Credit Policies

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All transferred courses may be used to fulfill requirements in Chemistry major and minor and in the Biochemistry major. Only one non-Bates course may used to fulfill requirements in the Chemistry GEC.

Incoming Credit Policy

The college policies may be found at https://www.bates.edu/chemistry-biochemistry/academics/selecting-your-first-chemistry-course/.

AP Policy

A student who takes the Chemistry Advanced Placement (AP) exam, and receives a score of four or five, can receive two course credits. Those credits can be applied toward the credits required for graduation, and can also substitute for Bates’s introductory chemistry courses, CHEM 107 and CHEM 108, where those courses are required as prerequisites for other courses. The two credits can also be applied toward the chemistry major, chemistry minor, or chemistry GEC, and also to the biochemistry major. Please note the following considerations:
1. Students who receive two AP chemistry credits and would like to take chemistry in their first year, should take Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 215). CHEM 212, an analytical chemistry course, is recommended for students who would like to take another chemistry courses in their first year.
2. Students considering medical school or health professional programs should be aware that policies about AP and IB credit differ; many health professional schools do not accept AP credit. We encourage students considering health professions to consult with the pre-health advisors (https://www.bates.edu/purposeful-work/pre-health-studies-advising-resources/).   

3. Organic chemistry, CHEM 217 and CHEM 218, is not open to first-year students. It is typically taken in the sophomore year.

If questions arise, please email the department chair: Professor Matthew Côté (mcote@bates.edu).

International Bacalaureate Policy

“Susidiary Level Chemistry” with an examination grade of 6 or 7: one semester of Introductory Chemistry: Chem 107 or 108.

“Higher Level Chemistry” with an examination grade of 5: one semester of Introductory Chemistry: Chem 107 or 108.

“Higher Level Subjects” category with an examination grade of 6 or 7: up to two semesters of Introductory Chemistry: Chem 107 and/or 108.

A-Level Policy

Grade of A or B: up to two semesters of Introductory Chemistry: Chem 107 and/or 108.

Grade of C: one semester of Introductory Chemistry: Chem 107 or 108.

Grade lower than C: No credit

Students with incoming credit should review this page (link to Selecting your First Chemistry Course) for guidance in determining which courses to take in their first year.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may take chemistry courses at other institutions during the summer or during study abroad. It is highly recommended that students have courses approved before enrolling in the course to be transferred. Courses taken at a Community College must obtain prior approval of both the department chair and the Academic Standing Committee.