General Chemistry – Online
Complete a full-year sequence of online general chemistry as part of your undergraduate degree program or while still in high school.
Oregon State University currently offers two General Chemistry sequences online:
General Chemistry - 121, 122, 123
These courses are a prerequisite sequence for students in a variety of science and health-related fields. Students with majors in physical science, biological science, environmental sciences, health, exercise, nutrition, nursing and natural resources may require these chemistry courses in their program of study.
No OSU campus visits are required and all course components are completed online, including:
- Virtual chemistry labs completed online within course
- Online interactive group discussions
- Online exams, quizzes and homework
For a preview of the sequence, view our video featuring instructor Dr. Richard Nafshun. Students completing CH 121, 122, and 123 are well prepared for upper-division chemistry courses, including our online Organic Chemistry sequence.
General Chemistry - 231, 232, 233
This higher-level chemistry course sequence focuses on general chemistry concepts, and is structured for students majoring in most sciences, pharmacy, and chemical, biological and environmental engineering. CH 231, 232 and 233 are the lecture portions of this general chemistry sequence and are available completely online.
CH 261, 262 and 263 are the optional lab components of the sequence; students should check with their advisor to determine whether lab is required for their course of study. These on campus labs are offered during a 3-day weekend each term, or consecutively during a 9-day period in the summer. Students that prefer not to travel may be able to take labs only at an institution near their home. Visit the General Chemistry Labs page for more information on the CH 261/262/263 sequence. These two sequences together satisfy OSU's undergraduate Bacc core requirements.
Transfer your credits
Many students from other colleges and universities take our courses online to transfer credit to their home institutions. OSU operates on a quarter-based academic calendar. View our Transferring Credits page to find information how OSU credits will transfer to your home institution, especially if your college or university operates on a semester-based academic calendar.