Online chemistry and biochemistry at ASU
ASU offers the only fully online chemistry and biochemistry degrees in the nation. These degree programs have been created with innovative components specifically to serve the needs of students who are otherwise excluded from quality college education.
The degree programs include real hands-on laboratory experiences that give our courses rigor, legitimacy and the respect of professional health programs and scientific industry. ASU respects its online students' skills and assets and supports them by providing the best possible online chemistry and biochemistry learning experiences.
Learn from award-winning faculty
Online students at ASU take the same courses as campus immersion students and are taught by the same faculty. Many faculty who have taught online chemistry and biochemistry courses are recognized by the University as being among the best, with numerous teaching awards and recognition. ASU faculty are working hard to develop new ways of delivering meaningful learning for online students.
Hands-on Laboratory Courses
Online students take the same hands-on chemistry and biochemistry laboratory courses as on-campus students. There are no “virtual” or fully online labs because it is just not possible to do laboratory chemistry virtually, and it is critical to ASU that our online students take courses and earn degrees that have legitimacy and earn respect. At ASU we have worked hard to design online degree programs that are as rigorous and legitimate as our on-campus degrees, we are proud of the degree programs and the experiences they offer online students.
To take the lab courses, students travel to the ASU Tempe Campus in Arizona and complete the organic chemistry lab courses (CHM 237 and 238) in just seven days, and the biochemistry lab (BCH 467) in five days. Students spend a full eight hours each day in the lab for a truly immersive and excellent learning experience.
Authentic research experiences
Just like campus immersion students, ASU online students can work with ASU research faculty to take part in authentic research experiences, which are vital for admission into competitive graduate programs.
Students can find individual faculty members to work with, or they can participate in a program unique to ASU, the Online Undergraduate Research Scholars (OURS) program, a multi-pronged initiative designed to create meaningful experiential learning and research experiences for ASU Online learners studying the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Connect with Other Online Students
Online students can connect with other online students many different ways. There are a wide range of student clubs and organizations that students can be a part of. The IDEAS student society was started by a group of online biochemistry students at ASU, with the support of ASU faculty member Dr. Ara Austin, and has now grown to be the largest student group at ASU!
Students in ASU’s online general chemistry and organic chemistry courses can get help from other online students tutors/mentors via special SlackTM channels.
ASU respects and promotes its online students
ASU chemistry and biochemistry online students are fully integrated into the School of Molecular Sciences community. They are treated equally and enjoy the same opportunities for recognition, awards and scholarships as on-campus students. The School of Molecular Sciences is proud of its online students and promotes their skills and assets.
Online student scholarship and award winners
- Wayne W. Luchsinger Chemistry Scholarship
Ryan Korinek (2021)
- Theodore M. Brown Memorial Scholarship
Sam Bakotich (2019), Hilary Simpson (2020), Odino Keese Amedjrovi(2021)
- AZ Society for Coatings Technology Scholarship
Ethan Kelly Padilla (2021)
- School of Molecular Sciences Scholarship
David Reed (2020)
- SMS Women in Science Scholarship
Ellen Streitweiser (2020), Kirsten Krip(2021)
- SMS First Generation Scholarship
- SMS Veterans Scholarship
Anthony Pacheco(2020), Cory Smith (2021), Michael Steiger (2022)
- ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award
- Distinguished Biochemistry Merit Award
- Dean's Medal
The School of Molecular Sciences respects it’s online students
The School of Molecular Sciences respects it’s online students, and acknowledges and promotes their assets, their skills, and their important contributions to society.