AP and Transfer Credits

Chemistry Placement Exam-Currently on hiatus

The Chemistry Placement Assessment is taken by all incoming freshmen who will take chemistry classes their first year. This exam helps new students figure out where to start in their chemistry classes and helps them to be better prepared before the school year starts.

AP Chemistry

Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam are eligible to receive credit for the lecture courses: Chem 177 and 178, General Chemistry I and II (7 credits). To receive the credit, official AP chemistry exam scores must be sent directly to Iowa State University from the College Board. Also, if a student earns a 4 or 5 on their AP Chemistry Exam, they are then eligible to receive general chemistry laboratory credit(s): AP credit for chemistry laboratory is awarded upon inspection of the student’s AP lab notebook and course syllabus by the ISU chemistry department. In order to receive credit in General Chemistry Laboratory, students must drop off or send the following information to the Undergraduate Chemistry Office in 1608 Gilman Hall (Ames, IA 50011).

1. The completed form AP_Notebook_form.pdf or AP_Notebook_form.doc
2. The AP Chemistry laboratory Notebook
3. The course syllabus for the AP chemistry class

After the lab notebook, the syllabus, and the completed notebook form have been reviewed, the Chemistry Department will determine how much credit will be awarded to the student. Depending upon the AP chemistry lab course coverage, students will receive one of the following:

a) 0 credits towards general chemistry lab
b) 1 credit towards General Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers, Chem 167L
c) 1 credit towards General Chemistry Laboratory I, Chem 177L
d) 2 credits towards General Chemistry Laboratory I & II, Chem 177L & 178L

Students who score less than 4 on the AP exam are NOT eligible for Chemistry Lab credit.
If you have any questions about the process, please send an email to apchem@iastate.edu.

Tansfer Credit Evaluation

In order to have a course evaluated for credit at ISU, complete this Form (pdf or word) and drop it off in 1608 Gilman with support materials or email it to isuchemistry@iastate.edu

We need specific and detailed information in order to correctly assess course equivalencies. Failure to have sufficient documentation detailing previous course work will prevent transfer credit from transferring, so please fill out the form completely. Students should complete a separate form for each course being evaluated. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Undergraduate Office: isuchemistry@iastate.edu, (515) 294-6352, 1608 Gilman Hall.