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Chemistry 115 - Fundamentals of Chemistry

Chemistry 115 is the first semester of a full-year general chemistry course sequence that is typically taken by science and engineering majors at WVU.  A student may qualify for Chemistry 115 by (1) obtaining a minimum ALEKS score of 65 or (2) having a minimum math ACT score of 26 or a minimum math SAT score of 600 (or math score of 620 on the SS SAT taken in March 2016 or later) or (3) earning a minimum grade of C(-) in Chemistry 110A AND a minimum grade of C(-) in Chemistry 110B or (4) earning minimum grades of C(-) in Math 126 AND Math 128 or in Math 129 or in a higher level math course.

Students who enter WVU with less than a minimum math ACT score of 26 or a minimum math SAT score of 600 will have the opportunity to take ALEKS prior to or during New Student Orientation.  Specific information about ALEKS may be found at http://www.math.wvu.edu

 

Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B - Introduction to Chemistry

Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B are preparatory courses for students who do not initially qualify for Chemistry 115 based upon their math ACT or math SAT exam scores.  Chemistry 110A and 110B are one-credit half-semester courses that are taken sequentially.   These two courses are designed to help students develop their problem solving skills and prepare them for eventual enrollment in Chemistry 115.  Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B, however, do not fulfill any degree requirements for any major offered at WVU. 

A student can qualify immediately for Chemistry 110A by (1) obtaining a minimum ALEKS score of 50 or (2) having a minimum math ACT score of 24 or a minimum math SAT score of 560.  In addition, students, who have earned a C(-) in Math 122 or Math 126 or a higher math course may take Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B.

When enrolling in Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B, a student is expected to enroll in the same section number for these two courses during the same semester.  By doing so, the student will have the same instructor in the same room at the same time on the same days during the week for both Chemistry 110A and Chemistry 110B.  At the end of Chemistry 110A, each student will receive a grade.  A student must have a minimal grade of C(-) in order to proceed to Chemistry 110B.  A student, who earns less than a C(-) in Chemistry 110 A, will be dropped from Chemistry 110B.  In order to qualify for Chemistry 115 a student must also earn a minimal grade of C(-) in Chemistry 110B.


Chemistry 111 - Survey of Chemistry

A student may qualify for Chemistry 111 by (1) obtaining a minimum ALEKS score of 45 or (2) having a minimum math ACT score of 22 or a minimum math SAT score of 540 (or 570 math score on the SS SAT taken in March 2016 or later) or (3) earning a minimum grade of C(-) in Math 122 or (4) earning a passing grade in Math 126 or a higher level math course.


Chemistry 117 - Principles of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry also offers an advanced general chemistry course, Chemistry 117, for freshmen with a strong chemistry background. Chemistry 117 is the first semester of an alternative general chemistry course sequence designed to offer students a more advanced treatment of chemical principles than Chemistry 115.  This course is typically taken by students who are enrolled in the Honors College or who plan to major in chemistry.  A student may qualify for Chemistry 117 by (1) obtaining a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in Chemistry or (2) by having a minimum math ACT score of 28 or a minimum math SAT score of 640 AND by obtaining a minimum score of 14 on the Qualifying Examination for Chemistry 117.  This Qualifying Examination, which is administered during New Student Orientation, consists of 20 multiple-choice questions covering topics such as basic aspects of atomic structure, stoichiometry and the mole concept, determination of empirical formula, Lewis structures and VSEPR theory, solubility properties of simple salts, unit conversions, and chemical equilibrium.  More information about Chemistry 117 may be obtained by contacting Professor Jeff Petersen at jpeterse@wvu.edu.