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Foothill College Course Introduction---Chem 1A

I. Chemistry Assessment

  • Take a Chemistry 1A Exam at the Testing & Assessment Center if you:

  1. Plan to enroll in Chemistry 1A

  2. You took a Chemistry prerequisite course more than three (3) years ago

  3. Note: In general, high school Chemistry courses DO NOT meet the prerequisites, although Chemistry AP scores of 4 or higher will be considered. 

  • Required Materials

  1. Your Foothill Student ID Number

  2. Your Photo ID (Student Card, Driver's License or Passport)

  • Characteristics

  1. The test is a 45-minute timed test.

  2. Simple calculators and periodic tables are provided.

  3. Translation dictionaries are provided.

  4. Assessment testing is ONLY required for those students seeking to enroll in CHEM 1A, but have not completed the CHEM 20 or 25 prerequisites.

  5. Students must satisfy MATH 105 or higher before enrolling in CHEM 1A

  6. Download a sample test

  • Expiration of Assessment Results

Assessment results are valid for one (1) year for the date that the score was earned.

  • Retest Policy for Chemistry 1A

Students may take the chemistry assessment one (1) time per year.  No retest per calendar year.

  • Challenging Your Results

  1. Challenges to placements should be directed to the PSME Division Office.

  2. See the most current Placement Testing Retest Policy - Updated Oct. 10, 2017

  • De Anza Chemistry Test Score Transfer

  1. Foothill College only accepts the transfer of De Anza Chem Exam scores.

  2. We cannot accept placement test scores from the CSUs, UCs, or other outside institutions.

  3. To transfer your De Anza Chem Exam Scores, please complete the Transfer of Scores process.



  • Units: 5

  • Fundamental chemical principles with an emphasis on physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, chemical reaction types, kinetic molecular theory, thermochemistry, modern atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, and bonding theory, and molecular shapes. Laboratory component parallels lecture topics and also includes chemical nomenclature, basic chemical equations, stoichiometry, unknown analysis, and fundamentals of oxidation and reduction.

  • Class Size: Lecture-60


  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the chemistry placement test or CHEM 20 or 25; MATH 105 or equivalent.

  • Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 125 or ENGL 209; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1AH.

  • Repeatability: Not Repeatable.3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)

  • Foothill College GE Area: Natural Sciences

  • Transferability: CSU and UC

  • Transfer GE: Information regarding how this course is applied toward CSU GE/Breadth or IGETC certification is available

  • Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will have knowledge of current theories and applications in the field of chemistry.

  2. Students will have an enhanced ability to research, assess and evaluate topics of interest.

  3. Students will have an enhanced ability to communicate effectively using the language of chemistry.

  4. Students will have the facility in the safe handling of chemicals and the execution of common laboratory techniques.

  • Units Required: Major: 60-63

  • Degree Requirements:

  1. English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.

  2. Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

  3. A minimum of 90 units is required* to include: -Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) -Core courses (60-63 units)

  4. *Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree.

AS= Associate in Science Degree.

III. The Professor We Recommend

  • Richard Daley

  • Class Type: On-campus CHEM 1A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

  • Teaching Habits: There is no need to attend his lectures since he uploads them (even with his notes), and he doesn't take attendance for the lecture, but I strongly recommend going so that you can 'understand' the material. Do Mastering Chem. Do sample problems in his lecture. There is no need to buy or read the book in 1A. Follow his lectures and you will be fine. Daley is a great professor, but really difficult tests. Exams are curved because the class does so poorly. Tons of homework, with extra credit so it is hard to narrow down what's expected for the exams. Lectures suck because he talks most of the time but he makes lab interesting & fun. He's helpful, attentive, and determined to make you learn chem.

  • Grades:

  • Jimmy Li

  • Class Type: On-campus CHEM 1A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

  • Teaching Habits: Communicate with Jimmy if you are struggling, he will understand and help you. He was incredibly supportive and wanted students to succeed for the right reasons. Gives feedback that was beneficial. He may appear condescending, but he has good intentions and cares. Must take the Lectures, first is because the lecture is right before exams are key, you will see very similar questions on the test. Second is that he takes attendance strictly. Tests are hard, but he goes over them in-depth. Most of the questions were more related to what we did in the lab, or were cherry-picked from the power points.

  • Grades:

Exams(two midterms, one final) 60%

Lab 30%

Online homework 10%


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  • Hours MONDAY–THURSDAY: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. MONDAY–THURSDAY: 9 p.m.–12 midnight (CS ONLY) FRIDAY: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. SATURDAY: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. SUNDAY: 12 noon–12 midnight (CS ONLY) For topic-specific tutor availability, see STEM Center Lab Hours


(2) TEACHING & LEARNING CENTER — Support with reading and writing for all subjects

  • Hours MWF:  Noon–6 p.m. TTH: 9 a.m.–Noon and 3-9 p.m.


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