High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online

Our High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online is unique… you won’t find an approachable O Chem course for high schoolers elsewhere.

The World's First High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online

This live High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online is indeed the world’s first online course about organic chemistry that is ideal for high school aged learners. It’s a fun and approachable introduction to topics usually first experienced in college, and you won’t need any math skills to succeed in our O Chem course.

Our Organic Chemistry, or O Chem for short, courses can be taken after about a half year of normal high school level chemistry. You’ll need a bit of background about the periodic table and bonding before taking O Chem. Keep in mind that O Chem used to only be offered to college students having an entire year of college level chemistry courses taken as background. Our High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online is a great option for high schoolers looking for advanced chemistry classes on the level with an Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry course. 

Topics for the High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online

Lesson 1: Alkanes
We learn about alkanes, hydrocarbons with all single bonds. We draw Lewis structures, skeletons, and 3D diagrams.

Lesson 2: Alkenes
We learn about alkenes, hydrocarbons with one or more double bonds. We draw Lewis structures, skeletons, and 3D diagrams.

Lesson 3: cis and trans alkenes
We learn about cis and trans isomers, and learn to think in 3D about molecules.

Lesson 4: Cyclic Hydrocarbons
We learn about carbon rings.

Lesson 5: Alcohols, Aldehydes & Acids
We learn about compounds with carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, including alcohols, aldehydes, and organic (carboxylic) acids.

Lesson 6: Amines & Amino Acids
We learn about compounds with nitrogen, such as amino acids.

Lesson 7: Chiral Carbon & Sugars
We learn to draw simple sugar molecules. We learn to identify chiral carbons, also known as stereogenic centers.

Lesson 8: Hydration & Dehydration for Polymers
We learn about polymerization of large molecules linking into huge molecules, or polymers, such as starch, fiber, protein, oil, and fat. We discuss the reversible hydration and dehydration reactions for the polymers.

Lesson 9: Polymers in Food
We learn to read a food label from the perspective of organic chemistry. There’s a group project to bring and analyze a food label.


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The Sequence of High School Organic Chemistry Courses Online

Our High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online is not a beginner level course. You’ll want to have at least half of year of normal, regular chemistry classes and labs/experiments at the high school level complete before embarking on your journey into O Chem. If you’ve never studied chemistry in depth before, then you should get started with our beginner level course and labs.


Our High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online is broken into a sequence of 3 shorter parts that add up to about a school year of advanced chemistry at the high school level. Part 1 is about drawing big molecules, Part 2 is about how they react, and Part 3 is about common organic chemicals and their role in the modern world. Our series of 3 O Chem courses can serve as a second year of advanced chemistry classes. similar to taking an Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry course after an initial year of chemistry classes.

High School O Chem Course Creator and Teacher

Hi, I’m Dr. Scott, a former college chemistry professor. I created the world’s first High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online to fill a gap of missing, important science information in the educational curriculum. Organic chemistry topics are starting to be introduced into high school biology, high school chemistry, high school environmental sciences, and many other STEM related courses as well. Because the educational system is slow to change, however, there hasn’t yet been a single class organizing the important organic chemistry topics for high schoolers. This series fills that gap.

Note that I created this class especially for high school level learners, although it would be an excellent review of the fundamentals if you’re struggling with a college-level course. If you’re looking for help with a college-level organic chemistry course, there’s other websites for that, such as Mastering Organic Chemistry. It’s a great website with great materials and great organization… but it’s just way over the heads of most high schoolers. That’s why I made this course.

O Chem Course Details

Live Classes: Meets regularly on Zoom.

Videos Included: There are over 25 hours of videos including complete organic chemistry lessons, detailed organic chemistry worksheet solutions, and class notes.

Materials Included:  The course has over 30 printable pdf files including worksheets, answer keys, and class notes.

Time commitment: Learners typically spend 2-4 hours per week, which includes combined live in-class time and out-of-class time.

Course duration: Each of the 3 parts is about a third of a school year, adding up to about a school year in total of advanced chemistry and biochemistry topics.

Instructor Support Included: Dr. Scott teaches the live class personally. He is available for questions and evaluates worksheets by email. There are grades and a certificate of completion at the end. 

Learning Outcomes

Learners completing our High School Organic Chemistry Basics Course Online will be able to:

Draw and name big molecules.
Understand structure-function relationships.
Know about polymers.
Systematically categorize chemicals.
Understand complex reaction sequences.
Apply the ideas to the chemicals around them including food, fuels, medicine, and more.
Read “between the lines” in a food label like a scientist.
Confidently approach advanced, modern science topics.

Should I Take O Chem Now?

This O Chem course is ideal for:

Anybody with some previous “regular” chemistry experience.
High school students looking for an advanced chemistry course aside from Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry.
High schoolers with an interest in medicine, nursing, or life sciences.
Younger learners with an advanced interest in science.
College students struggling with Organic Chemistry.
Adults looking for a science education.
Teachers seeking a fresh perspective on modern chemistry for high school.