Chemistry 391 » Fall/Spring » Full Semester
Variable Credits
Independent Study

Prerequisites: None.
Crosslisting: None.
Restrictions: Permission of Instructor / Special Application Required. Faculty rules restrict students to one four-credit Independent Studies course per semester.

Course Summary:
Individual study of advanced topics arranged by students. The student and instructor determine what course title is most appropriate. The title, limited to 28 spaces, is listed on the Independent Studies Form. This title will appear on the transcript as the official title of the course. If students do not submit a title, the course title will be determined by the number of the course as listed above.

Course Topics:

The objectives and content of independent study courses are determined in consultation between specially qualified matriculated students and full-time members of the teaching faculty. Their purpose is to provide opportunities for independent study of subject matter not included or not treated in sufficient depth in a regularly offered course.

  1. Student's need to submit an online “Independent Study Form” (available online at:
    It is expected that this form will be completed after discussing the Independent Study with the sponsoring Instructor, and obtaining a permission code.
  2. For four-credit courses, the Independent Studies Form needs to be submitted online no later than the end of the third week of classes. Students may submit requests for two-credit independent studies up to the mid-point of the semester.
  3. If any questions are raised in the Dean's review of the proposed course, the student will be contacted promptly. Otherwise, in an arrangement between the Registrar's Office and the Center for Academic Support, the student will be registered for the course. (Independent Studies courses are never listed on the registration form or on a drop/add form.)

  4. For more detailed instructions please see:

    Upper-Level Writing and Independent Studies: Students wishing to use an independent study to fulfill an upper-level writing requirement make appropriate arrangements with their major department.

    Instructor Eligibility: The person who consents to supervise the project must be a full-time member of the teaching faculty, or a visiting or adjunct faculty member designated by the department chair as qualified to do so. Students are allowed to take no more than eight credits of Independent Studies courses with the same instructor unless approved by the Dean, which is normally granted for senior honors projects approved by the department Chair.

    Note: The faculty is within its rights to decline to supervise students if registration comes too late after the beginning of classes. Similarly, any request for an exception to the policies noted above may be denied. Therefore, students should begin their planning early.