CHEM 1210 or CHEM 1211?

The UGA Chemistry Diagnostic Test is a 30-question, 60-minute exam that guides you about which course to pick.  If your major or program requires CHEM 1211, you should take the UGA CDT before you register.  It is advisory in nature:


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Co-enrolling in MATH 1113 and CHEM 1211

If your Math placement score has you enrolled in both MATH 1113 and CHEM 1211 in the same semester (especially your first one at UGA), you might consider the alternatives: (1) take MATH 1113 first and CHEM 1211 the next term; (2) take MATH 1113 and CHEM 1210 first and CHEM 1211 the next term.  MATH 1113 is a pre- or co-requisite for CHEM 1211; if you are co-enrolled and withdraw from MATH 1113, you MUST withdraw from CHEM 1211.  No exceptions.

Students co-enrolled in MATH 1113 and CHEM 1211 are at higher risk than those who come to UGA with the math requirement already fulfilled.  Grade data from two fall semesters are included in the table that shows a comparison of course grades of those co-enrolled in CHEM 1211 and MATH 1113 (pre-calc) versus those only in CHEM 1211:


What is the value of CHEM 1210?

CHEM 1210 “Basics of Chemistry” is a preparatory college-level course that teaches content, problem-solving, and success strategies that can be applied in CHEM 1211 and other science courses.  Students who have taken CHEM 1210 in the fall, have better success with CHEM 1211 in the spring compared to those who are repeating 1211 or those who are taking 1211 for the first time in the spring.  The graphic shows average scores on hour exams for the three groups of students taking CHEM 1211 in spring 2017:

Comparison of hour exam grades for students enrolled in CHEM 1211 in spring 2017:  (1) those who took 1210 in the previous fall [CHEM 1210 F16]; (2) those who took 1211 in the fall and either withdrew or did not get an acceptable grade [CHEM 1211 F16]; and (3) those taking 1211 for the first time in spring 2017 [CHEM 1211 S17]


Exam 1 is given the 2nd week of the semester, is largely a review of basic skills, and is worth half the value of the remaining 4 exams.  Exam 3 scores were adjusted (to allow for a time issue on that exam) and were left out of the analyses; the order of the groups on that exam is the same.  The final is an ACS Examinations Institute standardized nationally-normed exam.  The final entry represents the average total points achieved in the course.