Enrolling in Chem 101A or Chem 103A at City College - step by step

Note: before you enroll in any CCSF course, you must complete the admissions application. This application can be found in the current schedule of classes, it can be obtained from the admissions and records office, Conlan Hall 107 (telephone 415-239-3285) or you can apply on-line.  Once you have taken care of this, you will need to do the following to register in Chem 101A or 103A...

Step 1: Verify that you have satisfied the chemistry prerequisite. You can satisfy this prerequisite in any of the following ways:

  • Pass Chem 40 at City College. If you have done this, you do not need to verify your chemistry qualifications: the registration system will do so automatically. Please note that introductory chemistry courses taken at other institutions, and chemistry courses taken in high school, can not be used to satisfy this prerequisite: if you have taken such a course, you will need to take the CCSF placement test (see below).
  • Get a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement test in chemistry. (This test is given to high school students: if you didn't take the AP test in high school, you can ignore this option.) If you have done this, you will need to bring your AP test results to the Matriculation Office, Conlan Hall room 204, for verification.
  • Pass the equivalent of Chem 101A (or a higher-level chemistry course) at a different college. If you have done this, you should bring your transcript to the chemistry department, Science Hall room 236, so you can be cleared to enroll in chemistry. (The chemistry department runs limited hours: please call 415-239-3377 if you wish to make an appointment with a member of the department.)
  • If you have not done any of the above, you will need to take the CCSF chemistry placement exam. You will find links to testing schedules and information about the exam at the bottom of this page. The test is administered by the CCSF testing office, Conlan Hall room 203. We recommend that you call the testing office at 415-239-3129 to verify test dates and locations. You will need to score 23 out of 44 on the CCSF placement test to enroll in Chem 101A: if you do not achieve this score, you will need to take Chem 40 before Chem 101A. Students who pass the CCSF placement test will be cleared to register automatically (although you will still need to satisfy the math prerequisite--see below).

Step 2: Verify that you have satisfied the mathematics prerequisite. You can satisfy the math prerequisite for Chem 101A and 103A in any of the following ways:

  • Pass Math 860 or any higher-level course at City College. Students who have done this will be cleared to register in Chem 101A/103A automatically.
  • Pass a mathematics course at or above the level of Math 860 or 60 at a different college. Eligible courses are intermediate algebra (equivalent to Math 860 at CCSF), advanced algebra (= Math 90), trigonometry (= Math 95), pre-calculus (= Math 97), calculus (= Math 100 or 110), and higher-level courses. If you have done this, bring your transcript and a description of the course to the Matriculation Office, Conlan Hall room 204, so you can be cleared to register. Note: mathematics courses completed in high school cannot be used to satisfy this prerequisite.
  • Take the CCSF algebra placement exam. A schedule of testing dates is available from the CCSF testing office, Conlan Hall room 203, 415-239-3129. If you are placed into Math 90 (advanced algebra) or above, you will be cleared to enroll in Chem 101A. If you are placed into Math 860 or below, you will need to complete Math 860 or 60 before enrolling in Chem 101A.

Step 3: Register for Chem 101A or 103A. You will be mailed a registration date by the college: you can register for classes on or after that date (but you must have completed steps 1 and 2 first!). You can use the on-line registration system, or register in person. You may also register during the first two weeks of classes, but you will need to get the instructor's permission to do so. (This is to ensure that there classes do not become overcrowded.) Be sure that you enroll in both a lecture section and a lab section. If you are enrolling in Chem 101A, you may register in any combination of lecture and lab.

Information about the chemistry placement exam

Schedule for the chemistry placement exam

Chemistry department home page

Information about CCSF chemistry courses

Prerequisites for chemistry courses (summary)

email the chemistry department