Enrolling in Chemistry courses FAQ

Most Chemistry courses have prerequisites. You will not be allowed to enroll in the class unless you have completed the prerequisite course(s) with grades of C or better, or are currently enrolled in the prerequisite course. Some courses require permission of the instructor.


Frequently asked questions:




How do I enroll at California State University Long Beach?

Contact Enrollment Services for complete information on admissions, financial aid, registration, student academic records, key dates, deadlines, forms, publications, and more.




How do I enroll in General Chemistry: CHEM 111A?

To receive permission to enroll in CHEM 111A you must have earned a satisfactory score (24 or higher) on the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) at CSULB. Your CPT score will be entered in MyCSULB, clearing you to register. A passing grade in Chem101 is not sufficient.

Students with a marginally passing score (24-26) on the CPT are strongly encouraged to enroll in Supplemental Instruction which has been shown to significantly improve the likelihood of passing CHEM 111A.

If you receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam you will be given credit by Enrollment Services for CHEM 111A, if you receive a 3 you may request permission to enroll in CHEM 111A without taking the placement test.

If you are trying to add, you should attend the lecture section you hope to enroll in and any laboratory section, starting the first day of classes, so you do not get behind.

You will not be allowed to enroll in CHEM 111A if you are still required to take MATH 113. If you pass the placement test but are required to take MATH 113, take MATH 113 this semester and CHEM 111A next semester.

If you have any questions consult Dr. Brazier, cbrazier@csulb.edu, HSCI-362, phone (562) 985-2115. You must give him your name and Student ID Number.



What is the Chemistry Placement Test and what does it cover?


The Chemistry Placement Test is designed to evaluate your preparation for CHEM 111A. To succeed in CHEM 111A you need good MATH skills (algebra, logs, exponents and scientific notation) and some knowledge of the language of chemistry. The test covers a variety of topics as shown below. You do not have to know all of the topics well. The passing score is actually below the mean score of all students who have taken the test.

Topics on the Chemistry Placement Test

Basic Chemistry:
Mathematics:



When will the Chemistry Placement Test be given and how do I arrange to take it.?

Contact the The Office of Testing and Evaluation Services , (562) 985-4007, located in Brotman Hall room 216, for dates and times of the placement tests.




What are the prerequisites for the course I want?


CHEM 100 One course from the Foundation  (GE categories A1, A2, A3, B2)
CHEM 101 One year of high school algebra.  Note: This course focusses on problem-solving skills and makes intensive use of algebra.  Students who score below 480 (old) or 48 (new) on the ELM should wait to take CHEM 101 until they have improved their algebra skills.
CHEM 111A A passing score in the Chemistry Placement Test or a grade of C or better in CHEM 101; MATH 112 or higher.  One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended.
CHEM 111B CHEM 111A with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 140 High school chemistry or equivalent.
CHEM 251 CHEM 111B with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 320A CHEM 111B with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 320B CHEM 320A with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 322A CHEM 111B with a grade of C or better. Concurrent registration in CHEM 323A
CHEM 322B CHEM 322A with a grade of C or better. Concurrent registration in CHEM 323B
CHEM 327 CHEM 111A with a grade of C or better.  CHEM 111B is recommended.  CHEM 202 may not substitute for CHEM 111A.
CHEM 371A CHEM 111B and CHEM 251 with grades of C or better, MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 152.
CHEM 371B CHEM 111B and CHEM 251 with grades of C or better, MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 152. Note: CHEM 371A is not required.
CHEM 373 CHEM 251 and CHEM 371A,B or 377A,B, all with grades of C or better.  CHEM 371B or 377B (may be taken concurrently).
CHEM 377A CHEM 111B and CHEM 251 with grades of C or better, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 100B or 152.
CHEM 377B CHEM 111B and CHEM 251 with grades of C or better, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 100B or 152. Note: CHEM 377A is not required.
CHEM 420 CHEM 251 and CHEM 320B, with grades of C or better.  Permission of the instructor is required to enroll.  Note: Take CHEM 420 as soon as possible after CHEM 320B.  Students in CHEM 420 are expected to know chemical structures, organic reactions, mechanisms, and spectroscopy, as covered in CHEM 320A-B.
CHEM 421 CHEM 320B with a grade of C or better, and CHEM 371B or 377B (may be taken concurrently.)
CHEM 431 CHEM 371B with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 441A CHEM 111B and CHEM 320B or 327, each with a grade of C or better.  A Biology or Microbiology course is recommended.
CHEM 441B CHEM 441A with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 443 CHEM 251 and CHEM 441B, both with grades of C or better.
CHEM 448 CHEM 111A and CHEM 327, both with grades of C or better.  CHEM 320B may substitute for CHEM 327.  CHEM 202 may not substitute for CHEM 111A, and CHEM 202/302 may not substitute for CHEM 327.
CHEM 449 CHEM 448 with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 451 CHEM 251 and CHEM 371A or 377A, all with grades of C or better.
CHEM 471 CHEM 371A with a grade of C or better and consent of the instructor.
CHEM 480 CHEM 320A or CHEM 322A, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 100B or 152, all with a grade of C or better.
CHEM 495 One semester of Organic CHEM.
CHEM 496 Consent of the instructor.
CHEM 499 Consent of the instructor.



I took the prerequisite course at another college, but MyCSULB will not let me enroll.

If your previous course has not been articulated for subject matter credit you will not be able to register. Many courses are accepted for transfer as electives, but are not accepted for subject matter credit. If your course is not acceptable for subject matter credit you will need to either take the course at CSULB or request to challenge the course by examination. If you wish to arrange to challenge a course by examination or you believe you have met the prerequisite(s) but MyCSULB does not allow you to enroll, consult the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MLSC-304, phone (562) 985-4941, FAX (562) 985-8557. Tell the department your name, your CSULB ID number, what course you want to challenge or enroll in, and exactly what prerequisite courses you have taken (college, course number, grade.) If you believe you have adequate background for a course but have not taken a course that exactly matches the prerequisite course, see the course instructor about challenging the prerequsite by examination.




I am currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at another college and I want to enroll for next semester at CSULB. What do I do?

If you are currently enrolled in a course at another college that is equivalent to the prerequisite course, show the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department office evidence that you are enrolled. Examples of acceptable evidence are a receipt for enrollment or a printout of your program. For course with limited seating, you may not be able to register until you can demonstrate that you have passed the prerequisite.




Once I am a CSULB student can I enroll at another institution to take a course needed for my degree?

Students who wish to take course work in a community or other college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.

All CSULB students wishing to enroll concurrently at CSULB and one of the other 23 California State University campuses must request permission to do so from Enrollment Services. Concurrent enrollment within The California State University system is limited to students who have completed a minimum of 12 units at CSULB, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, are in good academic standing and have paid fees at CSULB for 12 units or more regardless of the total number of units earned at both campuses. No additional fees may be collected after the last day to add classes.

Concurrent Enrollment is subject to space availability and registration priority policies at the host campus.

Upper-division students wishing to have concurrent enrollment at CSULB and another institution outside of The California State University system must request permission from Enrollment Services.

No graduate student may register concurrently at this and any other collegiate institution without advance permission. Permission may be given for concurrent enrollment at CSULB and other institutions if recommended by the department graduate advisor and approved by the Dean of the appropriate college. Forms for concurrent enrollment may be obtained from the college office. When such permission is granted, the academic load at CSULB must be reduced accordingly.




How do I get permission of the instructor to enroll in a course?

For regular classes that require permission of the instructor, make sure you have met all prerequisites. Notify the instructor of your wish to enroll. Provide the following information:

* Your name
* Your student ID number
* The 5-digit code of the section you wish to enroll in
* What courses you have taken to meet the prerequisites, where you took them, when you took them, and the grades earned.

For research (CHEM 496) or Directed Reading (CHEM 499) you must arrange to work with a faculty member and must prepare a written description of the work to be done. When this "contract" has been filed at the department office, you will be given a 5-digit code number to use for enrolling.




Does an Authorization or a Permit mean I am enrolled in the class?

Once a Permit or Authorization has been entered, you must use MyCSULB to enroll in the class. You are NOT enrolled until you have done so. It is advisable to enroll at your first opportunity as authorizations and permit come with a "use by" date.

An Authorization allow you to enroll if the class is not "Closed". If you wish to enroll in an alternate section, you will need to request the office to issue an Authorization for that specific section.

For some classes, the instructor enters a "Permit" which holds a space in the class for you. That is, you will be allowed to enroll even if the class is officially "Closed." You simply enroll through VRR in the usual way.

If you have not officially enrolled in the course before classes start, see the instructor to find out whether you will still be permitted to enroll.




How do I arrange to do research?

CHEM 496 Special Problems in Chemistry (Undergraduate Research) gives students an opportunity to work on research projects under the direction of the faculty. Students may enroll for 1, 2, or 3 units a semester.

There is no set schedule; each student plans laboratory time according to the available time in her/his schedule and the schedule of the research supervisor. Most faculty members expect a commitment of at least five to ten hours a week per unit, with blocks of time long enough to accomplish a laboratory procedure.

Before a grade is assigned for CHEM 496, the student must submit a written research report on the work done. This report must follow the standard format for research reporting: Title; Abstract; Introduction; Experimental Details or Theoretical Analysis; Results; Discussion; Conclusions and Summary; References.

Enrollment Procedure. Talk to faculty members you might be interested in working with, to identify a project and plan work to be done. Working with the faculty member, fill out an Independent Study form agreeing on the work to be done. Bring the signed form to the department office to obtain the Call Number for registration.

Faculty members and their research interests are available here.

Support: A number of programs in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics provide financial support for students engaged in undergraduate research. These programs typically have eligibility requirements and require formal application. More information is available through the Jensen Student Access to Science and Math Center, FO5-109, or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.




Where do I get information about the Graduate Program?


The Graduate Program is described in detail here. If you have questions please contact the appropriate program advisor.