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CHE 1011 Chemistry in Modern Life for General Education

A one semester university-parallel course in Chemistry designed specifically to fulfill a general education requirement for students who do not anticipate completing a science or engineering degree. Core concepts of chemistry including matter, physical and chemical properties, elements, compounds, chemical reactions, acids/bases, solutions and energy are interwoven with well-recognized concepts including genetics, forensics, cooking/baking, climate change and air pollution. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Chemistry
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1130 


  • Students will be able to perform basic chemistry calculations (unit conversions, mass to mole conversions, pH, preparation of solutions), as well as interpret and evaluate the validity of results.
  • Students will utilize the scientific method to explore hypothesis development, experimentation, data analysis and presentation of evidence-based results and conclusions.
  • Students will be able to recognize and explain the causes of environmental issues (including ozone layer depletion, greenhouse gases, acid rain and global warming), critically evaluate the evidence for these and assess mitigation strategies.
  • Students will be able to apply basic chemistry principles and discuss the role of chemistry in everyday life including food chemistry (cooking, baking and nutrition) and biological applications of chemistry (health, genealogy, forensic science).
  • Students will be able to explain basic chemistry principles and theories including atomic structure, ions and ionic compounds, molecular compounds, acid/base fundamentals, the mole, the law of conservations of mass, solution basics and phases of matter.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2