Chemistry Placement

Please use the criteria below when selecting a general chemistry course.

 

Student Description/Preparation

Recommended Chemistry and Math Courses

A

Little or no high school chemistry
AND
concurrent enrollment in MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra
(3 cr) or MTH 103 Algebraic Reasoning (4 cr) or higher

CH 121 General Chemistry (5 cr).

A more gradual and thorough approach in the CH 121, CH 122, CH 123 sequence will prepare some students to take an advanced chemistry course such as CH 331

B

Students who do not place in MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra
(3 cr) or MTH 103 Algebraic Reasoning (4 cr) should first complete MTH 065 Elementary Algebra (3 cr) with a C or better

CH 121 General Chemistry (5 cr) concurrently with
MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr)
or
MTH 103 Algebraic Reasoning (4 cr)

C

Students without high school chemistry but who have AP credit or placement in MTH 251 Differential Calculus (4 cr) or higher.

OR:

  1. At least one year of high school chemistry
    AND
  2. Completion of MTH 111 or higher
    OR concurrent enrollment in MTH 111
    OR placement in MTH 112 or higher

For best success, the Chemistry Department suggests:
SATM (490) or ACTM (20) or MPAL (75)

Engineering students other than listed in D below:
CH 201 Chemistry for Engineering Majors (3 cr)

Engineering students may want to take the optional
CH 211 Recitation for Chemistry 201 (1 cr)

Other students:
CH 231 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 261 Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1 cr)

The complete sequence includes:
CH 232 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 262 Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1 cr) and
CH 233 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 263 Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1 cr)

D

Science, bioengineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and pre-medical/pre-dental/pre-pharmacy students and other students interested in a complete general chemistry sequence:

  1. At least one year of high school chemistry
    AND
  2. Completion of MTH 111 or higher
    OR concurrent enrollment in MTH 111
    OR placement in MTH 112 or higher

For best success, the Chemistry Department suggests:
SATM (490) or ACTM (20) or MPAL (75)

CH 231 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 261 Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1 cr)

The complete sequence includes:
CH 232 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 262 Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1 cr) and
CH 233 General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 263 Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1 cr)

E

Students in the University Honors College and:

  1. At least one year of high school chemistry
    AND
  2. Completion of MTH 111 or higher
    OR concurrent enrollment in MTH 111
    OR placement in MTH 112 or higher

For best success, the Chemistry Department suggests:
SATM (490) or ACTM (20) or MPAL (75)

CH 231H Honors General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 261H Laboratory for Chemistry 231H

The complete sequence for these students also includes:
CH 232H Honors General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 262H Laboratory for Chemistry 232H
and
CH 233H Honors General Chemistry (4 cr)
and CH 263H Laboratory for Chemistry 233H

Second Language Assessment

Students with previous training or experience in a second language who do not have advanced placement or college credit are required to take a Second Language Assessment before enrolling in a language course. There is an online placement test for Chinese, Russian, French, German and Spanish and these online, self-proctored exams can be taken at any time. No proctor is required. To request access to the placement exam contact the main office of the World Languages and Cultures Program, 210 Kidder Hall, 541-737-2146 or helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu. Students will need to provide their OSU ID number.

Students without previous training or experience in a second language are highly encouraged to start their second language requirement in their freshman year as only a limited number of seats are available and courses fill quickly. World Languages cannot guarantee accommodation and on-time graduation for students delaying the completion of their language requirement.

Ecampus students may contact Helen Wilhelm in World Languages and Cultures, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu, for information, a testing link, and access code. You will need to provide your OSU ID. If you do not know your OSU ID number, please contact Ecampus Student Services, ecampus.success@oregonstate.edu.

Mathematics Assessment and Placement

All first-year Corvallis campus students must take the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test prior to START (new student orientation and advising). Transfer students and Ecampus students should consult with their academic advisor to determine their course placement and testing requirements. Information on the ALEKS Math Placement Test and an explanation of placement scores are available at http://math.oregonstate.edu/mlc-placement-home.

Please consult with your academic advisor for the appropriate mathematics courses for your degree program. Descriptions of mathematics courses are given in the OSU General Catalog, https://catalog.oregonstate.edu/courses/mth/

Please note:

  • At the Corvallis campus, MTH 065 is only offered through OSU Extended Campus.
  • Beginning in Summer 2018, MTH 095 will no longer be offered at OSU or by OSU Extended Campus. Students who place into MTH 095 should take MTH 103, which is offered on the Corvallis campus and by OSU Extended Campus.
OSU Mathematics Course Prerequisites/Placement Structure