Chemistry and biochemistry learning community

The Chemistry and Biochemistry learning community brings together approximately 30 students interested in careers in the pure sciences or the health care professions. If you’re majoring in chemistry/biochemistry, forensics, or health professions, this community could be a great fit for you.

Common courses

Seats in certain high-demand, major-based classes will be reserved for chemistry and biochemistry learning community freshmen.  Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses, which you will attend with other members of your learning community. Visit priority enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising. Seats will be reserved in:

Fall semester:

CHM 151 - General Chemistry I 

Fundamental chemistry principles are presented at a level appropriate for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors. Students in the chemistry and biochemistry learning community will be enrolled in the same section of this course.

CHM 151L - General Chemistry I Lab 

This co-requisite course (with CHM 151) introduces students to important lab practices and the analysis of chemical unknowns.

Spring semester: 

CHM 152 - General Chemistry II 

This course is a continuation of CHM 151, in which fundamental chemistry principles are further investigated and presented. Students in the chemistry and biochemistry learning community can choose to be enrolled in the same section of this course.

CHM 152L - General Chemistry II Lab 

This co-requisite course (with CHM 152) introduces students to further information such as analytical chemistry, thermochemistry, pH and buffers, chemical kinetics, and spectrophotometry. 

Past activities and events

Each year, learning community residents work with residence hall staff to plan exciting and meaningful activities. Past events that were held in the chemistry and biochemistry learning community include:

Welcome gathering

Meet other learning community residents and discuss future activities and events.

Faculty dinner

Enjoy a nice dinner and discuss various topics with your professors.

Faculty research talks  

Learn about the types of research chemistry faculty perform. This is a great opportunity to meet all of your professors and possibly join a research group.

Chemistry department seminar series

Hear talks given by guest speakers, faculty, and graduate students about the work they do in chemistry.

Advising program

Discuss your schedule, future academic plans and career options with an expert in your field.