Chemical Principles I (CHE 131E/CHE 131LE)

Chemical Principles I (CHE 131E/CHE 131LE) is a self-paced, online lecture/laboratory course.

This course emphasizes the construction of scientific concepts based on observation and development of reasoning skills. Topics include mass, force, interpreting phenomena in terms of atomic theory, gases, stoichiometry, periodic properties of the elements, and solutions.

After completing the course above, you'll be well-prepared to pursue a degree in fields such as optometry, pharmacy, and physician assistant.

This course does not have any prerequisites.

MCPHS also offers Chemical Principles II. Please visit our Chemical Principles II prerequisite course page for more information.

Course Format

Chemical Principles I (CHE 131E/CHE 131LE) is an online, asynchronous, self-paced course that includes both a 3-credit lecture session and a 1-credit laboratory session. This course does not have specific meeting times or deadlines. You will complete your assignments on your schedule over 16 weeks using Blackboard, an online learning platform. You will also have the support of an instructor, as well as 24/7 online tutoring as you progress through the coursework. After completing this course, you will receive a final letter grade and be able to request an official transcript from our Registrar’s Office. Please note: Students can register for the lecture, the lab, or both. Registration is separate for each of these courses.

Course Cost

Courses run at a rate of $500 per credit hour. The School of Professional Studies offers reduced tuition options to new MCPHS students.

Students who have not previously taken coursework at MCPHS are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please complete the discount code form to receive the discount code.

Degree applicants who have been admitted to a degree program and paid their enrollment deposit are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for any prerequisite course that the Admission Office has indicated must be completed before starting the degree program. Please contact the Admission Office at 617.879.5964 (Boston), 508.373.5607 (Worcester), or 603.314.1701 (Manchester) for more information.

Create your account and begin the registration process.


MCPHS is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

We suggest that students purchase their course materials after registering and gaining access to their course. Detailed instructions will then be provided.

The lecture course requires the following textbook:

Chemistry: The Science in Context, Sixth Edition, Gilbert, Kirss, Foster, Bretz, and Davies with SmartWork5

The lab uses Labster, an online virtual lab software. You will have access to this as part of your course fee and it will be available to you while you are enrolled in the course.

A webcam is also required.

Students can receive a full tuition refund if they drop a course within five business days of registering. Course changes will also be allowed during this five-day window.

After the five-day window closes (and up until the course's completion date), students may choose to withdraw from the course without a refund. This would result in a "W" on their student record.

Students should use a computer to interact with the course content rather than a mobile device, iPad, or Tablet. Please confirm you have the minimum computer specifications by reviewing the technology requirements for MCPHS before registering for your course.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have all the required resources needed to access the course material and software.


How to Register

Once you’ve selected your course of interest and are ready to register, all that’s left is to create your account and pay the tuition fees. You'll be asked to create a username and password, provide some basic personal information, and pay the course's tuition. You’ll receive access to your course within two business days of paying tuition.
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"I would highly recommend the Chemical Principles I course. I found the course to be incredibly informative, engaging, and well-designed. One of the aspects I appreciated the most was the interactive nature of the course. The quizzes and video lectures helped me to retain the information better and reinforced my understanding of the material."

Muhammad Ibaad Faisal | Chemical Principles I Lecture