Entry-Level Course Sequence Suggestions
Other than the exceptions listed in the Advanced Placement (AP) section of the department page , the only entry points for the chemistry and biochemistry majors are in the fall.
The normal general chemistry sequence is CHEM 101 (fall) and CHEM 102 (spring).
For students with strong high school preparation, CHEM 103 (fall) can substitute for CHEM 101/102. Placement in CHEM 103 is based either on an Oberlin placement exam or on AP, IB, or A-level scores. CHEM 103 also has a co-requisite of MATH 133 (Calculus I).
Students with exceptional preparation can petition to enter at CHEM 205 (Organic Chemistry); AP section of the department page .
Students with no high school preparation can take CHEM 101, or may benefit from taking a non-majors class first (e.g. CHEM 045, 050, 051).