Many students wishing to take courses during the academic year or the summer may have questions about prerequisites, particularly given the automatic enforcement of certain prerequisites during registration.
The following information is intended for prospective students and their academic advisors to help determine if a student has the required prerequisites to enroll in a chemistry course. Prerequisite courses are listed in the OSU online catalog & schedule of classes (see links below) for each course offered.
The Department of Chemistry will issue a prerequisite override only if the student provides documentation (e.g., a transcript) from their school showing that they have satisfactorily completed an equivalent course(s) to the OSU prerequisite course(s). You may be able to determine how the course you have taken at your home school articulates to the course number at OSU and thus determine if you have the prerequisite by going to the following pages:
The WEB page reached by the second link provides chemistry articulation tables for all Oregon schools and a number of out of state schools. It indicates if a given transfer courses articulates directly as an OSU numbered course or as a course without a number, CH LDT (lower division) or CH UDT (upper division credit). The table further indicates if an LDT or UDT course is an acceptable substitute for an OSU course or sequence and can be used as a prerequisite.
If you believe that you have the prerequisites, then you should contact the main Chemistry Office for assistance and request an override for a summer chemistry course. There are three ways to contact the Chemistry Office: (1) email email@example.com; (2) call the Chemistry Office at (541) 737-2081; or (3) come to 153 Gilbert Hall between the hours of 9-12 or 1-4 PST for assistance. Be sure to include information on what course you want to register for and what prerequisite course(s) you want the office to evaluate. For all sequence courses enrollment in subsequent terms requires a passing grade in the previous term. See more details about overrides below.
No distinction is made between courses offered on campus or through ECampus.
A more gradual and thorough approach in this sequence will prepare students to take an advanced chemistry course such as CH 331. Students who do not place in MTH 095 should complete MTH 065 with a C or better and then enroll in MTH 095 concurrently with CH 121. Exception: students without high school chemistry who have AP credit or placement in MTH 251 or higher may take CH 201, 221, or 224H.
CH 221 - 5 credits
For more information, consult your academic advisor.
Students qualified to take CH 201 or CH 221 should not be placed in CH 121.
CH 331 - 4 credits
CH 331 and 332 are lecture courses covering Organic Chemistry; CH 337
is a combined lecture/lab course expanding on material in the first two.
The three-term sequence is intended to satisfy the needs of students
required to take a full year of organic chemistry with lab (pre-medical
and other pre-professional students in particular). A student must have
completed a year of General Chemistry to be ready for this sequence.