General chemistry for non-science and science majors

Oregon State Ecampus delivers general chemistry courses online for non-science and science majors which satisfy requirements in a variety of fields. We use a quarter-based academic calendar, but now offer semester-equivalent general chemistry courses online. Learn how semester-equivalent chemistry works.

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General chemistry for non-science majors

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.  These classes are geared toward students who have had no previous training in chemistry and for those whose college aptitude test scores indicate the need for a more elementary introduction to chemistry. The labs are included within the online course.

Non-science majors core chemistry classes

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CH 121
CH 122
CH 123
CH 124  ✓ ✓  ✓  ✓ 
CH 125  ✓ ✓  ✓  ✓ 

Core classes must be taken in order.

NOTE: Future term data are continually updated. Class offerings may be added, removed, or rescheduled without notice. Check the Schedule of Classes frequently for current information.

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Other chemistry classes for non-science majors

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CH 130 ✓ 
CH 140  ✓  

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of high school algebra, logarithms and scientific notation before enrolling in a general chemistry class.

General chemistry for science majors

CH 231, 232 and 233 is a higher-level chemistry sequence focusing on general chemistry concepts, and is structured for students majoring in most sciences, pharmacy, and chemical, biological and environmental engineering. These classes are the lecture portions of this general chemistry sequence and are available completely online.

Science majors core chemistry classes

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CH 231    
CH 232   ✓   
CH 233    

Chemistry labs for science majors

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CH 261      
CH 262      
CH 263      

Each lab, CH 261/262/263, is delivered in an intensive three-day format designed for Ecampus students to minimize time required on-campus. This lab series is optional.  Visit the Labs page for more information on the optional CH 261/262/263 labs. Completion of the core classes satisfies most undergraduate bacc core requirements.

Transfer your credits

All students enrolled in Oregon State Ecampus classes pay in-state tuition, making online classes affordable and flexible. It is important to note that Oregon State University runs on a quarter system. If you are transferring credits be sure to confirm the transfer policy of your home institution. Learn more about transferring credits.

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