535 Honors Chemistry I

2 semesters, 1 credit (With SLU 1818 option)

Required for juniors not taking 531 Practical Chemistry or 532 Chemistry I

Open to seniors

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of A- in 528 Advanced Physics, Earth, and Space Science or minimum grade of B- in 532 Chemistry I. To qualify for the 1818 option through Saint Louis University, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.33.

This course provides a college-like atmosphere to cover topics equivalent to those covered in CHEM 1115 and CHEM 1110 at Saint Louis University. The general goals of the course are to understand thoroughly the makeup of all matter, the ability of atoms to bond, the role energy plays in chemical reactions, the interaction of gases, and the different ways chemicals participate in reactions. Topics covered in this course will include atoms, molecules, and ions; formulas, equations, and moles; reactions in aqueous solution; periodicity and atomic structure; covalent bonds and molecular structure; thermochemistry; gases, liquids, solids, and phase changes; and properties of solutions.

This course may be taken for college credit. If student elects to take this course for college credit (St. Louis University courses CHEM 1110/1115, 4 credits), an additional fee will apply.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Describe the structure of the atom and different types of compounds.
  2. Identify and balance major reaction types.
  3. Use stoichiometry to calculate amount of products created and reactants needed in a chemical reaction.
  4. Use Lewis structures, VSEPR theory, and Valance Bond theory to describe molecules.
  5. Calculate energy transfer in physical and chemical processes.
  6. Calculate volume, pressure, temperature, and amount as it applies to gases.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Matter and measurement 
  2. Atoms, molecules, and ions
  3. Formulas, equations and moles 
  4. Reactions in aqueous solution
  5. Periodicity and atomic structure
  6. Covalent bonds and molecular structure
  7. Thermochemistry: chemical energy
  8. Gases: their properties and behavior
  9. Liquids, solids, and phase changes


This curriculum last updated January 4, 2019, by the Science Department.