Credits required
N/A Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. *
Cost per credit
$331 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses. Courses numbered 5XX and higher are graduate level tuition.
Delivery
Online Course sequences can include classes that are delivered online, as well as a blend of online coursework with one or a few required site-based classes.
Start terms
4 per year

Online Chemistry and Lab Courses

General chemistry

NOTE: Due to the university’s efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, Oregon State’s on-campus summer and fall chemistry labs are subject to change. Please refer to the Ecampus Schedule of Classes, or contact the Department of Chemistry for more details at chemistry.ecampus@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State University offers general chemistry courses online that will satisfy requirements in a variety of fields and introduce you to the fundamentals of chemistry. Using innovative laboratory simulation software, you can complete lab work through hands-on projects at home that allow you to practice or redo experiments and enhance your learning.

All general chemistry sequences are developed and taught by the same Oregon State College of Science faculty who teach on campus and are delivered online by nationally ranked OSU Ecampus. These yearlong course sequences can save you time and money while providing ample opportunity to take a deeper dive into fundamental concepts.

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OSU faculty demonstrate how they teach chemistry online by using a variety of interactive tactics to engage students.

General chemistry for non-science majors

Students majoring in physical, biological or environmental sciences may require these chemistry courses in their program of study. In addition, students entering health-care fields with a focus on patient care – or in roles such as technicians, therapists, technologists, dental hygienists and dietitians — may require general chemistry.

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 each course, saving you time and money while providing ample opportunity for exploration of concepts.

Core classes for non-science majors

Course # Summer Fall Winter Spring
CH 121
CH 122
CH 123

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.

Other chemistry classes for non-science majors

Course # Summer Fall Winter Spring
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

General chemistry for science majors is a higher-level chemistry sequence, focusing on general chemistry concepts. It is structured for students majoring in most science fields and pharmacy as well as chemical, biological and environmental engineering. These classes are the lecture portions of this general chemistry sequence and are available completely online.

Core classes for science majors

Course # Summer Fall Winter Spring
CH 231    
CH 232   ✓   
CH 233    

Labs for science majors

Course # Summer Fall Winter Spring
CH 261      
CH 262      
CH 263 
     

Learn more about this optional lab series. Completion of the core classes satisfies most of OSU’s undergraduate baccalaureate core requirements. In summer 2021, these labs will be delivered remotely, running concurrently with remote lecture courses, delivered through OSU's main campus. Remote classes may be subject to Corvallis campus tuition.

Core class for engineering majors

Course # Summer Fall Winter Spring
CH 201      
CH 202      

Need more information about registering for chemistry classes?

1. Review the admissions process for nondegree-seeking students.
2. Learn more about the override and prerequisite process.
3. Follow the steps in the Getting Started Guide for newly admitted students.

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