Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting courses

Descriptions of courses required are available through the University of Calgary calendar. Degree requirements vary by program. Students are encouraged to visit an advisor in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Science Centre early in their program for advice on course selection.

Students taking a chemistry minor should regularly consult with the undergraduate program director to ensure their studies remain on track. Information about the minor program can be found by clicking here.

Questions regarding chemistry courses can be directed to the Undergraduate Science Centre (USC) at General inquiries should be directed to the Undergraduate Science Centre. Course descriptions are also available through the University of Calgary calendar.

Registering for courses

Access to Student Centre is made through My UCalgary portal. You will require your UCID and password. Should you experience difficulties, please contact IT Services.

Prior to the registration deadline, students can drop a course online from MyUofC and have the course(s) removed from permanent record and will not be required to pay fees for the course(s).

After the registration deadline, the withdrawal recorded on the student's permanent record. No fees be refunded.

Students not eligible to withdraw through the portal using their online Student Centre must withdraw by completing a change of registration form and by obtaining approval from Undergraduate Science Centre.

Students withdrawing from a course with an in-person laboratory component should also contact their course instructor or the laboratory coordinator to arrange to check-out from their assigned laboratory drawer. Fees may be assessed if check-out is not completed prior to the end of term (see the course outline for details).

Special permission is required for a third attempt at any course (not including any withdrawals). Contact the Undergraduate Science Center to start your request early – the advising team will provide you with guidance to submit a plan for success in your next attempt, and may recommend specific resources depending on the barriers you may have experienced in your previous attempts. Your learning plan will be reviewed by the department prior to approval for your third attempt, in an effort to support your success on your final attempt.

The lab safety course is available on Enterprise Learning. It is accessible through the university portal and students can enrol themselves. The course is open to anyone and can be taken at any time of the year, but it must be completed before you attend your labs. To register please click here. For further information on lab safety, please visit the safety section of the website. Contact the chemistry main office should you require assistance.

Contact the Undergraduate Science Center for a registration form for either of these research project courses. The advisors will check your pre-requisites and provide you with a registration form to be completed by your research project supervisor. If you are still searching for a project supervisor, begin by consulting the list of research areas in the department and reaching out to potential faculty supervisors by email based on your areas of interest.

The Department of Chemistry does not normally waive prerequisites, since these prior courses are designed to ensure that you have the foundations necessary for success in the course you are taking. If you believe you have the requisite background through other coursework, transfer credits, or demonstrated non-credit learning, you may contact the either the current Associate Head, Undergraduate ( to discuss CHEM prerequisites or the Program Director for Nanoscience ( for NANS prerequisites.


Labs cannot be overloaded once they are full for safety reasons. Waitlists are available for most courses. For courses without a waitlist, please wait until you see an opening in the course.

Please visit our lab exemption page for more information.

If you do not qualify for a lab exemption you will need to repeat the labs. The department is firm on this policy.

Any student who is absent from a test or fails to complete a laboratory assignment or similar work for legitimate reasons must discuss an alternative course of action with the instructor. The regulations covering such circumstances are outlined in the sections titled E.3 Attendance and G.7 Deferral of Term Work in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar. Notification of such eventualities must be given to the instructor within 48 hours. For more information on university policies, please visit the University of Calgary calendar page.

Laboratory dress regulations are as follows:

Safety glasses must be worn at all times when in the laboratory. Those wearing contact lenses run the risk of more serious injury to their eyes in the event of a foreign body or chemical contaminating the eye. It is strongly recommended that contact lenses should not be worn in the lab (i.e. wear contact lenses at your own risk). If contact lenses must be worn, safety goggles must be worn over them.

Full-length long-sleeved laboratory coats must be worn at all times when in the laboratory.

Your feet and legs should be covered. Pants or skirts that do not completely cover the legs are prohibited in the laboratory. Shoes that do not completely cover the feet are prohibited in the laboratory. This means no shorts, no skirts higher than floor length, no sandals, no open-toe shoes, no canvas slip-on style shoes that leave the top of the foot uncovered, etc.

No hats are allowed.

Long hair should be tied back so that it does not become entangled in an apparatus or hang in flames. Your fingers and arms should be free of rings or bracelets.

Do not wear your laboratory coat in common eating or meeting areas after using it in the laboratory.

For information on breakage and/or late checkout fees, please reference our breakage fee information sheet.

Course equivalencies from other universities

  • If you are a new transfer student, you should begin by reviewing the guidance on transfer credits provided by the Registrar’s Office, which will help you understand any credits that have transferred. If you have any questions about how your credits transferred, the advisors at the Undergraduate Science Center will be able to help.
  • If you are an Open Studies student who has completed pre-requisites at another institution, make an appointment with an Open Studies advisor to have them review your existing credits from other institutions and allow your registration in upper-level courses where you meet the pre-requisites based on your prior studies.
  • If you are researching possible transfer credits, the Transfer Alberta website has a searchable database of transferrable credits within the province. If you are considering courses out-of-province or out-of-country, the advisors at the Undergraduate Science Center may be able to help direct your search and can connect with the department as needed.
  • For any other transfer credit inquiries, please contact the current Associate Head, Undergraduate (

Note that any new evaluation of transfer credit or course equivalence will require submission of a Course Syllabus or Outline – the admissions or advising staff will include these as part of your record if you have submitted them previously, but if you have not, please expect that we will ask you to forward copies to complete your assessment.

Note: Most campuses, including Athabasca University, have updated their course offerings and laboratory components in light of public health measures introduced due to COVID-19. This may mean that transfer credit evaluations may differ from those listed below, but do not guarantee that a letter of permission will be approved. For the most up-to-date guidance on transfer credit, always check with the advising team at the Undergraduate Science Centre

You may take CHEM XXX at Athabasca University and still receive credit as long as you complete a letter of permission through your Student Centre prior to taking the course. Contact the Undergraduate Science Centre if your request is urgent. Once you have a final grade for your course, submit your transcript to enrolment services for credit.

  1. UCalgary courses

    • - CHEM 201
    • - CHEM 203
    • - CHEM 311
    • - CHEM 321
    • - CHEM 351 and CHEM 353
  2. Athabasca equivalents

    • - CHEM 217
    • - CHEM 218
    • - CHEM 311
    • - CHEM 330
    • - CHEM 350 and CHEM 360. Note: Transfer credit will only be offered for completion both of these organic chemistry courses, since the material is divided significantly differently at this time.


Students should discuss the work with the instructor within fifteen days of being notified about the mark or of the item’s return to the class.

Please visit our "Grade Reappraisals and Appeals" webpage to view the steps and procedures for appeals of academic assessment and graded term work.

For online final exams, please contact your course instructor or course coordinator about exam viewing processes in your specific course. No in-person / paper final exams will be administered in Fall 2020.

To get special provisions for an exam, you need to register with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  They are located in MSC 452. More info is on their website.


Your best support for degree planning questions in the Faculty of Science are the team of advisors at the Undergraduate Science Center. You can also talk to current instructors of your CHEM courses about your interests to ask if they have recommendations of further courses in that specific discipline, especially for senior-level options within your degree.


Because tuition fees are subject to regular review and adjustment, we recommend that you consult the University of Calgary's tuition and general fees page. You must pay the amount of your tuition and general fees every semester. Questions regarding fees should be directed to enrolment services.

The differential applies to students who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. The Alberta government funds university operations for Canadian students, so international students are charged the differential to make up the government's portion of expenses. A full explanation of the policy can be found in the University of Calgary calendar.

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