Online Inorganic Chemistry Course Information

Online inorganic chemistry courses are offered as part of bachelor's and master's degree programs. Classes with laboratory components may be offered in a hybrid format with some in-person requirements.

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Online Courses in Inorganic Chemistry

The classes summarized here are some of the commonly offered online inorganic chemistry courses.

  • Chemistry Fundamentals Course: This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Students learn about elements, compounds, mixtures, atomic theory and structure. Other topics include chemical compound properties, structures and nomenclature, as well as chemical reactions and properties of acids and bases. Some classes have a laboratory requirement.
  • General Inorganic Chemistry Course: This online course discusses inorganic chemistry principles including atomic structure, symmetry, orbitals and bonding models for molecules and solids. Acid and base chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, oxidation and reduction are also discussed.
  • Descriptive Chemistry Course: Students study the metric system and temperature conversions in order to conduct chemical calculations using standard formulas and equations. This online course discusses the nature of atoms and ions, as well as their electronic structures and shapes. Main-group compounds, transition metal complexes and solid-state chemistry are also introduced.
  • Chemistry Laboratory Course: Students develop a strong background in analytical technique theory, which they later apply in the lab. They also discuss basic statistical methods and measurement tools, ways to determine experimental errors and quality control. The course may focus on wet chemical analytical methods. These classes may be available via computer software or they may require an on-campus laboratory experience.
  • Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II Course: In this course, students explore the chemical applications of group theory. They will be introduced to the magnetic, electrical and vibrational properties of transition metal complexes and learn how to investigate these complexes.
  • Batteries and Supercapacitors Course: This course covers the materials that are used in primary and secondary batteries and supercapacitors, which are inorganic compounds. Students are introduced to technologies that are currently in use, such as lithium-ion, lithium and sodium-sulfur batteries and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, as well as proposed technologies like metal-air and lithium-sulfur batteries.
  • Environmental Chemistry Course: In this course, students learn about chemical compounds in the water, soil, air and biological systems, many of which are inorganic. In addition to studying the sources of compounds and the way they move through environmental systems, students also examine the effects of technology on chemicals in the environment.

Program Information

Inorganic chemistry explores how the elements of the periodic table exist and react in the physical world, including how metals operate in living systems. Students majoring in nursing, clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences and life sciences often take inorganic chemistry courses. Some inorganic chemistry courses may require students to fulfill math or science prerequisites, such as algebra or chemistry, before enrolling. Courses may also be aimed at working professionals looking for career advancement through continued education. Some universities host Master of Science in Chemistry programs entirely through distance education. In other cases, students who otherwise study on campus may take certain inorganic chemistry courses online. In addition, classes with a laboratory component may offer digital software to complete assignments, while others require students to complete laboratory work on campus or at another designated site.

Students who are interested in taking inorganic chemistry courses can find general introductory courses online, as well as classes that cover more specialized topics in the field.

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