FALL 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: The ACS Organic Chemistry Exam requirement is waived for incoming Fall 2020 transfer students. Students who received a B or better in their organic chemistry course(s) will receive credit for Chem 12A (and Chem 12B if you completed the equivalent of a second semester with a B or better).
SPRING 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: The College of Chemistry will accept results from the new online ACS Organic Chemistry Exam, from Spring 2020 only.
ACS Exam Policy Updates — December 2019
Students who complete a year of organic chemistry (lecture and laboratory) at a community college will be given credit for organic chemistry at Berkeley by taking the American Chemical Society (ACS) Organic Chemistry Exam, depending upon their scores:
- Score = 75th percentile or higher — Chemistry 12A and 12B
- Score = 40th to 74th percentile — Chemistry 12A
- Score = below the 40th percentile, consider re-taking the exam at Berkeley before the start of your first semester (see below)
Chemical Engineering majors who complete one semester or two quarters of organic chemistry at community college will be given credit for satisfying Chemistry 12A if they pass the ACS exam with a score in the 40th percentile or higher.
Chemical Engineering majors are not required to satisfy Chem 12B, though credit for Chem 12B may be used to satisfy the science elective requirement.
Re-taking the ACS Exam at Berkeley
If a student takes the exam at community college and scores below the 40th percentile, they may re-take the exam at Berkeley before the start of their first semester IF the version of their first exam is different from the version administered by Berkeley.
Note: The College of Chemistry does not accept results from the 1994 and 1998 versions of the ACS Organic Chemistry exam.
As of Fall 2020, new transfer students are required to take the American Chemical Society (ACS) Organic Chemistry Exam, either at their community college or at UC Berkeley, prior to the start of their first semester at Berkeley.
Students who do not take the exam before the start of their first semester will be required to take organic chemistry course(s) at Berkeley (lecture only):
Chemical Engineering majors — Chemistry 12A
Chemistry & Chemical Biology majors — Chemistry 12A+12B
Students may not take the exam after beginning course work at UC Berkeley.
To those students who take the American Chemical Society (ACS) Organic Chemistry Exam at their community college:
Regardless of your exam score, you are required to ask the instructor offering the exam to provide the following information on campus letterhead stationary:
- student's name
- exam name and version
- exam score and percentile
- exam date
- name of the college where the exam was taken
- instructor's signature, name, title, telephone number, and e-mail address
As soon as possible the instructor should email a scanned copy of the score report to your adviser:
The instructor should specify "ACS Exam Score Report" in the subject heading.
To those students who have not yet taken the American Chemical Society (ACS) Organic Chemistry Exam:
Take the exam at UC Berkeley on August 24, 2020 9-11am, 180 Tan Hall. Please register for the exam by August 14.
[content coordinated by Maura Daly]