University of Texas at Austin                Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Curriculum

instructors_classThe two semesters of the dual-credit course correspond to the two University of Texas at Austin courses designated as CH 304K and CH 305 and entitled Chemistry in Context I and Chemistry in Context II, respectively. These two courses are generally taken by non-science majors, and correspond to 1305 and 1307 in the Texas Common Course Numbering system. Participating students are enrolled in the two University of Texas at Austin courses through the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education. Although the high school students complete their coursework via the internet, these courses cover the same material, and the students are held to the same academic standards, as if they were taking the courses on campus in Austin.

The UT-Austin course instructor creates course content, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes and exams. State guidelines require that students spend 40% of their classroom time doing lab experiments. Participating high school teachers create the lab experiences that complement the ChemBridge curriculum.

Course Descriptions

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2012:

  • CH 304K. Chemistry in Context I. Designed for non-science majors. Chemistry 304K and 305 form a two-semester sequence designed to fulfill the science requirement for students not majoring in science or engineering. Issues of contemporary interest and importance, such as ozone depletion and global warming, motivate the discussion; the underlying chemistry is developed as needed. Social, political, economic, and ethical implications of scientific developments and science policy are considered. Chemistry 304K addresses the nature of matter, energy, chemical reactions, and chemical thermodynamics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward any chemistry or biochemistry degree. May not be counted by students who have earned a grade of C- or better in Chemistry 301. Not intended as preparation for Chemistry 301.
  • CH 305. Chemistry in Context II.┬áDesigned for non-science majors Chemistry 304K and 305 form a two-semester sequence designed to fulfill the science requirement for students not majoring in science or engineering. Chemistry 305 addresses water chemistry, acids and bases, elementary organic chemistry, polymers, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, and genetics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward any chemistry or biochemistry degree. May not be counted by students who have earned a grade of C- or better in Chemistry 302. Prerequisite: Chemistry 301 or 304K.
  • If credit for CH 304K and CH 305 were to be transferred to another institution, the TCCN numbers CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1307 should be used.
  • The same textbook is used for both courses: Chemistry in Context, 7th Edition, American Chemical Society, McGraw-Hill Higher Education (2012).

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)