Students who plan to pursue Biology majors and/or the pre-health curriculum* need to start off with General Chemistry 111A & 151(lab) as well as the appropriate level of Calculus.
Students who plan to register for General Chemistry need to have taken high school chemistry, two years of high school math, and a year of high school physics. You should also be familiar with the following topics at an 11th or 12th grade level:
- Kinetic energy, Potential energy, forces (especially dealing with gravity; F=mg), velocity, a conceptual idea of momentum;
- Vectors and how to graph them;
- Factoring simple polynomials;
- Use of the quadratic equation.
Students who have not had high school physics should plan to enroll in Physics 197F/198F or Physics 117/118 during the first-year year instead of starting with General Chemistry. Students who wish to explore the possibility of taking General Chemistry without a physics background need to speak with either Dr. Jia Luo (314-935-4163) or Dr. Megan Daschbach (314-935-3372) prior to registration.
The process to prepare for registration:
1. You'll find the Registration Worksheet as one of the menu items on WebSTAC. Before you begin creating your worksheet, watch Video 2: Course Listings and Registration Worksheet. Your Registration Worksheet will be a working draft of your schedule.
2. You will register for both a General Chemistry (L07 111A) section and a subsection as well as a General Chemistry Lab (L07 151) section and a subsection. Therefore you will have four slots on your schedule (and five credits) dedicated to Chemistry.
General Chemistry (L07 111A) subsections have two formats. Select the format that you think will work best with your learning style or seek advice from your four-year advisor.
CLASSIC: These subsections are 1 hour in length. This format includes a quiz during the first 15 minutes of class. Following the quiz, a brief summary of the week’s main lecture topic is presented. Practice problems are worked on the board with the students for the remainder of the class period.
POGIL (Guided-Inquiry): These subsections are 1.5 hours in length (30 minutes longer than the classic subsections). This format includes a quiz during the first 15 minutes of class. Following the quiz, a brief summary of the week’s main lecture topic is presented. Students then work in small groups on guided-inquiry problem sheets that have been written specifically for Washington University Chem 111 topics. These problem sheets are structured to help students develop self-teaching and problem-solving skills, and the custom-designed exercises include an emphasis on conceptual aspects of a topic.
Additional Help for Chemistry: PLTL STUDY GROUPS
There are optional Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) groups which students may choose to join. These study groups meet once a week on Saturday or Sunday for a two-hour workshop. In these groups, students work on prepared problems that are designed to be solved cooperatively. A trained PLTL undergraduate leader facilitates each group. This leader does not help solve the problems, but is there to provide guidance and encouragement throughout the learning process. Students in PLTL groups learn critical-thinking skills, problem-solving and study strategies, and different methods of group work. No answer keys are provided; students must decide as a group whether answers are correct. This strategy enables students to be confident when applying their knowledge to new problems and concepts, which is essential for performing well on quizzes and exams. The PLTL program provides a supportive community of scholars and emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s own learning.
3. As you are selecting your courses, make sure to note final exam times to avoid conflicts. Final exam dates and times appear in online Course Listings.
4. Make sure you have back-up choices for classes and sections. Put them in the "Second Choices" section of your Registration Worksheet.
5. Be sure to enter required subsections (A, B, C, etc,.) on your workseet and also have back-ups.
6. Classes limit enrollment, so pay attention to how many seats are left in the class. If a section is full, you may choose a different one or you can elect to be added to the wait list when you actually register. A few classes do not allow you to waitlist (for example, Writing 1).
7. Notes on Wait Lists:
- General Chemistry, General Chemistry Lab, and Physics 197F offer many sections and subsections. They do not allow waitlisting, so choose a section and subsection for each class with seats available at the time you register. Don't worry if your first choice sections are filled when you are creating your Registration Worksheet; the departments will be opening up additional seats during registration. There will be room for everyone, although not necessarily in your first choice of section or subsection.
- Several Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses may look full but have seats reserved specifically for freshmen. These courses are identified in the course descriptions. Put yourself on the wait list for these classes; students will be pulled off the wait list by the department by order of registration and you will learn soon after registration if you were one of the freshmen who claimed a seat.
8. Scroll down beneath the worksheet and review the Schedule Grid to make sure you have no class conflicts and that no days are overloaded with classes.
9. Once your Registration Worksheet is complete, you are ready to contact your advisor. On June 17, you will receive an email with the name and contact information of your four-year advisor. Email your advisor letting him/her know you are ready to discuss your academic interests and your fall course choices. Make sure to include a number of days/times you are available and s/he will get back to you with an appointment time.
*If you are interested in more information pertaining to pre-medical requirements, please visit the pre-health web site and download the pre-health handbook.