CHEM1305 Chemistry for the Non-Scientist

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 3 and 10 - Natural Sciences, People and the Environment. In this course, students with little or no science background will learn how chemistry is at the center of essentially every aspect of our daily lives. In addition to learning the basic concepts that comprise the field of chemistry, the practical applications and impact that chemistry has on modern concerns such as: food and drug production, health and fitness, environmental pollution and energy sources will also be examined. Hands-on laboratory sessions will provide the opportunity to put the scientific method into action to allow for further exploration and reinforcement of chemical principles.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the roles chemistry plays in the advancement of: food and drug production, health and fitness, environmental pollution and energy sources.
  • Relate basic chemical concepts to everyday observations and problems.
  • Discuss physical phenomena from a molecular perspective.
  • Explain how and why atoms and molecules combine to form new compounds.
  • Use the periodic table to predict the physical and chemical properties of the elements.
  • Complete basic quantitative problems involving unit conversions and chemical equations.
  • Apply appropriate laboratory ways and means including: recording, interpreting and reporting experimental observations as well as using laboratory equipment and chemicals safely.


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other