Placement Requirements

General Overview

All students who register in CHE 2A or 4A are required to satisfy the Chemistry Placement Requirement. Students who do not satisfy the placement requirement to remain enrolled in general chemistry will be administratively dropped from the course by the Department of Chemistry. There are no exemptions to the Chemistry Placement Requirements.

CHE 2A is General Chemistry.  CHE 4A is General Chemistry for Physical Sciences & Engineering- the following majors should consider enrolling in CHE 4A:

Chemistry B.S. - American Chemical Society Emphasis

Chemical Physics

Chemical Engineers

Pathways to CHE 2A or CHE 4A:

A score of 24 or more on the Chemistry Placement Exam is required to ensure enrollment in CHE 2A.

A score of 28 or more on the Chemistry Placement Exam is required to ensure enrollment in CHE 4A.

A grade of C- or higher in CHE 1V will also ensure enrollment in CHE 2A or CHE 4A (NEW as of Summer 2022)


Winter Session 2023 Placement Testing

The Winter Testing Session has closed.  The next Testing Session will be in June prior to Summer Session 1.  Please check back in Spring for more information.

Are you planning to enroll in CHE 2A or CHE 4A in Winter Quarter 2023? Please refer to the following link for further information about our placement requirement. Included are the dates to take the Chemistry Placement Exam, tips on how to prepare for the online exam, and other timely information to ensure enrollment in general chemistry.  

Winter 2023


New Student Orientation 2022 Placement Testing

Incoming first-year students who plan to take CHE 2A or CHE 4A in Fall 2022 should take the Chemistry Placement Exam during their college exam window.  E-mail instructions will be sent prior to the exam window.  The exam can be taken one time during the window.  Students who do not score a 24/28 plus on the exam will be able to take the exam again in September.

Orientation Placement Exam FAQ