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Fall 2016 Freshman Orientation

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    SDSU Chemistry and Mathematics Departmental Placement Exams

    Students in the following majors must enroll in CHEM 200/202 and/or MATH 150/124 in their first semester at SDSU (see chart below). Before enrolling in either of these courses, you must have satisfied the CSU Entry-Level Mathematics requirement (ELM) AND take the appropriate SDSU Chemistry Departmental Placement Examination and/or the SDSU Mathematics Departmental Precalculus Proficiency Assessment (ALEKS). Refer to the SDSU Admissions Testing Requirements page for ways to satisfy the ELM requirement.

    There are three options for completing the SDSU departmental placement exams:

    1. You can register and take the exams at SDSU Testing Services
    2. SDSU Testing Services staff will be in the Northern California & Los Angeles areas in late June and early July to administer the exams
    3. You can request to have the exams proctored at an approved test site in your local area

    If you are having the exams proctored in your local area, remember to allow ample time to have the test materials shipped to your test site and shipped back to SDSU prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation so that you will have your results prior to registering for your classes.*  You will register for classes at New Student Orientation.

    Go to the Testing Services web page to learn how to register for the option that best fits your schedule to take the chemistry or precalculus exam.

    Major Math Chemistry
    Astronomy Math 150 Chem 200 (recommended)
    Athletic Training
    Chem 200
    Biology
    Chem 200
    Chemical Physics Math 150 Chem 200
    Chemistry Math 150 Chem 200
    Computer Science Math 150  
    Engineering
    (All majors)

    Math 150

    Chem 200 or 202, for most majors. (Go to the SDSU General Catalog and mymap for requirements specific to your major)
    Environmental Science Math 124 Chem 200
    Geography
    (with emphasis in environmental and physical geography OR geographic information science)
    Math 150 or Math 124
    Geological Sciences
    (and geological sciences with emphasis in paleontology)
    Math 150  
    Geological Sciences (engineering geology, geology, geophysics, hydrogeology) Math 150 Chem 200
    Microbiology
    Chem 200
    Kinesiology
    (prephysical therapy)

    Chem 200
    Math Math 150
    Physical Science Math 150 Chem 200
    Physics Math 150 Chem 200
    Statistics Math 150

    (List subject to change. Consult with Major Academic Plan (MAP) or the SDSU General Catalog)

    Chemistry Departmental Placement Exam

    As noted in the SDSU 2017-2018 General Catalog, enrollment in Chemistry 200 or 202 is limited to those students who have either:

    1. Completed Chemistry 100 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better,
      or
    2. Satisfied the CSU Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement AND qualification on the SDSU Chemistry Department Placement Exam

    SDSU Mathematics Departmental Precalculus Proficiency Assessment (ALEKS)

    As noted in the SDSU 2017-2018 General Catalog, enrollment in Calculus I, Mathematics 150 and Calculus for Life Sciences, Mathematics 124, is limited to those students who have either:

    1. Completed Mathematics 141 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better,
      or
    2. Satisfied the CSU Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement AND qualification on the SDSU Mathematics Departmental Precalculus Proficiency Assessment

    Students will not be able to register for Chemistry 200 or 202 and/or Calculus I, Mathematics 150 and Calculus for Life Sciences, Mathematics 124 until they have satisfied these prerequisites and the qualifying information has been posted to their student records.

    For additional information and to register for the exam, visit testing.sdsu.edu

    Contact Us

    There will be many people on campus at Orientation to answer questions you may have.

    If you need to ask about something prior to your Orientation day, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs.

    Telephone:
    (619) 594-1509

    Office Location:
    Student Services West, room 1602

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday,
    8am-4:30pm

    E-mail:
    orientation@mail.sdsu.edu

    Web:
    studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/nspp

    Mailing Address:
    New Student and Parent Programs
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7441