Chemistry Distinguished Scholars


You have been selected to apply to participate in Western’s Chemistry Distinguished Scholars Program based on information in your application for admission. This selective program is reserved for students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a passion for science.


About the program

The Chemistry Distinguished Scholars Program at Western offers a select group of incoming first-year students access to highly-sought-after courses and an amazing opportunity to connect with other science students. Up to 24 students representing a broad array of interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are selected each year to participate.


  • Placement into a small group of students with similar academic interests (called a cohort).
  • Guaranteed enrollment in introductory courses, including Honors General Chemistry. These courses offer a smaller, more inclusive learning environment, and provide a gateway to genuine research experiences in the Chemistry Department.
  • One-on-one advising with a Chemistry faculty member to help chart your coursework, advise you on research and internship opportunities, and plan your future after graduation.

Course Access

First year

Guaranteed enrollment:

Fall: CHEM 175 (Honors)

Winter: CHEM 176 (Honors)

Spring: CHEM 225


Priority registration or a guaranteed seat:

Spring: BIOL 204


Fall and winter math class

Depending upon your Math Placement Exam and/or AP Calculus scores, you will have a seat in the appropriate math class. Students must pass the Math Placement Exam to enroll in any general chemistry class, including Honors.

Second year

Priority registration or a guaranteed seat:

Fall: PHYS 161