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Which General Chemistry Course Should I Take?

The Department of Chemistry offers several tracks for students depending on their background and aspirations:

  • CHEM 1110 - Elementary Chemistry. This course is intended for non-STEM majors.  It counts toward the Area II requirement for "physical science with lab."  Chem 1110L is a mandatory co-requisite lab course.
     
  • CHEM 1210 - Basics of Chemistry. This course is a preparatory course intended for students who experienced challenges with high school chemistry (or did not take it at all).  The fundamentals of chemistry are a focus of the course, but significant time is spent developing learning and study habits.  The course focuses on understanding concepts rather than memorizing facts.  It counts toward the Area II requirement for “physical science without lab.”  There is no lab with CHEM 1210.
     
  • CHEM 1211 and 1212 – General Chemistry.  This is the main general chemistry sequence.  It is required for most STEM majors and pre-health students.  The course is taught in a ‘flipped’ style, meaning that students must read the textbook before class and come in with a basic understanding of the material.  In class, the instructors work with students to build a better understanding of the concepts through interactive questions, activities, and case studies.  Students are expected to focus on the concepts and not on memorizing content and solutions.  Chem 1211L / 1212L are mandatory co-requisite lab courses.
     
  • CHEM 1311H and 1312H - Advanced General Chemistry, Honors.  This is the advanced general chemistry course for Honors students (see Advanced Chemistry for Majors, below, which also offers Honors credit).  Permission of the Honors College is required for registration.  Chem 1311L and CHEM 1312L are mandatory co-requisite lab courses.
     
  • CHEM 1411H and 1412H - Advanced General Chemistry, Majors. This is the advanced general chemistry course for chemistry and engineering Majors, which also offers Honors credit.  Permission of the Chemistry Department is required for registration.  Chem 1411L and CHEM 1412L are mandatory co-requisite lab courses.

Chemistry Diagnostic Test

The department has prepared a simple diagnostic test that evaluates whether you are ready to take Chemistry 1211.  We encourage all students to take it.

  • The test diagnostic assesses your readiness for college-level freshman chemistry. 
  • It is composed of numerical and conceptual questions. 
  • It is taken online, so there are many ways to ‘cheat’ the test and improve the score. 
  • But why cheat? There really isn’t much point.  The only purpose of this test is to get you into the right class so that you succeed

 

Decision Tree for Chemistry Courses

"I only need to fulfill the Area II physical science requirement, with a lab." 

CHEM 1110

"I only need to fulfill the Area II physical science requirement, and

I don't need a lab."

CHEM 1210

"I didn't take chemistry in high school."

CHEM 1210

"I took chemistry in high school but I struggled with it."

CHEM 1210

"I took chemistry in high school, did well, and

I'm comfortable with introductory concepts of chemistry." 

CHEM 1211 / 1212

"I took chemistry in high school, did very well, and

I want to be an honors student in science or engineering."

CHEM 1311H / 1312H

"I took chemistry in high school, did very well, and I want to

major in chemistry or engineering and receive Honors credit."

CHEM 1411 / 1412

 

Contact Us

Requests for information or support are handled through email exchange with the General Chemistry Administrator.  Send all email to chemreg@uga.edu .  Do NOT send requests to any other email address: doing so will delay your support by 2 to 5 business days.

Allow one full business day for a reply. If, for example, you send a request at 6 PM on a Wednesday, it will be received the following morning, and a reply can be generally expected one business day later, which would be Friday morning. Do not send additional emails on the same topic: this will delay your support by 1 to 3 business days. 

You must include your full name, MyID, and 810 number on all email.  If any of this information is missing, the email will be returned without action, resulting in a delay.

All credit transfer and overrides require that you attach a copy of your transcript. If you do not have an official transcript yet, you may send a screen shot of the unofficial grade report or online transcript.  The screen shot must show the following information:

  • Name of the institution.
  • Name of the student
  • Year and semester
  • The course number (e.g. “CHEM 3456”) and title (e.g. “Inorganic Chemistry”).
  • Grade

If the transcript is not attached, the email will be returned without action, resulting in a delay.

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Got More Questions?

Undergraduate inquiries: chemreg@uga.edu 

Registration and credit transferschemreg@uga.edu

AP Credit, Section Changes, Overrides, Prerequisiteschemreg@uga.edu

Graduate inquiries: tharrop@uga.edu

Contact Us!

Assistant to the Department Head: Kelli Porterfield, 706-542-1919 

Main office phone: 706-542-2626 

Fax: 706-542-9454

Head of the Department: Prof. Gary Douberly