This class was tough.
I wouldn't recommend this class unless you are very into chemistry as well as the environment. There was a lot of information about biofuels and alternatives to plastic which was pretty boring to me. Also, I learn better in smaller classes and this one was in the largest lecture hall at the UO. Very distracting!
The only thing I recall as interesting from this class is learning about the reuse cycle and that using plastic grocery bags isn't really as bad as people make it to be because paper bags take more energy to make. Otherwise, than that, you learn way a lot about the benefits and drawbacks of various kinds of products depending on what they are made out of. Syllabus Description: This course will cover sustainability from a chemistry perspective. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Chemists play a central role in developing the knowledge and tools for society to not only meet our basic needs for energy, clean water, and food but to address the grand challenges of protecting human health and the environment. This course will illustrate how basic chemical concepts including atomic structure, bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular forces and reactivity are being applied to address important issues such as renewable energy and global warming and to create innovative materials and chemical processes important for the development of consumer products. Sustainability is an interdisciplinary activity and this course will address how life cycle assessment and the principles of green chemistry are being used to provide a platform for a collaborative approach to sustainability.
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Advice for students:
Sit at the front of the class so it's not so easy to get distracted by the bored students in the back. Taking good notes will be important.