General chemistry courses in college include Introduction to Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry. Students majoring in chemistry commonly take Analytical Chemistry, Physics and Biology in college, too.
Introductory chemistry courses are commonly part of general education requirements for students. Introductory chemistry courses prompt students to take measurements, write lab reports, record data and use tools to conduct experiments. Students are required to use computer software to analyze and record data and complete qualitative and quantitative analyses. General chemistry courses cover topics such as chemical reactions, chromatography, specific formulas and calorimetry.
Inorganic chemistry courses focus on electron structures and properties of non-carbon-based compounds whereas organic chemistry courses focus on chemical reactions and the structure of molecules that are carbon based. Chemistry majors taking biochemistry courses learn about chemical reactions within living organisms that take place at the cellular, molecular and atomic levels. Physical chemistry courses build upon knowledge of math, physics and chemistry by exploring quantum mechanics, atomic structure and the movements and states of gases, liquids and solids.
General chemistry courses at the college level are typically required to advance to science and chemistry courses required for a chemistry major. Chemistry courses allow students to split time between lab work and lecture-based classroom activities.