General Chemistry I + Lab –Online Program

Offered by: StraighterLine

College credits: 4

Course length: Self-paced, 8 weeks



General Chemistry I is designed to familiarize students with the basic principles of chemistry. The course begins with the study of atoms, quantum theory, and periodic trends of the elements. Stoichiometry, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, and properties of solids, liquids, and gases are also explored. From there chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, energy, radiation, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry topics are studied. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into the sciences. Students will complete at home laboratory experiments, track and record results, and take lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and supplemental online materials. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into laboratory sciences.

  • Analyze Dalton's atomic theory with respect to the structure of the atom.
  • Describe the states of matter, their properties, and the effect of chemical measurements on chemical calculations.
  • Solve chemical problems relating to various aspects of stoichiometry, such as the mole, molecular formulas, and chemical equations.
  • Describe the process of phase change and the properties of liquids and solids.
  • Summarize the applications of various gas laws and the Kinetic-Molecular theory.
  • Summarize factors affecting solubility and the colligative properties of liquids.
  • Review the various types of chemical reactions.
  • Analyze quantum theory with respect to the structure of the atom.
  • Explore the organization of the periodic table with respect to atomic properties.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of the main group elements.
  • Relate the properties of the transition elements to the formation of coordination compounds.
  • Analyze the various theories of chemical bonding.
  • Apply various theories to depict molecular shape.
  • Apply the various laws of thermodynamics to define enthalpy and calculate standard heats of reactions.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of entropy, free energy, and work.
  • Explore reaction mechanisms and the factors affecting the rate of a reaction.
  • Express chemical equilibria with the help of the reaction quotient and the equilibrium constant.
  • Analyze the various properties of acids and bases in water and the pH scale.
  • Review the various aspects of acid-base equilibria.
  • Detail the applications of ionic equilibria in buffer systems and titration curves.
  • Distinguish between the different types of organic molecules.
  • Analyze the concept of radioactive decay and its role in the application of radioisotopes.
  • Have a clear understanding of lab safety protocol.
  • Understand the scientific and have experience applying it during laboratory experiments.
  • Recognize what makes a successful analysis.
  • Have conducted successful experiments.
  • Understand why molecules have a particular shape.
  • Understand and approximate the importance of Avogadro’s Number.
  • Recognize balanced chemical equations.
  • Observe how a catalyst affects a reaction.
  • Understand how to appropriately draft a lab report.
  • Understand how to evaluate hypotheses in terms of data created by lab experiments.

Cost and Schedule

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is StraighterLine?
StraighterLine is an educational provider that offers online higher education courses that are equivalent to general courses required for bachelor’s degrees. Their courses have been evaluated by American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and have been recommended for college credit. They have partnerships with a number of accredited colleges and universities.

What is the application process like?
Your advisor will be in contact throughout the process to help you complete the application, as well as answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, here is a general outline of what to expect:
  1. Apply to this offering.
  2. Complete the SmarterMeasure assessment related to your online learning style.
  3. In certain cases, you will need to submit your unofficial transcripts to Guild.

What does a self-paced course mean?
You can take a course 100% online at your own speed, in the comfort of your own home. You can take the course exam whenever you are ready. If you dedicate 17 to 20 hours per week to a course, this should allow you to finish a course within a single month. 

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.