There is no language requirement for the chemistry major.
Not all general chemistry or organic chemistry courses taken at other institutions will satisfy the criteria for transfer credit to Wesleyan. It is the students’ responsibility to find an acceptable course(s) and to have the course(s) preapproved by the Chemistry Department. Below are general guidelines for requests for transfer of credit for general and organic chemistry.
For Transfer of Credit:
- The instructor of the equivalent Wesleyan course (CHEM141 or CHEM142 for General Chemistry and CHEM251/CHEM252 for Organic Chemistry) for the current academic year must approve all transfer of credit requests. Such approvals are solely at his/her discretion.
- Permission should be requested before the course is taken. The student should submit:
- the "Permission to Transfer Credit From Another College or University" form available on the Office of Student Affairs website (https://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/pdfs/Permission_Transfer_Credit.pdf).
- the title, author(s), and edition of the textbook used in the course,
- the syllabus for the course, including which specific chapters of the textbook are actually covered in the course,
- the length of each lecture meeting,
- the total number of actual class hours, excluding time taken for examinations, and
- the name and contact information for the course instructor.
These materials must be compiled by the student and sent to the faculty member currently teaching the equivalent Wesleyan course; simply sending a copy of the syllabus or a link to a course website is not sufficient.
- The student must achieve at least a B- to get credit for the course.
- Courses taken elsewhere may not be counted toward a chemistry major at Wesleyan (except by special petition to the Curriculum Committee of the Chemistry Department).
- The Chemistry Department will not normally accept an online chemistry course for Wesleyan credit.
Undergraduate research. Research is an important part of the program for most majors. Wesleyan’s small but excellent graduate program makes it possible for majors to work at the cutting edge of discovery in chemistry. Every tenured/tenure-track faculty member is involved in significant research. Undergraduates participating in the departmental research program normally attend a research seminar in their area, and most research groups have weekly meetings to discuss new results. Students involved in significant research have an opportunity to continue in the BA/MA program.
Seminars. Seminars are a vital part of the intellectual life of the Chemistry Department. Weekly departmental colloquia on Friday afternoons (CHEM521/CHEM522) bring accomplished scientists from other universities, research laboratories, and industry to campus and provide opportunities for informal meetings and discussions. In addition, chemistry students and faculty speak at weekly research seminars in chemical physics, organic/inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. Programs for each semester are available on the chemistry website.