CHEM S-A Chemistry in Context

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7-week session | CRN 33634

This course is an integrated introduction to general chemistry, taught in a contextual framework of social, environmental, technological, and health issues. It is intended for students with little to no background in chemistry, as well as those who desire to expand their basic understanding of chemistry. The topics covered include atomic structures and properties, stoichiometry, solutions, chemical bonding, energy, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, electrochemistry, polymers, chemical equilibrium, basic acids and bases, and drug design.

Course information
Class meetings

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Science Center Hall E

Required sections Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2 pm. Required labs on Fridays 12-3 pm.

Start date

Tuesday, June 26


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 70 students
    Registration Closed
  • Prerequisites

    No prior background in chemistry is required. Basic knowledge of algebra can be helpful.


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    Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD.

    Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of Instructional Laboratory Programs, Harvard University

    Lu Wang, PhD.

    Preceptor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University