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Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FSE 105 Chemistry Concepts

5 credits
This course is intended for non-science majors. The focus is on fundamental topics of chemistry such as atoms and molecules, the periodic table, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and radioactivity as they relate to current society. This class is intended to increase scientific literacy for non-science majors. It presents chemistry using a more conceptual and less mathematical approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL& 175 , BUS& 201 , ENGL& 101 , and MATH& 107 

Quarters Offered: Winter, Summer

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of the scientific method as applied to chemistry
  • Describe the general structure of the atom and identify characteristics of an element using the periodic table, including element symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, and number of protons and electrons
  • Apply chemistry principles to daily life using examples such as acid rain, photosynthesis, cooking, industrial synthesis, and pharmaceuticals, and identify the role of chemical reactions in those applications
  • Differentiate between molecular, ionic, and metallic substances
  • Explain the characteristics of a solid, liquid, and gas in terms of visible properties and the kinetic-molecular theory of matter
  • Express concentrations of solutions qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Calculate pH and identify chemicals as acids or bases
  • Identify basic organic functional groups and describe their physical and chemical characteristics
  • Identify and use authoritative reference materials to research and report on chemistry-related topics

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50