Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
CHEM101: General Chemistry I
Self-Paced (36 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introductory chemistry


The course objective is to explore the basic principles and methods of chemistry, such as the metric system, scientific notation and significant figures, the atom and atomic theories, trends of the periodic table of the elements, bonding, molecular geometry, chemical formulas, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, and thermodynamics.

In this course, we study chemistry from the ground up, beginning with the basics of the atom and its behavior, then progressing to the chemical properties of matter and the chemical changes and reactions that take place all the time in our world.

Learning Outcomes:

  • distinguish between the physical and chemical properties of matter
  • perform mathematical operations involving significant figures
  • describe the arrangement of the periodic table
  • identify and write electron configurations
  • draw Lewis structures for molecules
  • name ionic and covalent compounds using the rules for nomenclature of inorganic compounds
  • perform stoichiometric calculations
  • use the Ideal Gas Law to calculate properties of gases
  • calculate enthalpy change for a given process, and explain the relationship between enthalpy change and the tendency for reactions to occur
  • conduct pH calculations and use the pH scale to classify solutions as acidic, basic, or neutral
  • write and balance oxidation-reduction reactions
  • distinguish different types of nuclear decay

General Topics:

  • Matter and measurements
  • The atom
  • Bonding
  • Chemical formulas and equations
  • States of matter
  • Thermochemistry and thermodynamics
  • Acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Nuclear chemistry
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • proctored final exam

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials