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Fall Placement

As an incoming freshman, you are required to take the placement exams, which are predetermined by major. To see which exams you are required to complete, log into Blackboard Learn (recommended). In the center column you will see a channel called "My Courses." Beginning on May 5, your exams will be listed in this area.

Alternatively, you can refer to the Placement Exams Crosswalk for a full listing of exam requirements according to your major:

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Your performance on the placement exams will assist your academic advisor in creating your Fall schedule. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of the potential placement outcomes for each exam.

CALCULUS EXAM

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following courses in the Fall:

  • MATH 121, Calculus I
  • MATH 116, Calculus & Functions I
  • MATH 110, Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 105, Algebra, Functions & Trigonometry
  • MATH 101, Introduction to Analysis
    (CoAS Majors: BIO, ENVS, GEO, S000 [Undecided])
  • MATH 100, Fundamentals of Mathematics
    (CoAS Majors: BIO, ENVS, GEO, S000 [Undecided])

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a "course override" with the help of your academic advisor.

Based on your performance, you may also be invited to take MATH 049/050—an online, self-paced, Summer Mathematics course. Successful completion of MATH 049/050 may positively impact your Math placement for the Fall. This tuition-free, six-week course will begin July 20.

For more information regarding the content of this exam, please visit the Department of Mathematics placement exam page.

The Calculus placement exam will also contribute to determining your course placement into Physics (if Physics is a requirement of your major). Along with demonstrating mastery in MATH 121, taking this exam will help place you into one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 101, Fundamentals of Physics
  • PHYS 100, Preparation for Engineering Studies

Based on your performance, you may also be invited to take PHYS 050—an online, self-paced, Summer Physics course. Successful completion of PHYS 050 may positively impact your Physics placement. This tuition-free, six-week course will begin July 20.

Math Analysis Exam

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • MATH 181, Mathematical Analysis
    (Majors: DANC, EDUC, ELEM, HOSP)
  • MATH 119, Mathematical Foundations for Design
    (CoMAD majors: DSMR, FASH, FMVD, GRDS, PHTO, SCRP, TELE)
  • MATH 101, Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 100, Fundamentals of Mathematics

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a “course override” through the help of your academic advisor.

Based on your performance, you may also be invited to take MATH 049—an online, self-paced, Summer Mathematics course. Successful completion of MATH 049 will positively impact your Math placement for the Fall. This tuition-free, six-week course will begin July 20.

For more information regarding the content of the exam, please visit the Department of Mathematics placement exam page.

Chemistry Exam

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • CHEM 121 (Chemistry Majors Only)
  • CHEM 101, General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111, General Chemistry I

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a “course override” through the help of your academic advisor.

Based on your performance, you may also be invited to take CHEM 050—an online, self-paced, Summer Chemistry course. Successful completion of CHEM 050 will positively impact your Chemistry placement for the Fall. This tuition-free, six-week course will begin July 20.

For more information regarding the content of this exam, please visit the Department of Chemistry placement exam page.

Modern Language Exam

Depending on your placement exam performance and your major’s curriculum, taking a French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish or other Language exam will place you into one of the following course levels:

  • 101, Level I
  • 102, Level II
  • 103, Level III
  • 201, Level IV
  • 202, Level V
  • 203, Level VI: Conversation & Comprehension
  • 301, Level VII
  • 302, Level VIII
  • 303, Level IX
  • 311, Introduction to Stylistics
  • 312, Stylistics
  • 332, Studies in Literature
  • 400

Please note: If your major does not require a Modern Language course, but you wish to enroll into one this Fall, please contact your academic advisor. To locate your advisor according to the college in which you're enrolled, review the advising directory.

For more information regarding the content of a Modern Language exam, please visit the Department of Culture & Communication placement exam page.

Information Science Exam

This exam is for Informatics, Information Systems, & Information Technology majors only. Your performance will be individually reviewed, and you may not receive your placement immediately after completing the exam. Depending on your placement exam performance and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • INFO 151, Web Systems and Services
  • INFO 108, Foundations of Software