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Chemistry Academic Advising

 Ms. Tascha Knowlton

Academic Advising Coordinator
801-585-7284  |  HEB 2112
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Mrs. Emily Platt

Academic Advisor
801-587-0645  |  CSC 240
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** When emailing, include both advisors to ensure a timely response.
**If emailing/calling about confidential information, please include your FERPA pin

Advising Meetings

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Spring Semestser Update

Due to concerns for COVID-19 (coronavirus), all advising appointments for the remainder of the semester will be done via email, phone, or video. 

For phone and video appointments, please set up a FERPA pin through your CIS account before your scheduled appointment.


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As always, we will do all that we can to help you have a successful academic experience. 

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 Drop-In Hours

Spring Semester 2020

Drop-in hours for the remainder of Spring semester have been cancelled.  Please schedule a video or phone appointment or email Emily at with any questions.  


If you need to DECLARE A MINOR, please send an email to


Academic advisors are here to help you make the most of your experience at the University of Utah. Please meet with your advisor once per semester, or at least once per year, to discuss progress toward your degree and any concerns you may have. This will allow you to know more about course availability and pre-requisites (which are strongly enforced). It is crucial that you work closely with your advisor to graduate without delay. If you are a transfer student, you are encouraged to meet with the department advisor early in your academic career, even prior to admission to the University of Utah.

Academic Advisors are available for:

  • Declaring a chemistry major or minor.
  • Explaining University graduation requirements, including general education, bachelor’s degree and course requirements for chemistry.
  • Developing an educational plan that includes scheduling, timing and using the Degree Audit.
  • Connecting with University and departmental opportunities and resources.
  • Evaluating chemistry transfer credits.
  • Navigating the system from admissions to graduation and everything in between.
  • Discussing anything regarding your education at the U of U.


Cool Things to Know About In Our Department!

American Chemical Society Student Chapter (ACSSC)

Would you like to get involved in volunteering through the chemistry department? ACSSC is a perfect opportunity to get kids excited about science in a variety of ways! Current involvement includes chemistry demonstrations at elementaries, middle schools, high schools, and Primary Childrens Medical Center, as well as tutoring at Bryant Middle School. Click on the following links to join ACS, email them with other questions that you may have, and like them on Facebook! You may also have the opportunity to go to the ACS national meeting.

Curie Club - Allies for Women Chemistry Students

A century ago, Marie Curie became the first scientist ever to win 2 Nobel Prizes. Her spectacular scientific career was achieved in spite of the obligations of family, extreme prejudice against women, a relentless search for research funding, and the battle for recognition that was her due. Thousands of women today continue to face similar struggles as young scientists, researchers, professors, and leaders in their fields.

Curie Club is made up of individuals committed to the advancement of science and to creating opportunities for women to make an even greater contribution to medicine, scientific research, environmental solutions and entrepreneurial innovation.

Chemistry Department Job Opportunities

Would you like to make some money, while also working close to your chemistry classes? What better way then to become an employee of the Chemistry Department!? Here are some options for jobs you can apply for:

  • Teaching Assistant (TA): Contact Prof. Jeff Statler if you would like to help lead discussion or undergraduate laboratories, and ensure that freshmen/sophomores have a great experience in their first years in the chemistry department. (Class credit also available as a form of payment)
  • Laboratory Attendant: Contact Agnes Szarzec-Larsen to be involved in helping to prepare labs for undergraduate students, and ensure that students have a smooth and easy experimental procedure.

Undergraduate Research Experience

Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research to experience the excitement of searching for answers to real world problems. There is no lab manual and there is no better way to learn chemistry than to apply all that you have learned in your courses to your own research project. There are a multitude of research opportunities for undergraduates in chemistry, at U of U and at institutions all over the country and even the world! Check out the page above for advise on how to join a research group, or schedule an appointment with Tascha to discuss the process and receive assistance. Don't forget to enroll in CHEM 4800 once you find a group to make sure to waive an elective requirement for your emphasis!!

Chemistry Tutoring and Study Rooms

If you need some tutoring in chemistry, you can visit our general chemistry and organic chemistry study rooms found in the Henry Erying Building. You can get free help with chemistry concepts, class homework problems, lab prep/homework, studying for exams, and more! If you would like tutoring for upper division chemistry courses, please refer to the graduate student tutoring list.

ACS Senior Comprehensive Exit Exams

The ACS exam scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been cancelled.  If you are graduating Spring 2020 and still need to complete the Comprehensive Exam requirement, more information will be emailed next week informing you what you will need to do to complete this requirement for graduation.  If you have any questions, please email Emily at

Every chemistry major needs to pass the "Senior Comps" before graduation. There are 5 subject areas from which you can test: Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical. Each test can be taken as many times as needed, and there is no fee to take these tests (**see below for exceptions)

  • To pass you need to satisfy the following:
    • Score atleast the 10th percentile on 4 out of 5 of the tests.
    • If you add up all of your scores, you need to get at least 100 percentile points total (average of 25 points per test).
  • A cash award is given at the end of the year awards ceremony to the student to score the highest on their combined tests!
  • The tests are given twice per semester: 1) the weekend after the semester starts and 2) the weekend after the break ends. You may take either one or two tests each time the exams are given.
  • Sign ups start about 3 weeks before the test is given. You can register to take the test up until the Thursday before the test, at 3pm. **Anybody who signs up after this time must pay a $5 late fee. If you need to change the tests you signed up to take, please email prior to the sign up deadline.
  • **There is a $5 No-Show fee for each test that you miss, so if you cannot attend, an email must be sent before the tests begin. If not, you will receive an email about the fee you need to pay. Unpaid fees will delay graduation.
  • If you need to pay a late or no-show fee, make check or money order payable to "University of Utah." Cash is not accepted.


Campus Resources

Career & Professional Development Center

Want to know what kinds of jobs you can get as a chemist? Need help creating a resume or CV? Want someone to give you a mock interview? Visit Career Services in SSB 350. Crystal Cory and Francine Mahak are the College of Science Career Coaches. Use them!!

Current Job Postings for Chemists

Learning Center

Need help in lower-division chem, biology, math, or physics courses? Visit the Learning Center (M LIB 1738). One-on-one tutoring is available for $5 per hour, or you can find help at their drop-in center. See for more information.

**If you would like tutoring for upper division classes, come speak with a chemistry advisor.

Student Success Advocates

Student Success Advocates assist you with identifying goals, developing empowerment strategies, and planning your engagement with high-impact educational practices. They provide you with tools and strategies to help you succeed academically and, ultimately, professionally. They will meet you where you are, literally, anywhere on campus.

Get Paid to do Research with UROP

Once you have found a professor to work with, you can apply to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and get paid $1200 your 1st semester, and $600 the following semester. Plus! You can also qualify to receive the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD) on your transcripts.

Writing Center

A writing resource from your freshman classes through graduate school. They work on papers from all disciplines, not just writing classes. Best of all, the writing center is a free service to students and faculty of the University of Utah. They want to help you develop strategies to make you a better writer and help you see your potential as an academic author. Located on the 2nd floor of the Marriott Library.

Pre-Professional Students

If you are Pre-Health or Pre-Law, please schedule an appointment to see an advisor who can help prepare you to get into the program of your choice.

The University Counseling Center (UCC)

UCC offers opportunities for personal development that will lead to enhanced learning and contribution to the University. The Center helps students, staff, and faculty resolve existing problems, prevent potential problems, and develop new skills that will enrich their lives. Services address personal, career, and academic learning issues. Formats include individual and group counseling, classes, and workshops. Located in SSB Rm 426.

The Women's Resource Center (WRC)

WRC at the University of Utah serves as the central resource for educational and support services for women.  Honoring the complexities of women’s identities, the WRC facilitates choices and changes through programs, counseling, and training grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equality. Office in the Union, Rm 411.

Chemistry eTutoring

The U of U's FREE online chemistry tutoring platform is a great resource for students! View the schedule to find out when a chemistry tutor is available to you for live, one-on-one tutoring!

Last Updated: 3/17/20