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Chemistry Course Placement Information

If it's your first semester at Pacific, a chemistry placement is required for majors in Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry-Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Science Exploratory or Physics. If you are an Engineering or Health and Exercise Science major a placement is strongly encouraged. No Student will be admitted to General Chemistry (CHEM 025) without an appropriate score on the placement exam. Plan ahead. Waiting until the last minute will cause delays in enrollment and may delay your degree requirements. Students are placed based upon two possible assessments:

· Score of 550 or above on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test, or

· Completing the Pacific Online Chemistry Placement Exam (see instructions at bottom of page)

Special Chemistry Information for Engineering majors only:

All engineering majors (*except computer science) who took high school chemistry should take the chemistry placement exam unless:

  • You earned at least a B grade in both semesters, or (**not applicable for Bio-Engineering Majors)
  • You earned at least a 2 on the Chemistry AP Exam, or
  • You earned a 550 or above on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test.


*The chemistry placement exam is optional for computer science majors although they are encouraged to complete the exam based on the above guidelines.

**Bio-Engineering Majors-All of the above is accepted for placement except for the B grade in both semesters of high school chemistry.

Testing Instructions:

For incoming students (Fall 2016): Open the Pacific Canvas invite sent to your Pacific email account and follow the instructions.

The on-line chemistry placement exam may be completed at home by accessing Pacific's learning management system (Canvas) on your computer. When you click on the Canvas link listed below, you will be directed to the Canvas log-in page. Please enter your PacificNet ID (i.e., jsmith1) and password. Upon logging into Canvas, click on the "Courses" tab in the upper left-hand corner. You will see a link titled "2015 Chemistry Placement Exam." Select this link and you will be provided with instructions on taking the placement exam. Please follow all of the instructions listed. Click here to begin this process: Canvas

Test Results: Placement information derived from your testing will be provided at your orientation session.

NOTE: The following browser requirements are needed for accessing Canvas: Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer, Netscape 7.1 or newer, Mozilla Firefox. Most computer browsers meet these requirements.