You are here

Chemistry Placement

CHEM 111A Placement for Fall 2022

This information is specifically for continuing CSULB students only. Incoming first-time/first-year (freshmen) students admitted for fall 2022 should consult Chemistry Placement for Incoming CNSM Freshmen.

Students majoring in chemistry, biology, environmental science and policy (ESP), geology, materials science, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering, are required to complete general chemistry (CHEM 111A and 111B) as part of the chemistry sequence of classes needed for their degree. The following information explains how to be permitted to register for CHEM 111A.

Important: effective April 2022, CSULB's Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is offered ONLY for incoming first-time/first-year (freshmen) students. Information regarding the CPT for incoming freshmen is available at Chemistry Placement for Incoming CNSM Freshmen.

Continuing CSULB Students

Continuing CSULB students are eligible to register for CHEM 111A once they meet one of the criteria listed below:

  1. Chemistry AP Exam scores 2 or 3
  2. completed CHEM 140 with a grade of "C" or better or are currently enrolled in CHEM 140
  3. successfully completed CHEM 90 (CR)
  4. eligible to repeat CHEM 111A
  5. received a score of 24 or better on the CPT test prior to Spring 2021
  6. successfully completed CHEM ALEKS online assessment

Students meeting criteria listed under 1), 2), 3), or 4) should send permit request to; please include your name and student ID number in your email and allow 72 hours for processing.

Students meeting criteria listed under 5) or 6) will be added to the CHEM 111A student group automatically (no permit request necessary). CHEM 90 students will be cleared as soon as grades are final, approvals from ALEKS will be updated weekly.

We will begin entering CHEM 111A approvals as they become available, and we will continue entering approvals until classes start. If you have questions please contact the CHEM 111A coordinator, Prof. Shahab Derakhshan at; please include your name and student ID number in your email.


The CHEM ALEKS adaptive assessment is designed to evaluate and enhance your preparation in basic chemistry concepts. The assessment will take 4-30 hours depending on your level of chemistry knowledge; you may spread this over multiple days.

You need to score 80% for unrestricted access to CHEM 111A. The assessment will also help you review for CHEM111A and counts in place of the extra credit assignment in ALEKS which is given in CHEM 111A the week before classes start.

To complete the online assessment, go to ALEKS - Student Registration, enter the class code QAQCP-3MJYY, and follow the directions. You will need to purchase the ALEKS license; the cost is $25 for 6 weeks of access.