We welcome transfer students interested in a chemistry major or minor. As is true of chemistry programs everywhere, the major and the minor in chemistry at Rutgers are both hierarchical - that is, courses required of juniors and seniors have many pre-requisites. The pre-requisite structure can lead to special problems for transfer students. The correct choice of courses in the first semester is important and early advising can be helpful. With the appropriate choice of chemistry option and courses, a timely graduation is usually possible.
Some special advice for transfer students
We recommend strongly that if possible you sign up for 01:160:310 Organic Chemistry Laboratory in your first semester here.
The most common and pressing problem for transfer students concerns the transfer of credit for organic chemistry laboratory. Our chemistry major (not the minor) requires a total of five credits of organic laboratory given for two courses, both titled Organic Chemistry Laboratory 01:160:309 (spring only) and 01:160:310 (fall only). The first course, 309, is a pre-requisite for the second course, 310.
Many transfer students arrive having taken two semesters of organic chemistry, each of which included a 1-credit laboratory. For these courses, we normally transfer 2 credits and list them as our one-semester, organic laboratory course 01:160:311 (2 credits). Although 311 is not encouraged for chemistry majors, we accept it as a substitute for 01:160:309, provided that the student
- takes and passes a placement examination for 01:160:310 and
- registers for and completes 01:160:310.
Arrangements for the placement exam can be made with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Ms. Ola Elshorafa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Again, because the second semester organic laboratory, 01:160:310, is given only in the fall(!) it is important that incoming students with a year of organic chemistry arrange, if at all possible, to do what’s needed (see above) to register for 01:160:310 in their first semester here.
The NJTransfer website helps with the process of transferring community college courses in the State of New Jersey.