2017 SUMMER SESSION ONE: CHE 2A or CHE 2AH Placement Requirements

General Overview

The Department of Chemistry has determined that performance in General Chemistry (CHE 2A or CHE 2AH) is correlated with performance on a number of standardized exams. To ensure students are prepared to meet the demands imposed by the CHE 2A and CHE 2AH series at UC Davis, revised prerequisites for these courses have been put into effect for Fall 2016 and beyond.

For more information about the Chemistry Placement Exam, please refer to our Chemistry Placement Exam FAQ page. To learn more about the Math Placement Exam, please refer to the Math Placement Exam FAQ page. If you still have questions after reviewing these webpages, please email chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

Placement into General Chemistry (CHE 2A)

Students may place into CHE 2A via standardized test scores or via preparation. A score equal to, or higher than, the threshold value on any of the five standardized exams listed below qualifies a student to enroll in CHE 2A.

  • Qualifying Path #1: SAT Math score of 600+
  • Qualifying Path #2: ACT Math score of 27+
  • Qualifying Path #3: AP Chemistry score of 3+
  • Qualifying Path #4: SAT Chemistry score of 700+
  • Qualifying Path #5: Chemistry Placement Exam score of 24+ on first attempt

For students who do not meet Qualifying Pathways #1-5, there are two preparatory pathway options that will also satisfy the prerequisite to ensure enrollment in CHE 2A:

  • Preparatory Path #1: Completion of ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry with a 100% "Pie Mastery."
  • Preparatory Path #2: Completion of WLD 41C with a grade of "Pass" or "C" or better; this course is only offered in the Fall quarter and is open to students who do not meet Qualifying Pathways #1-5.

Students registered in CHE 2A without satisfying these requirements will be administratively dropped from their course by the Department of Chemistry regardless of what anyone else may have told them, including an adviser or an instructor. Exemptions to the Chemistry Placement Requirements are not granted.

Placement into Honors General Chemistry (CHE 2AH)

CHE 2AH is the "honors" version of General Chemistry. It covers the same material as CHE 2A but in more depth and with more complex examples. This course is for students who feel confident in their foundational chemistry knowledge. Although not required, it is also advisable for students to have completed a year of high school physics and be ready for a calculus-level mathematics course.

To ensure students are capable of meeting the demands imposed by the Honors General Chemistry sequence at UC Davis, revised prerequisites for CHE 2AH will be put into effect beginning in Fall 2016 and beyond. A score equal to, or higher than, the threshold value on any of the standardized exams listed below qualifies a student to enroll in CHE 2AH, space permitting.

  • Qualifying Path #1: SAT Math score of 670+
  • Qualifying Path #2: ACT Math score of 30+
  • Qualifying Path #3: AP Chemistry exam score of 4+
  • Qualifying Path #4: SAT Chemistry subject test score of 700+
  • Qualifying Path #5: Chemistry Placement Exam score of 33+ on first attempt
  • Qualifying Path #6: Chemistry Placement Exam score of 30+ and Math Placement Exam score of 45+ on first attempt

Students who do not meet the criteria outlined in Qualifying Pathways #1-6 above are encouraged to take CHE 2A, rather than Honors General Chemistry, assuming they meet the criteria for CHE 2A.

Students registered in CHE 2AH without satisfying these requirements will be administratively dropped from their course by the Department of Chemistry regardless of what anyone else may have told them, including an adviser or an instructor. Exemptions to the Chemistry Placement Requirements are not granted.

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

ALEKS PREPARATORY CHEMISTRY COURSE: Newly Admitted Freshman Only

This ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry course is open to our newly admitted freshman population to ensure proper placement in CHE 2A (General Chemistry) or CHE 2AH (Honors General Chemistry) for the upcoming Fall quarter. To access this course, go to: https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/enroll/H77X3T.

Please note, the following timelines to access and complete this online preparatory course:

  • Monday, May 29 - First day to access and sign up for the course
  • Friday, July 21 - Last day to sign up for the course
  • Friday, August 4 - Last day to complete the course with 100% Mastery
  • TBD - Student accounts billed for taking the course

If you experience problems accessing this ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry course or have questions, feel free to contact us at chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

OVERVIEW

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is designed to test for individualized knowledge gaps and to fill the gaps through computerized adaptive learning software. Students take an initial assessment which the software uses to gauge a student's current content mastery level. A student's mastery level may go up or down based on a student's subsequent interactions with the software. The goal of this preparatory course is to fill the "pie" to 100%, which is the mastery level.  

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is an online, self-paced, minimally supervised course. We encourage students to take this preparatory course before their freshman year in order to remain on-sequence (i.e. qualified students will be able to take CHE 2A in the Fall quarter), especially if General Chemistry is a key part of their lower-division major requirements.

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is open to all students, regardless of exam scores or current/previous coursework. In this way, ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry may also be used by students to refresh their skill set in General Chemistry or supplement their learning of chemistry.

FOR USE AS A PREPARATORY PATHWAY TO PLACE INTO CHE 2A

Complete ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry as a pathway to ensure enrollment in CHE 2A. Students who opt to take this online, self-paced, minimally supervised course must earn a 100% Mastery "Pie" Level. The topics in the course were selected by faculty members in the Department of Chemistry who teach general chemistry. 

Additional information about ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry:

  • Course Credit. ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is a not-for-credit course. There is no course registration number associated with this option.
  • Cost. A fee of $35.29 will be billed to a student's UC Davis account as part of the Inclusive Access Program for digital course materials (much like online textbooks or online homework). For students completing ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry over the summer, billing will be deferred until Fall quarter (late-September), after financial aid funds have been distributed. 
  • Completion Time. Since ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is an adaptive learning program, time to completion will vary based on a student's interactions with the course. Time to complete the course ranges from 8 hours to 120 hours, with an average of 25 hours, of work in the online modules. The student license to access the course is twelve weeks, starting when students first complete their registration. It is the student's responsibility to complete ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry before his or her license expires, or before the specified deadline to finish, whichever occurs first. 
  • Enrollment. Students seeking to ensure their placement in CHE 2A for the 2017 Summer Session may enroll in ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry via Canvas. To access this course, go to: https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/enroll/9XEXRA. After students enroll via Canvas, they will be able to read more about the course and how it works prior to starting their paid access.
  • Recommendations. Taking the course is recommended for students who have reliable internet access from a computer or tablet (sorry, no smart phones), have the time-management skills necessary to complete an online, self-paced course, and feel that limited interaction with peers and an instructor is sufficient. Students are encouraged to create an "ALEKS Notebook" to take notes on how to complete problems and to review notes prior to taking the periodic assessments in the course. Students should set aside time each day towards completing the course. Additionally, students are encouraged to consult outside recourses (i.e. ChemWiki) before clicking the "explain" button. Frequent use of the "explain" button will extend the time spent in the program. Long gaps between sessions to solve problems can trigger a re-assessment of a student's mastery level.
  • Supervision. ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is minimally supervised by a designated faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. Students taking the course will be able to communicate with other students and the faculty member via an online forum.

SUMMER 2017: DEADLINES TO ACCESS ALEKS PREPARATORY CHEMISTRY

  • First Day to Sign Up: 12:00am on April 10 (note - student license is 12 weeks from date of sign-up)
  • Last Day to Sign Up: 11:59pm on June 9
  • Last Day to Complete with 100% Mastery: 11:59pm on June 23
  • Student Accounts Billed: May 22

It is the student's responsibility to complete ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry before his license expires or before the specified deadline to finish, whichever occurs first. 

Any questions or concerns that may not be addressed by this page or our FAQ page should be directed to chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C)

FOR USE AS A PREPARATORY PATHWAY TO PLACE INTO CHE 2A

This is a standard course taught by Sacramento City College instructors on the UC Davis campus. Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C) is only offered during the Fall quarter. Students must achieve a grade of "Pass" or "C" or better to register for CHE 2A. This option is for students who prefer to have a standard course with face-to-face instructor time, homework, and exams.

Additional information about Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C):

  • Course Credit. Workload Chemistry provides 3 units of credit towards minimum progress and full-time enrollment status but not credit towards graduation.
  • Cost. The cost for Workload Chemistry is covered by a student's tuition. Students are also expected to purchase any course materials assigned by the instructor including textbook and online homework system access (estimated at $99.00).
  • Completion Time. A 3-unit course is expected to take 6-9 hours of work per week in addition to time spent in-class. This course is only offered in the Fall quarter which causes a (minimum) one-quarter delay towards starting the general chemistry series (CHE 2ABC). That delay may cause further delays in courses that require the completion of general chemistry. 
  • Enrollment. During UC Davis class registration times for the Fall quarter, register for Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C).
  • Recommendation. This preparatory course is intended for students who do not satisfy the criteria of Qualifying Pathways #1-5 to ensure enrollment in CHE 2A and who want a traditional in-person course with deadlines and assignments set by an instructor.

Chemistry and Math Placement Exams

How to Register for Exams:

Manual Registration

Registration is only available during the periods listed below. If you are not currently enrolled in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH, you may request access to take either or both exams. To take Chemistry Placement Exam, submit the Chemistry manual registration form. To take the Math Placement Exam, please go to the Math Placement Exam page regarding manual registration.

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Manual Registration Period - Testing Session for Summer Session I:

June 19 (Opens at 1:00p PST) thru June 26 (Closes at 1:00p PST)

Manual Registration Period - Testing Session #2:

There is no second testing session for Summer Session I

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CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT EXAM: Newly Admitted Freshman Only

Incoming Freshmen will be notified in mid-June about how to access and take the Chemistry Placement Exam. They will be sent instructions and login information via email to their UC Davis email address.


The following are the designated testing sessions for each admitting college. Each testing session begins at 1:00p (PST) on the first day and closes at 1:00p (PST) on the last day. 

  • College of Letters & Science = June 8 thru June 28
  • College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences = June 8 thru June 28
  • College of Biological Sciences = June 22 thru July 12
  • College of Engineering = June 22 thru July 12

For more information about the Chemistry Placement Exam, please refer to our Chemistry Placement Exam FAQ page. Staff assistance during the testing sessions is only available during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 9:00a-4:00p. Should you require help, please contact us at chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

The Chemistry Placement Exam is only available online. Students choosing to take the placement exam may do so only once per testing session. Typically speaking, the placement exam is offered twice during the Fall and Winter quarters, and only once during the Summer. As with any exam, if special accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact the Student Disability Center.

Students opting to take Chemistry Placement Exam to ensure placement in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH for the upcoming must request access by completing the Manual Registation Form (see instruction box).

The upcoming testing session to take the placement exam(s) are:

  • Testing Session for Summer Session I: June 19 (Opens at 1:00p PST) thru June 27 (Closes at 1:00p PST)

Additional Course Suggestion in Chemistry

Concepts in Chemistry (CHE 10). This is a lecture-based, 4-unit survey course that takes students through basic concepts and applications in chemistry. It is only offered in the Fall quarter. While this course's primary function is to serve non-science majors, CHE 10 can help science majors refresh their interest in chemistry.

Students who take CHE 10 may enroll in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH during a later quarter. If students do this, they are still subject to satisfying the Chemistry Placement Requirements. Additionally, CHE 10 should not be viewed as a preparatory course for CHE 2A or CHE 2AH. If you are seeking to re-establish your skill set in chemistry, ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is recommended.