Eastern Michigan University

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Registration Information

If you are having problems registering for a course, most likely you will need to contact the instructor of your section.  If no instructor is listed, then contact the course coordinator (from the list on our advising page).  More detailed information about registration is found on our Registration FAQ page.  This page includes more specific information on how to proceed and answers some common registration questions (e.g., if I repeat a course, do I also need to repeat the lab).

Student Resources

Which chemistry course should I take?

Go to our advising page.  Useful information is provided.  If you need to speak to someone, it will direct you to the appropriate contact person.  If you are a graduate student, talk to the graduate adviser.


How do I get help with a chemistry course that I am taking?

If you are taking a chemistry course, your primary resource is your course instructor.  Take advantage of her/his office hours.  Professors want dedicated students who work to master the material.  Frequently, they will comment that students who come to their office hours are often the best students.  To maximize the benefit of this time, come prepared with a list of specific questions.  Vague comments like, "I don't understand anything that we've been doing" are not constructive and waste everybody's time.  If you have spent sufficient time trying to learn the material on your own, you will know exactly where you are getting stuck.

Sometimes, it can be helpful to get a different perspective on the material.  Every term, several Chemistry Department faculty members (and often one or more upper-level students) volunteer their time in the department's tutoring room.  You may also be able to get a tutor from the Holman Success Center.  The tutoring room schedule and additional information can be found on our tutoring page.

There are all kinds of online resources available.  The staff at the EMU library have compiled a brief list of frequently used chemistry resources and they can be found at http://guides.emich.edu/chemistry?hs=a  There is a similar list of biochemistry resources available at http://guides.emich.edu/biochemistry?hs=a  (and other subjects can also be found at http://guides.emich.edu/home


Are there other students interested in chemistry that I can meet?

Yes.  We have an active chemistry club.  You can learn more by following the link.


I am interested in majoring in Chemistry.  Who can I talk to?

The short answer is any chemistry department faculty member.  However, we do have an official list of advisers, found on our advising page.  The page also contains brief information about the various types of chemistry majors, to help you decide which one best fits your career goals.


I am interested in undergraduate research.  How can I find out more about it?

Visit our research opportunities web page.


Are there any possibilities for internships or cooperative education (co-op) experience?

Yes.  Visit our co-op and internships page.


Does Chemistry have any Honors courses?

Yes.  Visit our Honors page to learn about them and the possibility of graduating with departmental honors in Chemistry.


What resources are available for doing online searching for journals or databases?

The following link connects you to a library webpage with links to several very useful sites (e.g., Web of Science and SciFinder Scholar):  https://guides.emich.edu/chemistry/articles  The library links listed above (under How Do I Get Help with a Chemistry Course) may also be useful.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold