Immersive Introduction to Organic Chemistry

"O Chem for kids is such a great idea. My daughter really enjoyed drawing the geometric patterns for chemicals. Yet again Dr. Scott's courses are ahead of the curve." --Tania M.

Course Overview

This is a live class about organic chemistry ideal for high school aged learners. It’s a fun and approachable introduction to topics usually first experienced in college.

Our Organic Chemistry, or O Chem for short, courses continue after First Semester Chemistry. Note that you don’t have to take Second Semester Chemistry before taking this course, as O Chem builds from the ideas of Lewis structures and shapes covered in First Semester Chemistry.

O Chem is broken into a sequence of 3 shorter parts that add up to about a school year of advanced high school level chemistry. 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.


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Course Data

Videos Included: There are over 15 hours of videos including complete chemistry lessons, detailed worksheet solutions, and class notes.

Materials Included:  The course has over 50 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. 

Who It's For

– anybody who has completed First Semester Chemistry
– high school students looking for an advanced chemistry course aside from honors chemistry or AP chemistry
– 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

Learning Outcomes

Learners completing Organic Chemistry will be able to:

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

Course Topics

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.

Course Sequence

Organic Chemistry can be taken after completing First Semester Chemistry in the chemistry course series. You don’t need to take Second Semester Chemistry before taking Organic Chemistry, although it’s fine if you did.

Our organic chemistry series is broken into 3 parts called Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. We suggest taking them sequentially, as each part builds into the next.

Meet Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Dr. Scott, the course instructor and author of the digital textbook that you get with the course.

I’m a a former college chemistry professor that knows how to make learning science fun and easy. I spent waaay too many years watching students fail “hard” college science courses because they didn’t get the fundamentals.

My courses will show you how to learn science, and I guarantee they’ll prepare you for future science classes. The easy way.