This course introduces the theory, principles, and practices of green and environmentally benign chemistry. Green chemistry anticipates the superiority of preventing pollution at the design stage before it begins. The principles of green chemistry will be discussed to design creative ways to reduce hazardous waste and human impact on the environment, and perform chemistry in a better way. Emphasis will be given to analysis of a chemical reaction at the molecular level or an industrial chemical process by using green chemistry metrics and finding "greener" alternatives in the context of ecological sustainability, environmental health, economic welfare, and social justice. This course does not require any previous chemistry or science background, but a strong interest in environmental issues and a desire to find solutions to ecological problems is highly recommended. Three lecture hours per week.
This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Pers Growth & Responsibility