Course Catalog

Chemistry for Non-Chemists: The Basics, Language, and Function of Chemistry

This course empowers you with the essential knowledge to be able to effectively communicate and think like a chemist. No longer will you cringe when you hear the word chemistry, or when someone says, “everything is chemistry.” This course will provide you with a unique set of activities to help transform your application of scientific principles in your everyday interactions at home for healthy living and in the work place for informed decision-making.

Module 1: Classifying Matter / Separation of a Mixture
Module 2: The Periodic Table / Atomic Structure
Module 3: Chemical Bonding
Module 4: Chemical Equations
Module 5: Balancing Equations and Analytical Techniques
Module 6: Scientific Method and  General Safety

Course Details

Key Topics

• Classification of Matter
• Separation of a Mixture
• The Periodic Table
• Atomic Structure
• Properties of Chemical Bonds
• Types of Chemical Bonds
• Chemical Analysis: Spectroscopy & Analytical Techniques
• Molecular Shapes
• Polarity


This time-tested, but recently updated course is designed to give non chemists, and chemists in need of review, an understanding of basic and fundamental chemical principles. The essential, overarching themes of chemistry will be explored through the use of modern contextual examples.

Who Should Attend

Anyone that serves in a predominantly chemistry-driven work environment, but lacks a degree in chemistry or wants to improve his/her ability to communicate and think like a chemist in his/her work place.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Describe what you see (macroscopic)with chemical language (microscopic & sub-microscopic)
• Design ways you can separate a mixture into its components by manipulating physical and chemical properties
• Use the Periodic Table to support decision-making
• Differentiate between chemical elements using subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons)
• Identify an unlabeled chemical using its chemical & physical properties
• Explain how type of chemical bond governs behavior of a compound
• Identify elements and chemicals using “light”
• Utilize practical applications of radiation/radioactivity
• Connect molecular shape to function or use
• Rationalize physical phenomena using polarity
• Justify properties of polymer using organic chemistry
• Analyze MSDS/SDS to make informed decisions


  • Module 1: Classifying Matter / Separation of a Mixture – Day 1, 8AM–10AM
  • Module 2: The Periodic Table / Atomic Structure – Day 1, 10AM–12PM
  • Module 3: Properties of Bonds / Forming Chemical Bonds – Day 1, 1PM–3PM
  • Module 4: Chemical Identity: Spectroscopy / Radioactivity & Dating – Day 1, 3PM–5PM
  • Module 5: Molecular Shape / Polarity – Day 2, 8AM–10AM
  • Module 6: Organic & Polymer Chemistry / Safe Handling, Use & Storage – Day 2, 10AM–12PM

Course Locations


August 22 - 23, 2017

Check-in opens at 7:30am on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30am to 5pm on day 1

Course runs from 8:30am to 12pm on day 2

Attendance at scheduled class times is required.

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1100 Vermont Avenue, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Attendance at scheduled class times is required.

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