consultation with their faculty supervisor

Time conflict overrides in 2XX, 3XX, and 4XX –level lectures are subject to the approval of the instructor and department head, but will not be given for labs.

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 leave a voicemail at 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.

2020 Newsletter

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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 17, 2020 (Term 1) and January 18, 2021 (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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