World of Chemistry

The World of Chemistry is designed for incoming freshmen with an interest in chemistry. Members of this L-LC will have the opportunity to learn about the Department of Chemistry from faculty and senior chemistry majors who can direct new students toward valuable resources such as study groups, tutoring, and research opportunities. Through this program, students will socialize with like-minded peers, learn more about the field of chemistry and related career paths, and be introduced to scholars with active and expanding research programs. The World of Chemistry is perfect for intended chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology majors, as well as physics majors with a strong interest in chemistry. 

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 World of Chemistry students at scavenger hunt.


As a member of the World of Chemistry you will live with other incoming freshmen who share your interest in Chemistry. This means you can study together, attend social and co-curricular programming together, and have a supportive network of peers right from the start. Friendships form quickly in L-LCs!

Chemistry students in front of the PAC


The World of Chemistry will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year, and attend chemistry-themed events together.

Fall 2015 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Chemistry
Chemistry 120: General Chemistry I
Physics 140: Physics I: Mechanics

Spring 2016 L-LC Courses
Your spring L-LC courses, which you will take together as a community, will be finalized mid-fall. Seats will be reserved for you in each designated L-LC course.

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Research facility tours
  • Panels with senior chemistry students
  • Community service
  • Guest speakers
  • Review sessions and study groups

World of Chemistry students smiling


As a member of an L-LC you will have a built in community of friends and colleagues right from the start!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: Learn the ropes from a peer selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you remain an engaged member of your LLC, you may be named a World Ambassador your Sophomore year! 

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upperclass/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly lunches in your own dining hall!
World of Chemistry Lead Faculty: Professors Alan Chen
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Mondays 11:30am - 12:25pm

World Representative: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Chemistry is open to intended chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology majors, as well as physics majors with a strong interest in chemistry.  

World of Chemistry Students making a C with hands