Chemistry and Lab Courses – Online

Oregon State Chemistry has been teaching high-quality college-level chemistry courses, labs and a minor online since 2005. All courses are developed and taught by the world-class faculty in OSU's Department of Chemistry. The online format provides flexibility as you complete your degree program requirements.

Oregon State University uses a quarter-based academic calendar, but we now offer semester-equivalent general chemistry courses online. Learn how semester-equivalent chemistry works.

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Complete chemistry course listing 

Course numberDescription
CH 121, 122, 123, 124 General Chemistry for non-science majors (online labs included)

General Chemistry for non-science majors is a sequence for students in a variety of the science and health-related fields. Students with majors in physical science, biological science, environmental sciences, health, exercise, nutrition, nursing and natural resources may require this sequence in their program of study. The full sequence consists of three quarter terms: CH 121, CH 122 and CH 123. Students requiring a single semester equivalent can register for CH 121 followed by CH 124.

CH 231, 232, 233 &
CH 261, 262, 263
General Chemistry for science majors (optional in-person labs)

General Chemistry for science majors focuses on general chemistry concepts and is structured toward students majoring in most sciences, pharmacy, and chemical, biological and environmental engineering. CH 261, 262 and 263 are the corresponding labs for this online sequence.

CH 130 General Chemistry of Living Systems (online labs included)

CH 130General Chemistry of Living Systems (4). This one-term survey course provides an introduction to organic chemistry and the chemistry of biological systems. It fulfills requirements for many majors in the health professions. All components of the course, including the lab experience, are completed online. The course covers: acids and bases; alkanes; alkenes; alkynes; aromatic compounds; alcohols and ethers; amines and amides; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids and esters; carbohydrates; lipids; amino acids and proteins; enzymes; biochemical energy; nucleic acids and protein synthesis.

CH 140 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (online labs included)

CH 140General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (6). Students who require only "one semester of chemistry with labs" should consider taking this class. This 6 quarter-credit class follows OSU's quarter schedule (10 weeks plus finals) and could transfer to a semester school as 4 semester credits.

* Examples of majors requiring one semester of chemistry include: dental hygiene, dietetics, exercise science and some nursing programs. This class gives students a foundation in general chemistry and introduces important topics related to the chemistry of living systems. The lab component is included in the course and can be completed fully online. Topics include measurement, energy and matter, nuclear chemistry, bonding, gases, solutions, rates and equilibrium, acids and bases, organic compounds and reactions, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, and metabolism.

CH 331, 332, 337 Organic Chemistry (hybrid online/in-person labs)

Organic Chemistry is an upper-level sequence for students in a variety of science and health-related fields including dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, chemical engineering, as well as students not majoring in chemistry who require these additional chemistry training courses in their program of study. Please note that CH 337 is a hybrid online/on-campus course.

CH 374 Technology, Energy, and Risk

CH 374Technology, Energy, and Risk (3). Decision-making in a technical, democratic society. Discussion of current issues such as acid rain, toxic organic chemicals in the environment and energy resources, etc.

CH 390 Environmental Chemistry

CH 390Environmental Chemistry (3). Sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, air, and living environments and the effects of technology thereon.

CH 411, 412 Inorganic Chemistry

CH 411Inorganic Chemistry (3). Fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry including atomic structure, bonding models for molecules and solids, symmetry, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, and metal-ligand complexes.

CH 412Inorganic Chemistry (3). Descriptive chemistry of the elements, focusing on main-group compounds, transition metal complexes, and solid-state chemistry.

CH 490/590 Computer Programming for Scientists

CH 490/590Computer Programming for Scientists (3). Programming, numerical and graphical analysis, problem solving, simulations and use of databases for information handling and retrieval. Applications to problems in chemistry.

CH 582 Chemistry and Materials of Batteries and Supercapacitors

CH 582Chemistry and Materials in Batteries and Supercapacitors (3). This course focuses on the chemistry and materials currently in use and proposed for primary and secondary batteries and supercapacitors. After a brief historical review, students will examine state-of-the-art technologies including lithium-ion, lithium, and soldium-sulfur batteries and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, and future technologies such as metal-air and lithium sulfur.

CH 584 Instruments and Online Interactions in the Sciences

CH 584Instruments and Online Interactions in the Physical Sciences (3). This new, fully online course is designed for middle school, high school and college-level science instructors, as well as graduate students in STEM education. CH 584 provides professional development and continuing education credits for science teachers in the integration of different technologies for distance delivery of laboratory instruction in science classes. The course focuses on virtual lab delivery, but participants will also evaluate the strengths and limitations of different methods and technologies, such as lab packs and remote instrument access. At class completion, students will have created a portfolio of instructional lab content that can be used in their practice.

If you are transferring credits be sure to confirm the transfer policy of your home institution. Learn more about transferring credits.

Benefits of studying online with Oregon State University

  • All classes are developed by OSU's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Online students receive the same transcripts as on-campus students.
  • All online students pay in-state tuition.
  • Students can study from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

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