Online at ASU is more than you are expecting...

Learn from award-winning faculty

Unlike many other institutions, ASU online students are taught by the same faculty as campus immersion students, faculty who are recognized by the University as being among the best.

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Hands-on laboratory courses

ASU online students take the same hands-on laboratory courses as campus immersion students, gaining the same laboratory skills and experience.

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Authentic research experiences

ASU online students have access to authentic research experiences, working with ASU research and campus students to contribute to research problems of real societal value.

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Connect with other online students

ASU online students can connect with other online students via clubs and organizations, and in tutoring and mentoring sessions designed specifically for online classes.

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Successful career

ASU online chemistry and biochemistry online have successfully secured positions in competitive medical, dental and other pre-health programs and in graduate research programs.

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Respect and support for online students

ASU online chemistry and biochemistry students enjoy the same opportunities for recognition, awards and scholarships as campus students. ASU recognizes the extraordinary experiences and assets of its online students.

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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.

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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.

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Successful Career Outcomes

ASU online chemistry and biochemistry students have found success after graduation, earning admission into competitive graduate, medical, dental and other pre-health programs

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
    Aleaha Evans(2022)

  • SMS Veterans Scholarship
    Anthony Pacheco(2020), Cory Smith (2021), Michael Steiger (2022)

  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award
    Ellen Streitwieser(2020)

  • Distinguished Biochemistry Merit Award
    Paul Turack(2020)

  • Dean's Medal
    Ellen Streitwieser(2021)

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.

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Future Students

How do I apply?

Apply through ASU Online admissions. You can also speak with an enrollment advisor to assist you in completing your application.

How much does it cost?

The tuition costs range between $530-$1,153 per credit hour depending on your program, transfer credits, and course load. Use the online tuition calculator to determine your specific tuition estimation.

How long does it take?

Our degree programs take four years to complete. Transfer credits can reduce the length of time it takes to complete the degree. Speak with an academic advisor to learn how long it will take you to finish.

How does my degree work?

Students will complete science courses such as chemistry, biology, and physics. They will also complete general studies courses such as English, humanities, and social behavioral sciences. Classes are accelerated and run in 7.5-week sessions.

How do online courses work?

Our degree programs and courses are delivered online by the same award-winning faculty who teach the equivalent course on-campus. Courses are designed using state-of-the-art technology and tools, providing you with a direct connection to the knowledge and expertise of our SMS faculty. Learn more...

What is it like? 

Online students experience the same quality education as our campus immersion students. SMS online courses give students the flexibility they need to complete their degree. Many extracurricular activities are also available for online students such as joining student organizations, completing internships, and contributing to research.

What jobs do graduates get?

Research, data analytics, environmental and sustainability management, or in education upon graduation. Many graduates also pursue further degree programs to prepare themselves for careers in medicine and healthcare. 

Who to contact?

For questions regarding to SMS online degree programs, please email:

Current Students

How do I get Advising? 

You can get advising through scheduled appointments. You can email advising at Advisors have the answers to many of your questions!

Where do I go for Help? 

You can find help by contacting your success coach or your academic advisor. They can help you with resources that are available to you as an online student such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid & scholarships, and 360 Life services.

Online student community

Embrace the diversity and traditions of Arizona State University as an online student. Connect with the ASU Online student community and celebrate Sun Devil pride. Learn more...

How do the In-Person Lab Courses work?

Students travel to Arizona to the ASU Tempe Campus and complete the organic chemistry labs (CHM 237 and 238) in 7 consecutive days and the biochemistry lab (BCH 467) in 5 consecutive days. Students spend a full eight hours each day in the lab for a true immersive experience.

How to connect with faculty?

As an online student, you will connect with faculty the same way as an in-person student would. Be engaged and proactive while taking the course. Ask good, relevant questions, and attend office hours. Participate in discussion boards by helping other students and answering their questions. Read about the faculty member's research area and expertise, and show genuine interest. 

How to get research experience

Online students who are local can conduct research for ASU faculty on campus, students should contact faculty directly. Online students may also take part in research remotely, see: Students can also gain research experience in their local area. Consider contacting local universities, local hospitals, or laboratories to inquire about these opportunities. Students may earn credit for conducting research, see your advisor for details.