Catalogue 2020 - 2021

CHEM 152 The Chemistry Of Fine Things


3 cr.


BIO 101, PHYS 101, or CHEM 101.

Course Description

In this course, students will explore the science behind the 'finer things of life.' The creation of paintings; perfume; wine; pieces of art, glass, and pottery; gourmet food; and other luxuries depend upon chemical, biological, and physical processes. Understanding these transformations and how they are used creatively is essential to both the development and preservation of works of art. In addition, a discussion of the biochemical processes that are central to the perception (and misperception) of these 'fine' things will be included.


This is a one semester course without a lab. 

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