Essentials of General Chemistry – CHEM 115

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

This course examines the fundamental concepts of chemistry: scientific measurements, atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactivity, molecular geometry, stoichiometry, energy, phases of matter, chemistry of solutions, and quantum mechanics.  Laboratory experiments will provide hands-on reinforcement of these concepts. Restricted to online students pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering. Note: This course does not substitute for CHEM 121, 131, or 135.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides students a foundational knowledge of the core of God’s creation: matter. Its goal is to increase competency in analytical reasoning by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to provide a foundation of chemical knowledge and introduce basic laboratory skills.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will research an assigned topic and post a thread. The student will respond to one other student's thread.  The thread must be at least 250 words and the reply must be at least 150 words.

The student will complete homework assignments using the McGraw-Hill CONNECT system. Each homework assignment will correspond to the Learn material assigned in the Module: Week.

The student will complete lab exercises each week that correspond to the Learn material. Grades are based on the quality of results, calculations, and written interpretations of results. Completing every lab, including performing the “wet” experiment and submitting the report, is required to pass this course. In some labs, the student will also complete lab simulations and/or online activities. Each student must collect data and answer questions in laboratory assignments individually; the sharing of data or answers between students will be considered as academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating).

Each quiz covers the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week, except Quiz: Cumulative.  That quiz will cover Learn material for the entire course. Each quiz will be open note, open book, contain 25-50 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.