|Chemistry, the central science, is fascinating because it plays a significant role in everyone's lives and touches almost every aspect of our existence is some way.
CH 111 is an introductory chemistry course designed for students with a limited background in chemistry. Topics include atomic structure and theory, bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular forces, stoichiometry, and reactivity. Special topics include green chemistry, Life Cycle Assessment, polymers and macromolecular structure and function. If you are majoring in liberal arts, education, finance, pre-law or any other non-science area, this course will help you to become a more informed citizen, consumer, and policy maker. You will gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze technical challenges facing you today and in the future. If your major is biology or psychology, this course will give you the necessary chemical background for BI 211 and BI 212 and for psychology courses discussing drugs, medicines, and physiology.
As a chemistry student, you will be learning a new scientific language. This new language will enable you to explore a variety of phenomena using macroscopic and sub-microscopic terms and symbolic representations. Success in this course requires not only an understanding of the basic vocabulary, facts and concepts, but also the ability to critically analyze relationships between phenomena and to apply knowledge to novel situations. In addition to lectures, there will be classroom activities, demonstrations and study assignments designed to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary for a successful chemical adventure. The only prerequisite for this course is MATH 095.
Take a moment and look around you? Chemistry is everywhere in our modern society. Chemistry is involved in everything from providing adequate food, clothing and shelter to designing cleaner and more efficient sources of energy, developing new materials for modern medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, and creating new modes of communication and data storage. Chemistry is central to matters of public concern including improvement of health care and conservation of natural resources. In fact, chemistry is critical for redesigning chemical products and processes in a way that minimizes or eliminates negative impacts on human health and the environment.
It's truly amazing how the behavior of atoms, molecules, and ions determines the sort of world we have to live in, our shapes and sizes, and even how we feel on a given day.