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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry COVID-19 Undergraduate Updates

If you do not find the answer to your question below, please feel free to reach out to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Additional updates to university deadlines and policies can be found here:

Pass/No Pass Policy

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 update:

Majors and minors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry must take all major or minor classes for a letter grade. P/NP grading is not acceptable for major or minor classes taken in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry permitted Chemistry/Biochemistry majors and minors to use “P” grades to fulfill major or minor coursework taken in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021.

  • This policy applied for all lower-division and upper-division coursework required for the Chemistry/Biochemistry major or minor taken in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2021.
  • “P” grades did not count towards a student's GPA and a 'C-' or higher was required to earn a "P". More information can be found on TritonLink.
  • Spring 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 courses were excluded from the 25% limit on P/NP units, per the Academic Senate. Courses taken P/NP in Fall 2020 were counted towards the 25% limit. See details here.
  • Some graduate and/or professional schools may not accept courses in which a “P” grade is received (i.e. some schools may require letter grading).  With this in mind, we recommended that students contact individual schools to inquire about their admission policies. 

Please see the most recent COVID-19 updates from the Academic Senate here.

Lab Courses

Lab course offerings: All FA21 labs (CHEM 7L, 43A, 100A, 105A, 108, 109, & 143C) will be offered via an in-person format. 

Course Formats (In-Person, Hybrid, Remote)

While most courses in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be offered in-person for Fall 2021, there are currently a select few classes that will be offered in a remote or hybrid format. We highly recommend periodically checking the Schedule of Classes to get the most up-to-date information on course modality.

Please note that courses in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are subject to change from in-person or hybrid to fully remote, dependent on local or university guidelines surrounding COVID-19. Please continue to check the Schedule of Classes to receive updated information.

For questions about asynchronous & synchronous instruction, please contact the instructor directly. Do not assume that a course will be taught asynchronously as this information will need to be confirmed and provided by the instructor. For further information on Fall 2021 courses, please refer to the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes FAQ page.

How to read the Schedule of Classes:

RCLAS = Remote class

Courses labeled RCLAS are operating remotely. Make sure to check both lectures and discussions. If both lectures and discussions list RCLAS this course is fully remote.

HYBRID = Part remote, part in person

Courses that are operating as a hybrid, or part remote and part in person, indicate the remote section using RCLAS and a room number for the component that is in person. For example, if Chem 6A A00 lecture lists RCLAS but A01 indicates the discussion in York Hall, this is a hybrid class.

In Person

There are no fully in person courses scheduled at this time.

Add/Drop Deadlines

Please refer to the Campus add/drop deadlines linked here:

There are currently NO exceptions to the add/drop deadlines for FA21 per UCSD Campus policy.

Special Studies (CHEM 99, 197, 199)

Please see FA21 updates in regards to Special Studies here: 

Student Resources

Concurrent Enrollment

Please see FA21 updates in regards to Concurrent Enrollment here: