Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Placement & Prerequisites

This guide will help you navigate lower-level chemistry coursework.

Placement into . . . CHEM 151 or 160 CHEM 210
Meet one of the four options below Meet one of the six options below
ACT math subscore 20 or higher 22 or higher
SAT math subscore 480 or higher 530 or higher
ACCUPLACER 70 or higher
EA exam
50 or higher
CLM exam
ACCUPLACER 60 or higher
Intermediate Alg Placement Test-CAT*
Completion of MATH 070 or higher MATH 072 or higher
Completion of CHEM 160 with a C or better

Key
EA = Elementary Algebra   CLM = College Level Math   

*Formerly called IA Intermediate Algebra

 


 

CHEM 151

Must have an ACT math subscore of 20 or higher; OR SAT math subscore of 480 or higher; OR have completed MATH 070 with a C or better; OR a score of 70 or higher on the ACCUPLACER EA exam (Elementary Algebra). Instead of MATH 070, these higher-level classes are acceptable: MATH 072, 112, 113, 115, 193, 196, 211, 212, 221, 222 and 325.

CHEM 160

Must have an ACT math subscore of 20 or higher; OR SAT math subscore of 480 or higher; OR have completed MATH 070 with a C- or better; OR a score of 70 or higher on the ACCUPLACER EA exam (Elementary Algebra). Instead of MATH 070, these higher-level classes are acceptable: MATH 072, 112, 113, 115, 193, 196, 211, 212, 221, 222 and 325.

CHEM 210

There is no placement exam to get into CHEM 210. Students who have not had high school chemistry but meet the math requirements for CHEM 210 are strongly urged to register for CHEM 160.

Must have completed CHEM 160 with a C or better; OR an ACT math subscore of 22 or higher; OR an SAT math subscore of 530; OR have completed MATH 072 with a C- or better; OR a score of 60 or higher on Intermediate Alg Placement Test-CAT (used to be called intermediate algebra IA); OR a score of 50 or higher on the ACCUPLACER CLM exam (College Level Math). Instead of MATH 072, these higher-level MATH classes are acceptable: MATH 112, 113, 115, 196, 211, 212, 221, 222 and 325.