Study Abroad: Chemistry & Global Issues

Many students pursuing STEM or health-related careers find it challenging to engage in study abroad experiences. This is due, in part, to the rigid class schedules often associated with the STEM curriculum. In 2014 the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recognized this challenge and responded in a unique fashion. CH418 is a Chemistry and Global issues course and is open to any student who has completed at least 4 credit hours in chemistry at the 300-level or above. The course focuses on a relevant and exciting global issue (sustainability, food, natural products, warfare, conservation) and incorporates a required short-term study abroad experience. We cover content during the semester and research, discuss, and read about the issue being studied using chemistry as a lens. When we travel, we visit sites that are specific to the theme that allow us to engage with people. Below are a list of past courses offered along with potential upcoming themes and study abroad destinations (subject to change). Where will Chemistry take you while you are at Butler?