Description: This is an introductory chemistry course for non-science majors. The course emphasizes conceptual topics in chemistry and scientific thinking. Students learn to understand how society uses chemistry-based technologies and how to analyze current trends or news involving chemistry. Topics include a basic understanding of matter and energy, physical and chemical changes, the atom, nuclear chemistry, bonding, acids and bases, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Current issues in environmental chemistry such as energy resources, air and water pollution are explored. Students discuss the effects and controversy surrounding the use of different forms of energy. In addition, current issues in organic and biochemistry are examined including trends in diets, certain medicines and drugs, and personal care items. Students planning on taking further courses in chemistry should take Chemistry 100 or Chemistry 152.
This course can help you earn the following degree(s) or certificate(s):