World of Chemistry

The World of Chemistry is designed for incoming freshmen with an interest in chemistry or biochemistry. 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.

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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 peers  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 upper-class/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 meals in your own dining hall!
World of Chemistry Lead Faculty: Professor Alan Chen
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Mondays 11:30 AM - 12:25 PM

Academic Advisor: Vanessa Borum

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 in October 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.      

What does the World of Chemistry do?

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 2019 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Chemistry
Chemistry 120: General Chemistry I
Physics 140: Physics I: Mechanics
Physics 145: Physics Lab I 

Spring 2020 L-LC Courses
Writing and Critical Inquiry
Chemistry 121: General Chemistry II
Physics 150: Physics II: Electromagnetism

Examples of co-curricular events:

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