Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Placement & Prerequisites

CHEM 210 Survey

Students interested in taking CHEM 210 (General Chemistry 1), answer these sample questions to determine if you are ready for CHEM 210:

  • Can you correctly name these compounds?   (a) P4O6    (b) FeO    (c) NaCl
  • Can you determine the number of grams in 0.500 mol NaCl (58.44 g/mol)?
  • Can you balance the following equation? CH4 + O2 -> CO2 + H2O
  • Can you explain why sodium forms the Na+ ion and chlorine forms the Cl- ion?
  • Can you draw an electron dot structure and deduce the shape of a water molecule?
  • Can you rearrange PV=nRT to show how you would calculate the moles of an ideal gas?
  • Is chemistry interesting to you and are you willing to work hard?

If you answered yes to each of these questions AND you meet one of the math prerequisites below, you likely have the tools to be successful in CHEM 210.

If you are not confident in answering these questions, you need to take CHEM 160 (Preparatory Chemistry) prior to taking CHEM 210.

Chem 151, 160 and 210 Placement Information

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

Placement into . . . CHEM 151 or 160 CHEM 210
Meet one of the options below Meet one of the options below and answer survey above.
ACT math subscore 20 or higher on either ACT math subscore or SCSU MMA1 22 or higher on either ACT math subscore exam or SCSU MMA2
SAT math subscore 520 or higher 530 or higher
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA's) 1150 or higher 1158 or higher
ACCUPLACER 255 or higher on Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAS) 245 or higher Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF exam)
ACCUPLACER 245 or higher on Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF)
ACCUPLACER 50 or higher on College Level Math
(CLM exam)
50 or higher
(CLM exam)
College Level Math
ACCUPLACER 60 or higher
Intermediate Alg Placement Test-CAT
60 or higher
Intermediate Alg Placement Test-CAT or SCSU MMIA
ACCUPLACER 70 or higher on either Elementary Algebra
(EA exam) or SCSU MMEA
Completion of MATH 070 with a C- or better* MATH 072 with a C- or better**
Completion of CHEM 160 with a C- or better


 *Instead of MATH 070, these higher-level classes are acceptable: MATH 072, 112, 113, 115, 193, 196, 211, 212, 221, 222 and 325.

**Instead of MATH 072, these higher-level MATH classes are acceptable: MATH 112, 113, 115, 196, 211, 212, 221, 222 and 325.


Accuplacer scores are valid for two years.

ACT, SAT and MCA scores are valid for five years.