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CH (Chemistry)
345
032502
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Chemistry and War
Chem War
College of Sciences
Chemistry (17CH)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
CH 495Spring 20177
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Jeremiah Feducia
Teaching Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisites: CH 223 or CH 227

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course will cover the influence of chemical discoveries on major military conflicts, from World War I to the present, as well as the effect that military conflicts during this time had on chemical discoveries. Topics will include but are not limited to: explosives, chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, military medicine, and chemical/biological weapons detection.

This course is currently being offered as a Special Topics course and will be offered in future Spring semesters.  In addition to this, we would like this course to fulfill a GEP-IP requirement to encourage CH majors (and other majors that require CH 223) to consider taking more courses in HIS and other Humanities Departments by illustrating the obvious impacts that each have on the other.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
1. Describe and assess the relationship between chemistry and military history, with particular emphasis on discoveries and conflicts since 1900.
 
 
Presentation - For this assignment, students will be asked to select a chemical discovery, specific molecule, or analytical process that affected one of the conflicts discussed in class. Using resources from the primary literature, the presentation will focus on 1) the cultural or economic or wartime pressures that led to the discovery, 2) the initial impact that the discovery had on a wartime conflict post-1900, and 3) the current applications of the discovery.
 
 
2. Identify examples in which military decisions and strategies took advantage of or ignored recommendations by chemists.
 
 
Participation - Prior to some lectures, students will be given transcripts from speeches given by chemists or military leaders. Upon reading, students will discuss the perspectives from the scientific and military communities and identify similarities and differences between the two.
Test - Sample question: Mustard gas was used by the Germans in WWI to attack Allied artillery. Considering that the gas attack does not damage the artillery itself, what was the tactical advantage of this plan?
 
 
6. Synthesize a timeline of events from 1900-present that illustrates scientific and societal milestones in order to better appreciate the resources available to and decisions made by scientists during war.
 
 
Project - The timeline project will ask that students to create a timeline that covers significant chemical, military, and societal events/milestones from 1900 to the present day. This project requires students to consider that the timeline of historic events, especially from the context of military conflict has been affected by scientific discoveries. By also recognizing societal milestones, students will gain an appreciation for the resources available to scientists and the limitations on science during the conflicts discussed in this course.
 
 
Chemistry and History
 
 
Through the project and presentation, students are required to think about the impact that chemistry had on the military outcomes described as well as how the military conflicts themselves affected the process of chemical discovery. By utilizing specific military conflicts and even specific battles, these connections will be clearly illustrated. In addition to this, guest lectures on the military conflicts provide students with context, specific knowledge and experiences related to the events described in this course.
Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
50%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
In order to provide an interdisciplinary group of students, while not excluding Chemistry majors, this course will have 7 or 8 of the seats reserved for CH majors.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Pre-requisite: CH 223 or CH 227
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
Competency in organic chemistry which will be met by the course pre-requisites.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See syllabus
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
See syllabus
No new resources will be needed for this course.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and assess the relationship between chemistry and war, with particular emphasis on discoveries and conflicts since 1900.


2. Identify examples in which military decisions and strategies took advantage of or ignored recommendations by chemists.


3. Apply previous knowledge from organic chemistry to chemical warfare, chemical explosives, and wartime medicine.


4. Analyze the structural and thermodynamic properties of various chemical and nuclear explosives.


5. Investigate counterterrorist detection techniques for explosives and chemical/biological warfare.


6. Synthesize a timeline of events from 1900-present that illustrates scientific and societal milestones in order to better appreciate the resources available to and decisions made by scientists during war.


7. Examine the ethical dilemmas facing all chemists during war, specifically how chemists during a time of conflict justified the use of scientific discoveries for war efforts.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test25%Exam 1
Test25%Exam 2
Participation10%See syllabus for details
Project20%See syllabus for details
presentation20%See syllabus for details
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus

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