Chemistry Placement

Traditional standardized Math, English and ESOL assessments are no longer required in order to place into appropriate courses. If you have graduated high school within the past 10 years, have taken math/English/ESOL courses at a college, or have a copy of your high school or college transcript, please go to the Counseling Department to get placed in your Math/English/ESOL courses.
MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Must be completed before meeting with a counselor, or complete by the end of your first semester.
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Chemistry Placement Exam

Note to Chemistry Students: Due to COVID-19 we have an alternative Chemistry placement exam. Please see below and follow the directions carefully for proper processing.

  1. Students have an option to take on online course called ALEKS. The Chemistry Department has set this up and students who pass this course and show proof can be placed in Chemistry 1A; contact Samuel Gillette for more information on this option.
  2. Students also have the option to challenge the pre-requisite and submit their Challenge petition form to Admissions & Records who will process and then forward to Sam Gillette (Chemistry Department Chair) so he can review and make a final decision. Here is a link to the Prerequisite Challenge Form:
  3. Students also can take the prerequisite course (Chemistry 30A) required and then enroll in Chemistry 1A in the next semester.

Hope this is clear and helpful information. If you have additional questions regarding Chemistry related matters please contact Sam Gillette at