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General Chemistry Requirements

CHEM 4 Requirements

All students planning to register for CHEM 4 are strongly encouraged to take the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam before instruction begins to accurately determine their need for the class.

CHEM 4 is designed for students who do not pass the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam with a score of 35 or higher.

An ALEKS score of 61 or higher is required. Concurrent enrollment in MATH 12 allowed with an ALEKS score below 61 (or no ALEKS score).

Subject Requirement
Chemistry None. 
Math 61 or higher on ALEKS, or
Concurrent enrollment in MATH 12, or
MATH 12 completion, or
A score of 3 or higher on AP Calculus Exam

Chem 1A Requirements

All students who want to register for chem 1A must normally pass the chemistry diagnostic exam before registering for the class. The exam will not be offered after the semester begins. Students must be math qualified for Math 26A or Math 29 (An ALEKS score of 61 or higher is one way to qualify).

For Spring 2022 we are accepting any of the following in place of a Chemistry Diagnostic Exam score of 35 or higher:

  • AP Chemistry score of 2 or higher
  • Received a C or higher in a Chem 4 equivalent class at another university
  • Attempted a Chem 1A equivalent class at another university and received a D- to a C-
  • See the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam Alternatives Page for two alternative qualifying pathways for students that have completed high school chemistry.

For Fall 2022, we are also accepting any of the following in place of a Chemistry Diagnostic Exam score of 35 or higher:

  • AP Chemistry score of 2 or higher, or
  • Received a C or higher in a Chem 4 equivalent class at another university, or
  • Attempted a Chem 1A equivalent class at another university and received a D- to a C-.
Subject Requirement
Chemistry 35 or higher, or
Passed CHEM 4 with a C or better
Math Qualified for Math 26A or Math 29. Normally this means:
61 or higher on ALEKS, or
Math 12 completion, or
A score of 3 or higher on an AP Calculus Exam

CHEM 1E Requirements

All students who want to register for chem 1A must pass the chemistry diagnostic exam before registering for the class. The exam will not be offered after the semester begins. An ALEKS score of 76 or higher is required.

For Fall, 2022, we are also accepting any of the following in place of a Chemistry Diagnostic Exam score of 35 or higher:

  • AP Chemistry score of 2 or higher
  • Received a C or higher in a Chem 4 equivalent class at another university
  • Attempted a Chem 1A or 1E equivalent class at another university and received a D- to C-
  • See the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam Alternatives Page for two alternative qualifying pathways for students that have completed high school chemistry
Subject Requirement
Chemistry 35 or higher, or
passed CHEM 4 with a C or better
Math 76 or higher on ALEKS, or
Math 29 completion, or
A score of 3 or higher on AP Calculus Exam