There are certain criteria for CHEM 499 (Undergraduate Research) and students that do not meet these criteria should enroll in CHEM 498 (Senior Laboratory). Students should complete an application that indicates that you have an interest in undergraduate research, you have some idea about what your responsibilities are and you have the qualifications.

  1. CHEM 499 should be limited to Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
  2. Research students should have completed General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II and Experimental Organic Chemistry I.
  3. Research students should have earned a grade of C or better in all chemistry classes attempted.
  4. Once a student has completed 3 credits of CHEM 499, the student should be permitted to take only 1 semester hour of CHEM 499 in any particular semester.
  5. Upon completion of CHEM 499, all students are required to prepare a formal research report

These are general criteria and exceptions can be made for outstanding students.


The University: All University programs will develop in students the ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge in a climate characterized by tolerance and openness in the exploration of ideas.

The College: Through an array of discovery-based courses and research opportunities, the College encourages learning of science and mathematics for all University students.

The Department: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to teaching chemistry and biochemistry in a stimulating environment that provides ample opportunity for hands on experimentation and individual research.

With these statements in mind, all students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to participate in research projects under the supervision of the faculty. If you are interested in research view the requirements and download the Research Application.