Placement info for advisors—summer and fall 2021
All new entering students, including transfer students, regardless of prior college chemistry credit at the 100 level, must take this exam in order to enroll in CHEM-C 105. Continuing students without CHEM-C 101 (or equivalent) credit are also required to take the exam in order to enroll in CHEM-C 105. Continuing students with CHEM-101 credit (with a grade of C or higher, not C–) within the past three semesters are not required to take the chemistry placement exam (CPE).
What are the prerequisites for CHEM-C 105?
The minimum prerequisites for enrollment in CHEM-C 105 are one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra. If these prerequisites have not been met by the student, then the student must enroll in CHEM-C 101. The widely available course Integrated Chemistry and Physics (ICP) does not meet the requirement for one year of high school chemistry. Credit earned by completion of CHEM-C 101 (or a higher level chemistry course, except CHEM-C 110/115) with a grade of C or better (not C–) within the past 18 months meets the chemistry prerequisite requirement. Students who completed CHEM-C 101 more than 18 months ago must take and pass the chemistry placement exam before they are allowed to take CHEM-C 105.
What are the placement exam scores needed to enroll in the chemistry options?
The placement process involves achieving qualifying scores both on the CPE and the math placement exam (MPE) based on ALEKS and SAT/ACT math scores.
Recommended to CHEM-C 105: A CPE score of 20 or higher and an ALEKS MPE score of 62 or higherwith an SAT/ACT score of 520/19.
Student’s advisor conditional placement: If the math placement score is met, but the CPE score is not met. If the score on the math placement score is 62 or higher, and the CPE is 18 or 19, then enrollment in C105 will be permitted with the approval of the student’s advisor. The advisor should consider performance in the prerequisite courses stated above and the likelihood of success based on recent academic data.
Chemistry advisor conditional placement: Neither score meets the CPE/MPE targets in #1. If the CPE score is 18 or 19 AND the ALEKS MPE score is 40 to 62, student should complete MATH 11100 first, and it is strongly recommended to take CHEM-C 101 before taking CHEM-C 105. However, if both the student’s academic advisor and the chemistry department advisor approve, enrollment in C105 will be permitted. This has a low probability of the student being successful.
Required enrollment in CHEM-C 101: If the CPE score is 17 or lower AND the ALEKS MPE score is 40 or higher, the student will enroll in CHEM-C 101.
If the ALEKS MPE score is lower than 40 regardless of the CPE score, the student should take the appropriate math course(s) prior to enrollment in either C101 or C105.
If a student took CHEM-C 105 more than 18 months ago and wants to repeat the course, they must take and pass the chemistry placement exam before they are allowed to retake the course.