Chemistry Course Information

Course permits

To request permission to register for a closed or restricted undergraduate CHEM course, please complete the google form linked here to be added to a waitlist.  You will be notified via email if/when an opening becomes available.

 

If you would like to receive a permit to enroll in a graduate level CHEM course, please obtain permission from the instructor via email and forward the approval to chemugrad@sas.upenn.edu.  You will receive an email instructing you to claim your permit when it has been issued.

Organic Chemistry Laboratory Changes

Starting Fall 2020, Chem 245: Experimental Organic Chemistry (1 c.u.) will be replaced with two 0.5 c.u. courses, Chem 244 Experimental Organic Chemistry I, a basic laboratory course where modern chromatographic, instrumental, and spectroscopic techniques are applied to experimental organic chemistry, and Chem 249 Experimental Organic Chemistry  II, a continuation of Chem 244, where the techniques introduced and practiced in Experimental Organic Chemistry I are applied to a variety of organic reactions and multistep syntheses.
 
This change is motivated by our desire to make the organic laboratory course a more positive experience, and to link it more closely to the Chem 241/242 lecture courses.  Chem 245 will no longer be offered.
 
If you are enrolling in Chem 241, Organic Chemistry I, during or after Fall 2020, you must co-enroll with Chem 244 if your major, planned major, or planned professional school (e.g., medical school) requires Organic Chemistry Lab.  And starting in Spring 2021, if you are enrolling in Chem 242, Organic Chemistry II, you must co-enroll with Chem 249 if your major, planned major, or planned professional school (e.g., medical school) requires Organic Chemistry Lab. Students who have not yet taken Chem 244 should do so with Chem 242 and then take Chem 249 the following semester.
 
If you already started or finished the Organic Chemistry lecture sequence (Chem 241/242) prior to Fall 2020, you may take the Experimental Organic Chemistry sequence (244/249) through Spring 2022. This (Spring 2022) will be the last semester that the laboratory courses will be offered as stand alone courses. The courses must be taken sequentially and not concurrently.  Beginning Fall 2023, the only way to take the organic lab will be as part of a newly designed 1.5 cu organic chemistry sequence (course numbers TBA) that will include lecture and lab. 

Please contact either Dr. Jennifer Rutherford, the Course Instructor (rutherfj@sas.upenn.edu), the Chemistry Undergraduate Coordinator (Ms. Candice Adams, chemugrad@sas.upenn.edu) or the Undergraduate Chair (Professor Winkler, winkler@upenn.edu) if you have any questions. 

You can find the courses that the Chemistry Department regularly offers here:
You can find the current semester's roster of courses here: