Undergraduates: COVID impact on CHEM courses

update: Jan 13, 2021 (new content is in blue)

This is a message for undergraduate students who are taking or are planning to take Chemistry courses at UBC Vancouver.

1. Academic Year 2021-22 (Term 2) - In-Person Laboratory Courses - Restart. 

UBC has paused most in-person activities on campus until Feb 7. However, the Faculty of Science has tentatively authorized in-person laboratory activities. Here are their projected start dates:

CHEM 123 lab/CHEM 135: In-person activities will start on the week of Feb 7. There will be required on-line activities three weeks before the in-person activities begin. 
CHEM 235: In-person activities will start on the week of Feb 7. Students must collect their lab materials from the Department of Chemistry before the in-person activities begin. 
CHEM 211 lab: Jan 24
CHEM 245: Feb 7
CHEM 3x5 (not 355), 445: Jan 24
CHEM 355: Feb 7

2. January Deferred Examinations. 

Most Chemistry courses, including CHEM 111, 121, 154, 233, 235, 260 and others, will not have an SD examination until these exams can be written in-person. Students in Year 3 or Year 4 classes may be able to make alternative exam arrangements with their instructors once in-person exams are allowed. Otherwise SD exams will be scheduled according to UBC policy.

More information regarding courses that will not be having online Jan SD exams. 

CHEM 111 and CHEM 121 - a Jan online SD exam will not be offered. Students with SD status will have their interim grades checked and those students in good standing up to the deferred final examination will have their 1x1 prereq’s waived so that they can take CHEM 123. Students who are not in good academic standing (e.g. below 50% in MT examinations) or do not have enough marks (e.g. deferred their MT’s to the final) will not be given this courtesy and will need to write the SD exam and continue with their studies at a later time.

3. Mask Mandate. Students who attend in-person lectures or in-person laboratories within the Department of Chemistry are required to wear a mask while in an indoor setting.

4. Year 2 Courses with Labs. Students without the correct Year 1 prerequisites (CHEM 121 (4), CHEM 123 (4); CHEM 115 (1), CHEM 135 (1)) will not be able to take Year 2 CHEM courses with a laboratory component: CHEM 203, CHEM 211, CHEM 235. There are no exceptions to this. 

Students who do not have their Year 1 lab prerequisites can take CHEM 115 (1) then CHEM 135 (1) during Fall Term 1 and Fall Term 2. 

The Department will offer CHEM 211 lab/215 (1), CHEM 225 (1), CHEM 245 (1) in Summer 2022 for CHEM/BIOC-spec students who need these courses for their academic progression. Students are expected to have completed the Year 1 prerequisites. 

CHEM 235 will be offered in Summer 2022.

5. New Courses – Lectures and Laboratory Courses Were Split During the Coronavirus Epidemic.

Course (Credit)

Lecture Course (Credit)

Lab Course (Credit)

CHEM 111 (4)

CHEM 110 (3)

CHEM 115 (1)

CHEM 121 (4)

CHEM 120 (3)

CHEM 115 (1)

CHEM 123 (4)

CHEM 130 (3)

CHEM 135 (1)

CHEM 203 (4)

CHEM 223 (3)

CHEM 225 (1)

CHEM 211 (4)

CHEM 210 (3)

CHEM 215 (1)

The new courses were responses to the Covid-19 emergency. The Department plans to resume its non-emergency curriculum--CHEM 111, 121, 123, 203, 211--when the Provincial government and UBC determines that it is safe to do so. It will commit to run the 1 credit lab courses for students to catch up with their programs.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.