A group of MIT freshmen learn laboratory techniques from Prof. John Dolhun. Image courtesy of George Zaidan.
In this section we have provided a collection of chemistry courses and resources from across MIT. Some are materials that were used to teach MIT undergraduates, while others were designed specifically for high school students.
The research and teaching in the Chemistry Department cover such topics as biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. The department is considered to be one of the strongest chemistry departments in the world.
Learn more about MIT’s Chemistry Department.
We have selected relevant material from MIT's introductory courses to support students as they study and educators as they teach the AP* Chemistry curriculum. This section is organized by the topics that you’ll see on the chemistry exam.
* AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
The following courses have been selected to help you explore Chemistry at MIT. The first two courses listed below, Introduction to Solid State Chemistry (3.091SC) and Principles of Chemical Science (5.111SC), are in our OCW Scholar format. OCW Scholar courses are designed for study at your own pace. They contain substantially more material than typical OCW courses, blending new content with existing material used in MIT classes.
Learn more about OCW Scholar.
|» Introduction to Solid State Chemistry (3.091SC)||Prof. Donald Sadoway|
|» Principles of Chemical Science (5.111SC)||Prof. Catherine Drennan|
|» Kitchen Chemistry (ES.287)||Dr. Patricia Christie|
|» Organic Chemistry I (5.12)||Dr. Kimberly Berkowski, Prof. Sarah O’Connor|
|» Chemical Investigations of Boston Harbor (12.097)||Dr. Elizabeth Kujawinski, Prof. Franz Hover, Dr. Sheri White|
|» Chemistry of Sports (ES.010)||Dr. Patricia Christie, Mr. Steven Lyons|
In this section, you can watch a variety of videos that highlight different aspects of chemistry at MIT.
|» ChemLab Boot Camp Reality Series||Dr. John Dolhun, MIT Students|
|» Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom||Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri|
|» Chemistry in Action: Profiles of MIT Researchers||Prof. Jacquin Niles, Prof. Liz Nolan, Prof. Katharina Ribbeck|
|» Behind the Scenes at MIT||The Drennan Research and Education Laboratory|
Much of the work that chemists do takes place in the laboratory. Learning how to use the equipment and conduct experiments are essential skills for any future chemists to master. MIT offers several laboratory-based classes to help students learn these fundamental techniques.
|» Chemistry Laboratory Techniques (5.301)||Dr. John J. Dolhun|
|» Introduction to Experimental Chemistry (5.302)||Dr. Janet Schrenk|
|» Laboratory Chemistry (5.310)||Dr. Janet Schrenk, Dr. Mircea Gheorghiu|
The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous. Among other things, the experiments should include the following safety measures: a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, the use of proper personal protective equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT and Dow shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented. Legal Notice