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Course Overview

The Summer Intensive Opportunity in Chemistry is a week-long, intensive course that will help prepare you for the first-semester chemistry curriculum. The program is designed to provide admitted students with an opportunity to better prepare for courses that are required for majors in business, engineering, mathematics, computing, health or the physical or social sciences. Students participating in this week-long course will also gain experience in study and problem-solving skills, essential for a successful college experience.

Course Description

Prepare yourself for success in Chemistry, one of the courses notorious for derailing freshmen. 

The course is designed for UNC Charlotte incoming freshmen and transfer students planning to go into engineering, science, or health fields who can benefit from a preview of CHEM 1251 (Principles of Chemistry I) or CHEM 1200 (Fundamentals of Chemistry). 

High school students from the Charlotte Engineering Early College High School who are enrolled in CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1251 are also encouraged to attend.
Pre-nursing majors who will take CHEM 1203 (Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry I) can benefit from the intensive course.

This program is designed to:

  • Study actual course units that will be covered in the fall;
  • Confront the challenges of moving from high school to college;
  • Reduce the stress of your first semester;
  • Learn how to study as a college student (it is different than high school);
  • Practice with actual exams; and
  • Make new friends.

Study the same material that will be covered in your freshman chemistry course. Attend review sessions just as you would in the fall. Take tests and quizzes. Use the textbook and technology. Learn college-level problem-solving applicable to all science and math classes. Attend small group and individual sessions with the professor.

A Letter from the Instructor:

Every fall a new freshman class sits down in my Principles of Chemistry I. One thing they all have in common is that they were successful in high school. Yet too many of these students do not reach their potential in this course. This Intensive Chemistry Opportunity will help you succeed in chemistry this fall and in all of your classes here at UNC Charlotte. You will work hard; you will be challenged; you will not be left behind. Do you hate Chemistry? Fear you will fail? Worry about college-level work? In this program you will:

  • Develop a fundamental competency, and drill for coherence and fluency in this new language of Chemistry
  • Learn study habits and problem-solving skills carried into other science and engineering courses
  • Have fun – yes, work hard and have fun – make new friends, and learn the value of study groups
  • So let’s get to work!!

- Jordan Poler, Associate Professor of Chemistry, jcpoler@uncc.edu

From previous participants of SICO (Summer Intensive Chemistry Orientation):

"I thought SICO was a great experience because you make so many great friends that you will keep throughout college. It helps you learn your way around campus, while also preparing for chemistry. It helped me get used to college courses in the same environment that I was going to actually experience when I got here in the fall. Also the instructors were awesome, so awesome that I would really like to help out this summer!

Bennett

Additional Information

Schedule and Location

  • Monday, August 12, through Friday, August 16
  • Monday:  8:30 am - 7:30 pm*
  • Tuesday:9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

 *includes dinner

UNC Charlotte Campus: Experience life as a 49er! Smart classrooms, study groups, and on-campus dining. Meeting location for opening session will be sent via email.

How much is parking? Will I need a parking pass?
Parking passes are not required during the week of the program. 

Do I need to buy meals?
The dinner on Monday, August 12, is included in the registration fee. You will pay for lunch in the campus dining or may bring a lunch of your own. Students may bring snacks and drinks with them to class if they desire. Students will have a $40 credit added to their student ID which can be used for on-campus dining. 

Students staying on-campus in fall

Students participating in the SICO program have the option to check into their fall residence hall early.
There is a $100 fee for early check-in option that is due by Friday, August 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Students who wish to check in early will be provided time on Monday, August 12 from 3:30 - 6 p.m.

Sign up for Early Check-in
Add your name to the interest form by Friday, August 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Prerequisites

Course Requirements

The course is designed for UNC Charlotte incoming freshmen and transfer students planning to go into engineering, science, or health fields who can benefit from a preview of CHEM 1251 (Principles of Chemistry I) or CHEM 1200 (Fundamentals of Chemistry) or the high school students from the Charlotte Engineering Early College High School who are enrolled in CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1251.

Required Textbook

CHEM 1251: Chemistry: Structure and Properties by Nivaldo J. Tro, UNC Charlotte Custom Edition (ISBN 9781323767160) approx $127.00 - $169.30. This is the same textbook you will need for CHEM 1251 in the fall and can be purchased at the UNC Charlotte Bookstore. 

CHEM 1200: CHEM 12000-003, -004, -005 (Fall 2019)

Introductory Chemistry, Essentials, 6th edition, Tro, by Nivaldo J.Pearson. Modified Mastering with eText ISBN 9780134565620 approx $127.00. This is the same textbook you will need for CHEM 1200 (sections 003, 004, 005) in the fall and can be purchased at the UNC Charlotte Bookstore. 

Students should also plan to bring a scientific calculator, TI-83 or better and be familiar with the EE button and scientific notation.

Registration/Refund/Cancellation Policies

Deadline to register is August 5, 2019 by 5:00 pm. 

To Register

The cost of the program is $265. The fee includes instruction over the 5-day program, welcome dinner on Monday, August 12, and on-campus parking.

Payment Options
You may choose to pay $265 in full at the time of registration or pay a $50 deposit (refundable up to 7 days prior to the course start date) to hold your seat in the class. The invoiced remaining balance of $215 is due 10 days prior (8/2/19) to the course start date.

If you choose the deposit option, an invoice for the remaining balance and due date will be emailed to you. Any time prior to the due date, you may pay the remaining balance via credit card by logging into your Student Profile or by calling our Registration Center at 704-687-8900. If this is your first time registering via the Continuing Education website, you may set up a new account during the checkout process.

Refunds

The $50 deposit will hold your space until 10 days before the start of the course when the balance is due. Individuals who have not paid their remaining balance by the due date will forfeit their seat in the course and receive a refund of the deposit and any payments made towards the course registration fee up to that point.

If a refund is requested, payment refunds of the deposit and registration fee will be made up to 7 days before the start of the course. After that, no refunds can be made.

For Registration Questions

Please call the Registration Center at 704-687-8900 or 1-877-741-0134 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email CEregistration@uncc.edu.

For Curriculum Questions

Contact Dr. Jordan Poler at jcpoler@uncc.edu.

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