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Undergraduate Program

Advising

Questions? A member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee is always a good start, but students should also feel free to speak with other professors. Your chemistry professors are perhaps your most indispensable resource for information about chemistry as a profession and the Undergraduate Chemistry Program at the University of Rochester. Talk to them. Peer advisors, graduate students and postdoctoral students may also provide information and invaluable guidance about future careers. Planning a course load that does not cut off your options for majors, as well as discussing your interests and goals with your professors, will undoubtedly make your educational experience at the University of Rochester both enjoyable and profitable.

There is an Advising Week each semester with available open advising hours for faculty and staff.  We also welcome you to stop by and visit the Undergraduate Studies Office (Hutchison 404D) anytime during normal business hours.

The Department of Chemistry also has other advising resources for students including:

If you are looking to declare a major/minor or transfer/repeat a course, visit our course policy page.

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Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC)

In the Department of Chemistry the Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC) serves as academic advisors and handles undergraduate student concerns, including:

  • Declaration of a major or minor
  • Petitions for waiver or substitution of program requirements
  • Other curriculum or program questions

All USC committee members are "authorized signatures" for required paperwork to declare a major or minor in chemistry. Requests for transfer of credit should be directed to the undergraduate program coordinator.

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Peer Advisors

Our current chemistry peer advisors are all chemistry majors in their senior year and have gone through training with the College Center for Advising Services. They can help students with:

  • Declaring a major
  • Making connections with faculty
  • Reviewing research opportunities
  • Exploring study abroad options

If they can't answer your question, they are happy to point you in the right direction! See the peer advisor page to get started.

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Research Advisors

The Department of Chemistry provides a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research programs during the academic year and the summer. Faculty members welcome undergraduates in their research groups and usually arrange a close collaboration with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Two semesters of CHM 393: Senior Research are required for the BS degree and are optional for the BA degree. Students also have the option of doing CHM 395: Independent Research. Either way, students will register with a faculty member, who will serve as their research advisor.

For more information, please see:

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