Course Number: SCM 221 Course Title: Chemistry


Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D. 774-287-9171


This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of chemistry lab techniques. After completing the course, students will have enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in daily life.



Please note: The labs are self-paced each week, but you will need to spend at least three hours to complete the work.

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Virtual Labs: The online laboratory exercises are designed for this course by Online Chem Labs, produced by Oregon State University and used in their online chemistry program for non-majors. A link will be provided in Populi to purchase the virtual labs. The lab fee is $24. You can pay directly with PayPal or a credit card.

Videos: I will post video presentations to help you work through the labs, and you may email me for additional instruction.



Online Chem Labs, produced by Oregon State University, for this course.

Videos, links provided in lessons.


Jaki, Stanley L. A Late Awakening and Other Essays. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. Numbers Decide and Other Essays. Pinckney, MI: Real View Books, 2003.

—. Questions on Science and Religion. Pinckney, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1986.

—. Science and Religion: A Primer. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. The Absolute Beneath the Relative and other Essays. Lantham: University of America Press, 1988.

—. The Drama of Quantities. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2005.

—. The Relevance of Physics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.

—. The Road of Science and the Ways to God: The Gifford Lectures 1975 and 1976. Chicago, Edinburgh: University of Chicago Press, Scottish Academic Press, 1978.

—. The Savior of Science. Grand Rapids, MI: William. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Trasancos, Stacy A., Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley

L. Jaki, Chimham Publishing, 2014.


Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at


A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59

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Grading Rubrics for Lab Reports CONTENT

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

No understanding

Answer shows no knowledge of the concepts addressed in the question.

Wrong understanding

Answer shows misunderstanding of the concepts addressed in the question through an inability to explain them.

Some understanding

Answer shows adequate understanding of the concepts addressed in the question.

Solid understanding

Answer shows understanding of the concepts addressed in the question and uses that understanding effectively in an example.

Insightful understanding

Answers shows understanding of the concepts addressed in the question, uses that understanding in an example which makes a connection to other concepts.


1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Incomplete, fails to address topic

Writing does not address the topic at all, is confused, insufficient, and unacceptable.

Unclear, poorly organized

Writing barely addresses topic, goes off-topic, is poorly developed with little elaboration; errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Acceptable, needs sharpening

Writing is unevenly addresses topic, is satisfactorily organized; could use more vigor; errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Solid, interesting perspective

Writing adequately addresses topic, is persuasively organized, uses reasons and examples, few errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Command, makes clear impression

Writing thoroughly addresses topic, is concise, cogent, and insightful; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage.


Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at or 860- 632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.


Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person's ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.


Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.


An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re- enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. "Approval" should be understood as the professor responding to the student's email in favor of granting the "Incomplete" status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade

(I) automatically turns into the grade of "F" if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A "W (Withdrawal) will appear on the student's permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A "WF" (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student's permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.


I earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadfield Science from East Texas State University, a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University and a master’s degree in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. I worked as research chemist for DuPont before leaving to raise a family in 2003.

I have contributed to numerous Christian publications, including National Catholic Register, U.S. Catholic, St. Austin’s Review, Catholic World Report, Biologos, and others. I am frequent guest on Catholic radio, including SiriusXM The Catholic Channel, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Global Catholic Network, and I have been interviewed for television programs, Mysteries of the Church on NET TV in New York and Subject Matters for Salt and Light TV in Toronto.

I teach a “Theology of Science” at Seton Hall University, and I teach chemistry and “Reading Science in the Light of Faith” at Holy Apostles. I also teach chemistry and physics online classes for Kolbe Academy. I am the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki (Chimham Publishing) and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science (Ave Maria Press). Please visit my website here for more information.