Support for Students

Chemistry is both a challenging and rewarding field to study.  To help all of our students succeed, we offer many different types of support to them:

  • Office hours - You'll find our office doors open much of the day.  Students come alone or in groups to office hours.  If they can't attend office hours, other chemistry faculty teaching the same course are usually available as well.  Students often can set up additional times for faculty assistance.
  • Tutors are assigned to individual sections of our first course, CHEM 125.  Faculty will announce in their classes the names of their assigned tutors and the day, time and place they are available.
  •  Informal faculty help sessions at night - Faculty are available on Tuesday night, 6:30-8:00 PM at O'Connell's, a coffee house in the Haehn Campus Center  which provide a relaxing atmosphere to meet and discuss chemistry. 
  • CHEM 121 - This half-semester course helps student develop the visualization, problem solving, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in CHEM 125, Introduction to Chemical Structure and Properties, the first course for science majors in our curriculum. Students work in small groups in a student-centered learning environment that will provide support as they address some of the challenging concepts in chemical structure and properties. The course content is closely coordinated with the first half of CHEM 125 and runs parallel to it. The course is intended for students who have been identified as likely benefiting from this experience. Typically their ACT Math scores are less than 24.  We also encourage students to take it if they believe that they would benefit from additional mentoring.  Students can start this course at the beginning of their first semester, or part-way through. 
  • Online Support:  We are starting to develop mini web-presentation for topics covered in CHEM 125.  Students who are more visual learners can review these before attending classes that primarily center on application and group problem solving.