Application to Phase II

Phase II Application. Applications are due the first day of Spring Quarter for admission to Phase II courses the following fall. 

  • 1 Current: Instructions and Certification
  • 2 Applicant Information
  • 3 Phase II Application
  • 4 Short Answer Responses
  • 5 Review Submission
  • 6 Complete

Phase II Applications are due the first day of spring quarter classes at 11:55PM 

  • Applications are considered for students beginning Phase II chemistry or biochemistry the following fall quarter. 
  • Late applications will not be considered until the following year.

    • If you have missed the deadline due to the movement of the first day of Spring Quarter classes, please reach out to chemistry@wwu.edu. 
  • Students applying who have NOT started classes at WWU yet: you must be admitted to Western prior to applying to Phase II


Please complete the form below to apply for Phase II of your major; after carefully reviewing the below information - which you will attest you have read and understand.

  1. Admission to the BA/BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry programs is a two-phase process.  
    • Students initially declare as a pre-major (Phase I) and admission to full-major status (Phase II) is determined by academic performance (GPA) as a pre-major (in Phase I) and other factors.
  2. Admission to programs is limited by space in upper-division labs. 
    • Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission.
  3. In order to apply for full-major (Phase II) status, students must have successfully (with a C- or better) completed all pre-major (Phase I) courses outlined below.
    • Students who will complete the coursework prior to the beginning of Phase II courses (the following fall), should still apply with the understanding that they may be asked to re-apply after course completion or be re-evaluated after course completion.
  4. Advanced Placement (AP) scores are converted to letter grades as follows:  5=A, 4=B, 3=C
  5. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may repeat one of the Phase I (Pre-Major) courses for the purpose of increasing their GPA and to become eligible for Phase II. 
    • If a student repeats a course, the new grade replaces the existing grade.  
      • Therefore the final grade received in course will be used, regardless of which instance of the course has a higher grade.
    • In order to be eligible for Phase II consideration, all Phase I courses must be completed with a C- or above.
  6. All applicants will be cross-evaluated for eligibility in other programs, should they not be admitted to their desired program.
    • Students may be offered the BA in Chemistry if space does not allow for all applicants to pursue a BS. 
      • Students admitted to a BA may waitlist for the BS and should pursue the appropriate coursework (under advisement) to graduate in a timely fashion, should they later be admitted to a BS program.
        • For example:  Students waitlisted for the BS-Chemistry program should still complete the additional math course (MATH 204) and be sure they have room in their study plan for 9 credits of advanced electives (from approved list). 
  7. Submit completed online application via this webform by the first day of courses of the Spring quarter 2 years prior to your anticipated graduation date.
    • ​​​Late applications will not be considered until the following year.
    • Phase II admission decisions will be announced in May prior to Fall quarter registration.
      • All accepted applicants must attend Phase II orientation or meet with Program Coordinator to fill out your Phase II declaration form.
      • Your major status will not reflect Phase II until the form is completed.
        • Failure to have your records updated will cause registration restriction issues.  Meaning, you will be restricted from registering for Phase II courses.
    • To review the writing prompts at the end of the Phase II application, see the following document: 
  8. You are responsible for providing accurate information.  
    • If you need to review your grades, you may view your unofficial transcript and Transfer Equivalency Report by logging in to Web4U.
    • If your responses are found to be dishonest, you will be disqualified.  

Please see the Chemistry portion of the Catalog for more information.

  • BS-Chemistry degree has a Phase I GPA of 3.0 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of Phase II approval.
      • Phase I coursework for BS-Chemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 161-163 (or CHEM 175, 176 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • MATH 124 & 125 (or MATH 134 & 135 - Calculus, Honors ~or~ MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus)
        • PHYS 161
          • ​​Students must complete PHYS 161-163 and MATH 224 before beginning CHEM 461 in fall.
  • BS-Biochemistry degree has a Phase I GPA of 3.0 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of admission to Phase II courses within any specific quarter or timeframe.
      • Phase I coursework for BS-Biochemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 161-163 (or CHEM 175, 176 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • BIOL 205
  • BA-Chemistry degree has a Phase I GPA of 2.5 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 2.5 GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of Phase II approval.
    • Phase II approval is not a guarantee of enrollment in lab courses in the coming fall quarter.
      • Phase I coursework for BA-Chemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 161-163 (or CHEM 175, 176 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • MATH 124 & 125 (or MATH 134 & 135, or MATH 138) 
        • PHYS 161
          • ​Students must complete PHYS 161-163 and MATH 224 before beginning CHEM 461 in fall.
Certification
Please certify that you have read and understand the above policies and procedures regarding this webform.