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Placement Options for CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I

This page includes information on which majors require CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I, how students test into and register for the course, and important placement deadlines.

Majors Requiring CHEM 105

The following majors are required to take CHEM 105 — General Chemistry I. 

  • Allied Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology: Exercise Science
  • Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance
  • Physics
  • Public Health: Pre-Health Professions

*Allied Health and Kinesiology: Human Performance majors may take CHEM 105 or CHEM 120 for their chemistry requirement.

Placement Options for CHEM 105 — General Chemistry I

There are four ways to test into CHEM 105: General Chemistry I. Complete the form below and the Chemistry, Physics, Engineering (CPE) department will send placement instructions to you based on your chosen path.

  • Path 1: Verified AP Chemistry exam score of 3 or higher
  • Path 2: Verified AP Calculus exam score of 3 or higher or Equivalent college-level Calculus course (with passing or transferable grade)
  • Path 3: Take an online placement exam via ALEKS. A passing score of 85% or higher is required to be eligible for CHEM 105. Students who do not pass the placement exam will be given a chance to complete a “Preparation for Chemistry” module in ALEKS and retake the exam one time. Due August 15, 2024.
  • Path 4: Completion of CHEM 107: Introduction to Chemistry or equivalent transfer course with a C- or higher grade. Students may opt to take this prep course during their first year or transfer in CHEM 107.

Once you successfully finish a path, the CPE department will provide your scores to your academic advisor in the Advising Center so they can register you into CHEM 105 (incoming students) or will give you instructions for adding the course (continuing students).

Choose Chemistry Path

Placement Deadlines

Incoming Students are highly encouraged to register for their chemistry placement path before June 1 in order to receive the most accurate class schedule.

Students who admit to the university after August 20 will be able to complete their chemistry placement through one of the paths listed above. 

Continuing Students are highly encouraged to register for their chemistry placement path 3-4 weeks prior to class registration in order to ensure access to the course when class registration opens (November and March).

How to Register for CHEM 105 — General Chemistry I

Incoming Students

Incoming students are registered into their first semester courses by the Advising Center. If you finish a placement path before July 5, you will see the course reflected on your first-semester class schedule. If you complete the placement after July 5 (including receiving AP scores or CHEM 107 grades), your advisor will add you to CHEM 105 and email you once the course has been added to your schedule.

Current Students

Once a current student completes one of the placement paths, the CPE department will verify your placement and email instructions to your email for how to register for CHEM 105.


Email the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department at Please include your student ID and use your Biola email address when reaching out for support.