This course teaches the fundamental concepts of chemistry as they apply to the world around us. The impact of chemistry in the context of social, political, and economic issues is emphasized. Through the study of environmental topics such as air quality, water quality, and alternative energy sources, students develop analytical skills and the ability to assess risks and benefits. They also discover the theoretical and practical significance of chemistry, and directly experience chemical phenomena through laboratory experimentation. The course is designed for non-science majors and will satisfy the laboratory science requirement.