Students who plan to enroll in general chemistry at UCI have six possible ways to place into the first course.

Chemistry 1A

Chemistry 1A enrollment – If you satisfy any of the following paths, you’ll be able to enroll:

    Path 1: SAT Math Reasoning test score of 600 or higher

    Path 2: ACT Math test score of 27 or higher  

    Path 3: AP Chemistry exam score of 3 

    Path 4: SAT Chemistry subject exam score of 700 or higher

    Path 5: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 5A or Mathematics 2A or Physics 7C (or the Math 2A or Physics 7C equivalent from another college or AP exam score)

    Path 6: Completion of UCI’s Chemistry 1P with a grade of C- or better or completion of a Chemistry 1P equivalent from another college with a grade of C- or better.

 Students who do not satisfy one of the above paths may choose from three other options to place into Chemistry 1A:

Chemistry 1B enrollment: Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the Chemistry AP exam have course credit for Chemistry 1A and enroll in Chemistry 1B. (Chemistry majors must take Chemistry M2LA in the fall quarter before enrolling in Chemistry 1B and Chemistry M2LB in the winter quarter.)

Chemistry H2A (and H2LA) enrollment: Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the Chemistry AP exam, or a 700 or above on the AP Chemistry subject exam, may enroll in this course. It is the Honors version of general chemistry. It covers the same material as Chemistry 1A but in more depth and with more complex examples. Although not required, it is also advisable that students have completed one year of high school physics and be ready for at least Mathematics 2A (first quarter calculus). Students admitted to the Campus wide Honors Program must enroll in this course.