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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.. Plan ahead. Waiting until the last minute will cause delays in enrollment and may delay your degree requirements. Students are placed based upon the following pathways:

  • SAT Chemistry Subject Test with a score of 550 or above
  • AP Chemistry exam with a score of 2, 3, 4 or 5
  • Completing the Pacific Online Chemistry Placement (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 complete the chemistry placement 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 is optional for computer science majors although they are encouraged to complete the placement 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.

Placement Instructions:

The on-line chemistry placement 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 on the left edge. You will see a link titled "Placement 2022-2023." Select this link and you will be provided with instructions on completing the placement. Please follow all of the instructions listed. Click here to begin this process: Canvas

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