Catalogue 2018 - 2019

CHEM 151 The Chemicals In Our Lives


3 cr.


CHEM 101, BIO 101 or PHYS 101

Course Description

This course examines the role that chemistry plays in our lives by studying some of the chemicals most widely used by human beings. After a brief review of some basic chemical concepts, one or more chemicals from the following areas will be studied: cosmetics, nutrition, plastics and fibers, cleaning agents, medicines, and drugs. In each case, the science underlying the chemical's mode of action, the history of its development, and its benefits and risks will be considered.


This is a one semester course without a lab.

CHEM 101 or BIO 101 or PHYS 101, followed by this course, would meet the General University Requirements for the Natural Science Perspective.