Nov 23, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
    
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 202 - Molecules and Making America

4 credits
Chemistry in U.S. History is an interdisciplinary team-taught U.S. history survey that examines significant chemical processes in the context of contemporaneous social, economic, and political developments. For example, for the colonial period students will explore how potash (KOH) production and New England’s role as the world’s leading rum (C2H5OH + R-COOH + esters) manufacturer were linked to frontier settlement, the early Atlantic economy, and slave-based agriculture. A partial listing of other periods and processes covered includes the Revolutionary era and gunpowder manufacturing; the mid-1800s and early photographic chemistry; the invention of celluloid, synthetic ammonia, vulcanized rubber, and metallurgical processes in the late 1800s; petroleum distillation, synthetic compounds including long-chain polymers, and pharmaceutical chemistry in the 1900s.  All of these processes, and more besides, were instrumental in shaping the U.S. economy, society, environment, and culture. The course is designed to be accessible to humanities and science students alike.  Prerequisites are either CHEM 150  or CHEM 151 , or HIST 101  or HIST 102  or a score of 4 or 5 on the respective AP exams. CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Breadth/Natural Science.



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