Fall 2022

Chemistry in Society

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-260


Jacob H. Olshansky (Section 01)
Ren Wiscons (Section 01)


In this discussion- and project-based course, students will learn about the historical context and systemic exclusion inherent to the development of western science. Students will explore the role that chemistry has played in human society and how social structures have, in turn, influenced the field of chemistry. With this context established, students will research contemporary strategies that are or have been employed to make the field of chemistry more inclusive within classroom and research settings. Students will then execute independent projects to more deeply explore the interconnectedness between topics of identity (such as race, sex, and socioeconomic status), inclusive practices, and Chemistry within the Amherst College community or broader communities.

CHEM 260 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024