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Fall 2018 Freshman Orientation

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    SDSU Chemistry and Mathematics Departmental Placement Exams

    If your major is included in the chart below, it is recommended that you take Chem 200 (General Chemistry) or Chem 202 (General Chemistry for Engineers), and/or Math 124 (Calculus for the Life Sciences) or Math 150 (Calculus I) your first semester at SDSU. In order to enroll in these courses, you must have earned college credit for:

    1. Chemistry 100 (Introduction to General Chemistry with Laboratory) with a grade of C (2.0) or better OR you must have passed the SDSU Chemistry Department Placement Exam to enroll in Chemistry 200 or 202
    2. Math 141 (Precalculus) with a grade of C (2.0) or better OR you must have received the appropriate score on the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment and satisfied the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Requirement.

    If you plan to take Chemistry 100 prior to enrolling in Chemistry 200 or 202, you do not need to take the SDSU Chemistry Department Placement Exam.

    If you plan to enroll in Math 141 prior to enrolling in Math 150, you are required to take the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment. The SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment is required for students that plan to enroll in Math 141 (Precalculus), Math 124 (Calculus for the Life Sciences), and Math 150 (Calculus I).

    Students will not be able to register for Chemistry 200 or 202 and/or Math 124 or 150 until they have satisfied the prerequisites listed above and the qualifying information has been posted to their student records.

    It is strongly recommended that you complete the SDSU placement exam(s) prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation. If you are a local commuter student, it is recommended that you complete the placement exams no later than Saturday, June 16, 2018.  

    Major Math Chemistry
    Astronomy Math 150
    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, environmental geosciences, 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)

    How to take the Exams

    There are three ways to complete the SDSU Chemistry Department Placement Exam and the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment if you are a newly admitted student for fall 2018:

    1. SIGN UP AND TAKE THE EXAM(S) AT SDSU. There are a limited number of appointments available, so please plan ahead. More testing sessions and times may be opened if needed. Register for an exam date, and pay the non-refundable exam fee at http://testing.sdsu.edu (NOTE: For the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment you must register with ALEKS PPL and take the first two assessments on your own before having the third assessment proctored.) Details are available on the SDSU Testing Services website.
    2. SIGN UP AND TAKE THE EXAM(S) AT ONE OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TESTING SITES offered in June and July. Exam dates, times, deadlines, and registration can be found at http://testing.sdsu.edu
    3. REQUEST THAT THE EXAM(S) BE PROCTORED AT AN APPROVED TESTING CENTER close to your home. Details can be found at http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/testofc/remotetesting.html. There is an additional SDSU exam fee in addition to any fees charged by the approved testing center. If you are choosing this option, please allow ample time for test materials to be shipped to your test site and shipped back to SDSU prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation.

    All exams must be completed and received by SDSU Testing Services no later than Saturday, July 7 in order to have the results prior to New Student Orientation. The SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment includes opportunities to practice and use learning modules online. Please sign up early to take advantage of this.

    Advanced Placement Course Credit

    If you have earned, or anticipate earning Advanced Placement (AP) Credit for chemistry or calculus, review to the 2018-2019 SDSU General Catalog to determine if you have earned college credit. In some instances, you may not be required to take the chemistry and/or mathematics placement exam(s) if you have already received academic course credit. For questions regarding your AP credit, contact the Office of Advising and Evaluations at 619-594-6668.

    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