This course will introduce non-science majors to the basic chemistry required to understand a variety of scientific topics currently in the news and affecting our community such as the ozone hole, global warming, acid rain, nuclear power, plastics, drugs, and genetic engineering. Students will develop the critical thinking skills to assess the risks and benefits or technology-based issues. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate scientific claims as presented in the popular press.
* It is recommended that students take MATH 0970 prior to taking CHEM 1010 since a working knowledge of basic algebra is useful.
** Additionally, it is recommended that students take CHEM 1092 concurrently with the lecture. The lab experience serves to enhance the student’s understanding of the concepts discussed in the lecture.
Students not meeting the IRW 0980 prerequisite may elect to take CSE 1101 as a Pre- or Corequisite to this course.