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Chemophobia: Precaution or Panic? (FYS)
Fall 2019
Section: 01  

Chemophobia is an aversion to or prejudice against chemistry and chemicals. There is abundant evidence of this across the mass media, and while some important issues have been brought to the forefront in this way, the hype and misunderstanding surrounding other issues has had adverse effects on our society. This course will look at both sides of the debate surrounding chemicals in our everyday lives--in our food, in our consumer products, and in our environment. We will begin with a brief history of the environmental movement to see how we arrived at our current perceptions of chemistry, and then we will delve into the facts and science behind some of the topical issues of concern to differentiate between what is merely hype and what we ought to be concerned about. This course is intended for anyone interested in the topic, regardless of their current knowledge of chemistry.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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