Online General Chemistry for Engineers

CHM 114 - General Chemistry for Engineers

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Have you ever wondered what’s inside your mobile phone case? Why batteries aren't lighter and have to be recharged? How different colors can be shown on your computer screen? Or why glass shatters when you hit it with a hammer? These, along with other questions of how atoms and molecules combine to make macroscopic materials with desired properties, are at the heart of countless challenges addressed by chemists and engineers every day. This course is not a standard introductory chemistry course. The course introduces general chemistry topics and explains directly how these concepts are related to engineering. You will develop the language and chemistry skills necessary to work as an engineer in a team with chemists. In this course, you will learn by doing, and you will be helped along the way with instant visual and audio feedback. You will simultaneously learn the language of chemistry and how to think like a chemist by exploring the chemistry embedded in four key engineering challenges:

  • Why don't we build everything out of glass?
  • What are the fuels of the future?
  • Can battery technology solve the energy crisis?
  • How will modern materials shape tomorrow?

Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

MAT 170 is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 16, 2022

  • Credits: 4
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Solve engineering challenges using tools from chemistry
  • Apply molecular ideas to understanding the properties of materials and functionality of modern devices
  • Predict chemical and physical properties from molecular or material structures
  • Evaluate suitability of chemicals and materials for applications like batteries or fuel cells based on chemical and physical properties

What to expect in class

Video and audio lectures paired with facilitated notes, readings, quizzes, labs, Active Learning In Chemistry for Engineers (ALICE) content mastery activities, and exams

Exams and grading


ALICE Activities


Quizzes (7)


Labs and Lab Questions


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course includes a lab and satisfies 4 credit hours toward the Natural Science - Quantitative (SQ) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




President’s Professor,

School of Molecular Sciences

Arizona State University

Anne Katherine

Anne Katherine


Associate Professor,

School of Molecular Sciences

Arizona State University




Principal Lecturer,

School of Molecular Sciences

Arizona State University




Professor of Chemistry,

School of Molecular Sciences

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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