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If you receive an error message like “Course validation failed” or “Enrollment requisites not met” while trying to enroll, but you think that you meet the prerequisites for the course, you might be attempting to enroll in a special section reserved for students in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG), Residential Hall, or a special honors section. Please check the notes and enrollment requirements for any restrictions.
If a course section is full, students may add themselves to the wait list in Course Search & Enroll. Wait lists for the introductory (100 level) courses are not activated until the bulk of enrollment is complete and most sections are full, while wait lists for other chemistry courses are activated earlier.
Every effort is made to accommodate as many students as possible and wait lists are monitored continually up through the add deadline. Being on the wait list does not guarantee a student a seat in the class. Students are strongly encouraged to look for ways to make an open section work with their schedules, before adding to the wait list for a full section. Wait listed students are notified via email if a seat becomes available. Students should check their email daily, even over breaks. In general, priority is given to students in the order they joined the wait list, but for some courses more senior students will have priority.
Late Transfers from CHEM 109 to CHEM 103 (discontinued fall 2021)
Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, the Department of Chemistry is discontinuing its practice of allowing students to swap late from CHEM 109 to CHEM 103 after the normal add deadline at the end of the second week of classes. Students who are uncertain about which course to take are strongly encouraged to seek advising prior to the add deadline from their CHEM 103 or CHEM 109 lead instructor, their academic advisor, and/or the chemistry advisor. The add deadline for fall 2021 is Friday, September 17.
Prerequisites for Fall Courses
If you are taking a summer course elsewhere (not at UW-Madison) that is a prerequisite for a chemistry course that you intend to take fall semester at Madison, you will not be able to enroll without special permission. To obtain that permission, you need to supply proof that you have enrolled in the equivalent prerequisite course.
If you plan to take a prerequisite course at a UW System, Wisconsin Technical, or Wisconsin Tribal College, you can use Transferology to see how the credits will transfer. Several two-year institutions in Minnesota and Illinois are also included in the Transferology database. If you plan to take a prerequisite course from an institution that is not in Transferology, you should submit a request for evaluation through the UW Office of Admissions Course Equivalency Service (CES). You will need to provide the report from CES when you request permission to enroll in the chemistry course.
Please send your request for permission, student ID number, proof of enrollment in prerequisite course, and proof of equivalency (if the course is not in Transferology) to the Undergraduate Chemistry Office (email@example.com).
We do not offer pre-permissions for CHEM 103 or CHEM 109. Math requisites for these courses need to be completed before enrollment will be permitted.
Once you have completed your summer course, please send us an unofficial copy of your transcript, so that we can verify that you have met the prerequisite before the fall semester begins. You will still need to send an official copy of your transcript to UW Admissions so that your transfer credits can be posted on your record. The Office of the Registrar has many more details on how to transfer your credits to UW Madison.
If you are enrolled for the prerequisite course during the summer term at UW-Madison, you will not need special permission to enroll in the fall course.
Still have questions?
If you need further assistance, or you still have enrollment or course access questions, please send an email including your student ID number and specific questions to the Undergraduate Chemistry Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Staff from the Undergraduate Chemistry Office are currently working remotely and are monitoring this email during normal business hours, 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday through Friday.