A Guide to Chemistry Placement & Introductory Courses

Introductory Courses

What introductory classes do you offer?

CHEM0100 and CHEM0330.The Chemistry Department offers two introductory level chemistry courses. CHEM0100 is only available in Semester 1.

CHEM0100 (Introductory Chemistry) is designed for students with little or no background in Chemistry.  It is offered as an on-line non-credit course (CHEM0100-web tutorial) during the summer and as a traditional for credit course during Semester I. This course meets three times per week, plus a mandatory problem session. This course does not have a lab and can only be taken for S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit). Students who successfully complete CHEM0100 should be well prepared to enroll in CHEM0330 in Semester II. CHEM0100 will be offered in Fall 2016.

CHEM0330 (Equilibrium, Rate and Structure), is a one-semester course with both lecture and laboratory portions.  It serves as the foundation course and entry point for all of our other Chemistry courses, and is intended for students who have a solid preparation in Chemistry and have met the mandatory prerequisites. Two sections of CHEM0330 will be offered in Semester I and one section in Semester II.   Professor Vicki Colvin will instruct CHEM0330 in the Spring 2016 semester.

*All students who plan to take chemistry are required to take a short placement exam that will be offered online through Banner. To enroll in CHEM0330 students must score an 8 or higher on the placement exam , have successfully completed CHEM0100 or have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam. The official AP test results must be on file with the Registrar’s office. (Placement out of CHEM0330 is generally appropriate only for students who have completed IB-Higher Level Chemistry exams, British A-level exams, or equivalent courses at another university.)

Chemistry Placement Exam

Who must take the Chemistry online placement exam?  

 All students who have not taken AP Chemistry (or scored below a 4 on the AP Chemistry exam), IB, or A-level exams in Chemistry must take the placement exam.  

When can I take the Chemistry online placement exam? 

The placement exam will reopen on January 19, 2016.           Please note: The placement exam is offered every semester during advising, pre-registration and registration periods.

How do I register for the Chemistry placement exam? 

Please access the link through the secure student portion of self-service banner web: https://selfservice.brown.edu/ss/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage  This placement exam is mandatory if you plan to take chemistry during your studies at Brown. The results of this exam will be available immediately and will determine your course placement in Chemistry. You must score a minimum of 8 in order to enroll in CHEM0330.

How can I prepare for the Chemistry placement exam? 

Register this summer for Chem0100-web, a free, noncredit tutorial that helps incoming students review general chemistry. Chem0100-web covers stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solutions, chemical reactions, and thermochemistry.  Chem0100-web is a voluntary non-credit tutorial that is offered only during the summer. The CHEM 0100 web tutorial is closed.  

How do I register for the Chem0100-web tutorial? 

The Chem0100 web tutorial is currently closed.  Beginning June 15, 2016, incoming students with Brown usernames and passwords can register for Chem0100-web at http://brown.edu/go/chem100web.  The Chem0100 web tutorial registration will be open June 15 - August 15, 2016.

Completion of Chem0100-web tutorial is optional and does not replace taking the Chemistry placement exam. The goals of Chem0100-web tutorial are to review general chemistry, help students prepare for the placement exam, and help students prepare for CHEM 0330.

To learn more about Chem0100-web, contact Professor Sandra Russo- Rodriguez.

Registering for Introductory Chemistry Classes

I notice when I register for CHEM0330 there are four components of this course, do I need to register for all of these components?

Yes, in order to successfully register for CHEM0330, you must register for each component in the same registration session.

The four components are: Common Meeting – this component is a tool the Registrar utilizes to organize the enrollment.  Despite the name, this component does not actually meet. Primary Meetingthis component is the lecture section of the course. This component meets on Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 – 11:50. Conference – this component is the pre-lab instruction, it meets once per week and is offered Monday and Tuesday at 12:00 pm. Lab – this component meets once per week and is offered 10 times each week. The start time is either 1:00 pm Monday – Friday or 2:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday 2:30pm.

In order to successfully register for CHEM0330, you must register for all four components.  Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in Chemistry may enroll in CHEM0330 without taking the placement exam. The AP exam scores must be on record with the registrar’s office. No course credit is awarded for the results of AP exams; AP scores are used for placement only.

I completed IB exams (or college level course work) in Chemistry. Can I place out of CHEM0330 and start with CHEM0350?    

Students with British A-level exams, scores of 6 or 7 on the IB-Higher Level Chemistry exam, or a grade of C or better in an equivalent college course at another university or college may start with CHEM0350.  They are also able to transcript transfer credit for CHEM0330.   You will need a course override to enroll in CHEM0350 in Semester II, please contact Sheila Quigley.

Concentrating in Chemistry

What Chemistry concentrations are available at Brown?

Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Physics.
Students may earn either an A.B. or a Sc.B. in Chemistry. The core for both degree programs is seven courses in general, inorganic, organic, and physical Chemistry. The A.B. requires two electives in addition to the core, while the Sc.B. requires a year of independent study and several additional electives, including math and physics. There are three tracks for the Sc.B degree in Chemistry – the Chemistry track, the Chemical Biology track and the Materials Chemistry track.
In addition, there are two interdisciplinary concentrations - Chemical Physics (co-advised with the Physics Dept.) and Biochemistry (co-advised with the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry Dept.) 

Concentration Advisors:
Chemistry                 Amit Basu 
Biochemistry           Christopher Seto
                                    Arthur Salomon
                                    Gerwald Jogl 
Chemical Physics    Richard Stratt

I'm not sure I want to concentrate in Chemistry. Must I take CHEM0330 in my first year? 

No. While it is possible to start the Chemistry sequence in your second year and still complete all of the requirements for a degree in four years, it is best to take CHEM0330 in your first year, if you are considering Chemistry, Chemical Physics or Biochemistry as possible concentrations.

Can I do research during my first year?

 Yes,  you can start independent research with a faculty member at any stage of your time at Brown, but most students wait one or even two semesters.  Numerous opportunities and funding sources are available for carrying out research over the summer. A significant number of Chemistry concentrators graduate with more than the required 2 semesters of independent research experience.

For more information about Chemistry at Brown, visit our website at www.brown.edu/academics/chemistry    

Updated 11/13/2015