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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry COVID-19 Undergraduate Updates


The information below pertains to Spring Quarter 2020 only. There are no department exceptions or deadline extensions for Chemistry/Biochemistry majors in Summer 2020. If you have any specific questions, please contact us via the VAC.


Additional updates to university deadlines and policies can be found here: 

Acadmic Advising

See here for all Spring 2020 Academic Advising information


  • Chem Help Room (General Chemistry): Help room has been cancelled. TA's will provide Zoom sessions instead and will be in touch with students in Chem 6A, 6B and 6C courses.
  • Lab classes: CHEM 123 has been cancelled. All other lab courses are being offered remotely.

Department Honors

The requirements for departmental honors will remain the same, except for the following:

As an exception, Chemistry/Biochemistry majors graduating in Spring 2020 will be allowed to overlap CHEM 199 units used towards their lab elective requirement and department honors. For example, if 8 units of CHEM 199 are being used towards your lab elective, you may also use these units for departmental honors. This exception only applies to Spring 2020 graduates. 

For more information on chemistry honors requirements please click HERE. 



Lab Courses

  • Lab Class Offerings: 

    There will be NO in-person courses offered in SP20. All courses will be taught remotely, including lab courses. 
    CHEM 7L, 7LM, 43A, 100A, 105A, 108, 100B, and 143B will continue to be offered in SP20 and will be taught remotely. If you are not aiming to graduate in SP20, we would encourage you to consider revising your course plans to defer your enrollment in lab courses until the following academic year (or summer) so that you may benefit from the valuable hands-on experience gained from in-person lab courses. 
    Lab Administrative Drops:

    There will be no administrative lab drops, meaning you will not be automatically dropped from your lab course during week one for not attending your first lab meeting. Students will still be required to complete the Lab Safety Exam, however, students who do not pass the Lab Safety Requirement will not be administratively dropped in SP20. Please instead consult with your course instructor regarding the policy and consequence to your course grade regarding the Lab Safety requirement. 

    Lab Fees: 
    All lab course material fees will be cancelled in SP20. If you have already been assessed a fee, campus will be processing a reversal.

    Lab Adds:
    We will not be accommodating any additional students in our lab courses for SP20
    . If you are still waitlisted for a lab course, we highly encourage you to finalize your class schedule at this time and secure a seat in an alternative course with available seats.

Pass/No Pass Grading Option

Pass/No Pass Grading Option

Any required chemistry course taken in SP20, either for a major requirement or minor requirement, can be taken as pass/no pass and will be considered as fulfilling the requirement.  


  • If you are taking a chemistry course and are NOT pursuring a major or minor in our department, please make sure to check with your major or minor department to ensure if they will accept a pass/no pass option.
  • Be aware that most graduate programs and pre-health programs require courses to be taken for letter grades. If you plan to apply to a graduate program we highly advise you take your courses for letter grade rather than pass/no pass.
  • With the exception of the Spring 2020 Quarter, If you earned a D or F in a class, you can only repeat it for a letter grade. For Spring 2020 only, D or F grades may be repeated on either a letter grade or P/NP basis.
  • Deadline for Undergraduate and Graduate students to change grading option Spring: June 12th, 2020

Click here for the university's FAQ on the P/NP option.

Revised Add/Drop Deadlines

Revised Add/Drop Deadlines for Chemistry/Biochemistry Classes:  

  • Deadline to add is the Friday of week 3 – April 17th, 2020 
  • Deadline to drop lecture and lab classeswithout a W – Friday of week 5 – May 1st, 2020  
  • Deadline to drop lecture and lab classeswith a W - Friday of week 7 – May 15th, 2020 
  • Deadline to change grading option – Friday of finals week– June 12th, 2020
  • Undergraduates may petition to drop a class or withdraw from the university after the end of week 7 and by the end of Week 10 for emergency reasons.  These petitions are decided by the college provost. 

SP20 Graduating Seniors

Chem 199 for Elective or Lab Elective Credit

If you are a SP20 graduating senior and were planning to utilize Chem 199 to fulfill a graduation requirement, please pursue one of the following two options

  1. If you are able to work out a remote research plan with your PI, please submit your CHEM 199 application like normal and at the end of the quarter, you may submit a petition to allow this substitute. The application deadline is Friday, April 3rd, 2020.
  2. If you are unable to conduct research remotely in SP20, you may submit a course substitution petition, requesting to allow 4 units of CHEM 199 + any upper-division course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, which is not already fulfilling a major requirement, to fulfill your lab elective requirement. This will only be allowed if you
    1. you cannot conduct your research remotely
    2. are graduating in SP20 and
    3. if you already have completed 4 units of CHEM 199

Graduation Stoles 

Currently, the department will not be selling graduation stoles for SP20. If this changes, the information will be updated in this section.

Special Studies (Chem 99, 197,199)

The department will still process Special Studies applications in SP20, only if you and your PI have worked out a plan for you to conduct research remotely. Please communicate with your PI to understand if this arrangement is possible for SP20. 
Note that the safety requirement form, UC laboratory safety fundamentals, and annual laboratory hazard training requirements will be waived for SP20. 
The deadline to submit your CHEM 199 remains Friday of week 1 (April 3rd). 

In order to receive credit for Chem 199 toward an elective or lab elective course please refer to the following steps:

Student Resources


At this time, we will not be accommodating any additional students in our lab courses for SP20. If you are still waitlisted for a lab course, we highly encourage you to finalize your class schedule at this time and secure a seat in an alternative course with available seats. 


Concurrent Enrollment

The department will not be allowing Concurrent Enrollment in any chemistry labs in Spring 2020. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Please refer to the following resources for Concurrent Enrollment procedures following the COVID-19 policies for Spring quarter 2020. All classes will be conducted remotely.

Schedule of Classes

Spring 2020 Eligibility Application

E-Add Card 

If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to UCSD Extension or find more information here