The purpose of CHEM P3 is to guide you to the correct beginning chemistry course at CU Boulder. Several assessments are available in order to determine the course that is suited for you based on your background in chemistry and math. Your performance on the assessments, along with a conversation with your academic advisor, will help you to select a chemistry course in which you should be successful.

For most students, this program will help you decide between General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1113/1114) and Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1021).

For declared Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, this program will help you decide between Foundations of Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1400/1401) and Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1021)


  • For the overview of the CHEM P3 click here
  • Read the course descriptions for beginning chemistry course options here 
  • Based on the course descriptions, the stated pre-requisites and your currently declared major, select the course for which you believe you are best suited. Use the review materials and self-assessments found in the CHEM P3 Canvas page to evaluate your readiness for chemistry at CU Boulder.  The chemistry self-assessment should be completed prior to meeting with your academic advisor.
  • To access the CHEM P3 Canvas page please use this link .