Introduction to the Physical and Chemical Basis of Everyday Life
San José, Costa Rica
Area of Study
Chemistry, Environmental Sustainability
Taught In English
This course is intended for students with the basic high-school scientific background, but those with additional chemistry and physics knowledge will also find it appropriate.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This course is designed for students of non-scientific fields that strive to understand the chemical and physical (PChem) basis of everyday life. The course concentrates on simple but important aspects of modern day societies, such as X rays and CAT scans, the production and utilization of gasoline and polymers, the chemical fate and impact of chemicals on the environment and a variety of technical and scientific aspects related to human life concerns. All scientific and technical issues are studied through a question/answer approach. Class demonstrations and field trips are included to illustrate specific subjects.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations