We strongly believe in providing a positive educational experience for our students. As stated in our campus Core Values, "We will seek the development of a multicultural campus environment in which each person contributes unique talents to make the university a better place and, in turn, is fully valued and supported.” Our goal is to recruit and foster a diverse population to pursue careers in chemistry-based sciences, including chemistry and biochemistry research, medicine, medical research, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and teaching, to name a few.
What to Expect in Spring 2021
Welcome! The faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are pleased let you know that while things are going to be different than the pre-COVID era, we are making every effort to provide the best possible educational experience in all of our courses. As most of you are aware, courses will be delivered in a variety of formats:
- In-Person and HyFlex (Hybrid/Flexible)
- Many courses with small enrollments and many lab courses will have students attending in person. In HyFlex courses, students may be broken into groups, and those groups will attend on alternate days or alternate weeks, with additional remote activities to supplement.
- Please note: All students, staff, and faculty are required to follow social distancing and personal protective equipment guidelines, including the wearing of face masks for any in-person attendance. In particular, because it may be difficult to maintain 6-foot distancing between instructors and students in laboratory settings, all lab instructors will wear both a face mask and a face shield.
- Remote Synchronous and Remote Asynchronous
- Because of reduced classroom capacities, many of our large enrollment courses need to be delivered remotely.
- In Remote Synchronous courses, students are expected to attend virtual meetings during the regularly scheduled class times. In many cases those meetings will be recorded so that students can view or review the meetings at a later time.
- In Remote Asynchronous courses, students are not expected to attend scheduled meetings. Students do their work on their own time. Of course there will be deadlines for assignments and assessments, but otherwise students can do their work on their own schedule.
- Please note: Most faculty in the department have had training in delivering courses remotely, and many regularly teach fully online courses. We are confident in our ability to deliver courses remotely and to provide the best possible experience for our students.
- Faculty Office Hours and Administrative Office
- Some faculty will hold virtual office hours and some will be in person, usually by appointment, and of course while practicing appropriate social distancing. Your instructors will let you know how their office hours will work.
- The administrative office will be limited to one visitor at a time, face mask required. Please be respectful of our staff and our visitors.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your instructors. Working together, we'll get through this. Hope to see you (even if perhaps only virtually) in the spring!
David Anderson, PhD