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CHEM 101 - Introductory Chemistry I

Science Perspective

This course is designed to meet the needs of science majors with an interest in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or environmental science and students with an interest in the health professions. It will introduce students to fundamental chemical concepts dealing with the structure, bonding, and reactivity of molecules. Major topics include thermochemistry, ideal gas theory, chemical periodicity, and bonding and geometry of molecules. The laboratory sections introduce students to the techniques of chemical experimentation and the methods of chemical analysis needed for chemistry and other sciences. Knowledge of high-school algebra is necessary; high-school chemistry and physics are helpful, but not required. Registration includes a pre-lecture meeting time one day a week. Must register for one laboratory section.

ID 106 - Healthy Cities

Global Comparative Perspective

What makes a city a healthy place to live, work, and go to school? How does the health of a "place" affect the health of the individuals who live there? Who is responsible for the health of a city's residents? The goal of this course is to introduce students to key challenges in urban public health and to Worcester, MA as a city determined to be the "the healthiest city in New England by 2020" in Worcester, MA. Students in the course will acquire an understanding of the key concepts and methodologies from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and public health, and how they employ those tools to examine urban health problems. Students in this course will explore and engage in a wide range of topics related to healthy cities. This is an entry course to the newly established collaboration between Clark and the Worcester Division of Public Health. Students who enroll in this class will get in-depth exposure to issues related to healthy cities, rights to the city, and environmental and urban issues that can potentially impact (positively or negatively) the health of its residents. Health, here, of course will be considered as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO 1948). Students will have to critically reflect on reading material, but will also be introduced to interpreting basic health data and relating it to the urban environment in which they live. They will also get the opportunity to interact with public health professionals from the Department of Public Health, and apply through field trips what they learn in class to the real world.