Course Overview

General Chemistry 1 is the first of two chemistry courses. The topics in this course are explained and discussed in context with clinical applications to different health professions. Specific topics include dimensional analysis, introduction to the structure and properties of atoms and molecules, periodic table, balancing chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry and gas laws. In the required lab component students use a lab kit to conduct hands on labs.


Combined Lecture/Lab


Ryan Clauson, PhD


4 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous


HBIO-450 or equivalent, mathematics including high school algebra, or consent of course instructor


 $2,160.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures / problem demos


  • Problem sets
  • Mini quizzes
Lab and Lab Reports 3-4

Other Assignments

  • Homework assignments
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries
  • Exams

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 13-18
  • Matter and Measurements
  • Atoms, Molecules and Ions
  • Stoichiometry
  • Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
  • Thermochemistry
  • Electronic Structure of Atoms
  • Periodic Properties of the Elements
  • Basics of Chemical Bonding
  • Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories
  • Gases
  • Solids and Modern Materials

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Required
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Required

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Ryan Clauson, PhD

Lecturer, General Chemistry 1, Introduction to Chemistry Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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