A Texas university is being absolutely basted for offering the freshman course “Afrochemistry: The Study of Black-Life Matter,” designed to address “inequities in chemistry and chemical education.”
Rice University is offering CHEM 125 to undergraduate students during the spring 2024 semester. According to the course schedule students will receive three credits for the course and won’t have to take a final exam.
“Students will apply chemical tools and analysis to understand Black life in the U.S. and students will implement African American sensibilities to analyze chemistry,” the course stated.
“Diverse historical and contemporary scientists, intellectuals, and chemical discoveries will inform personal reflections and proposals for addressing inequities in chemistry and chemical education.”
“This course will be accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds including STEM and non-STEM disciplines. No prior knowledge of chemistry or African American studies is required for engagement in this course.”
Critics are slamming the university on social media for mixing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives with chemistry.
Author John LeFevre took to social media to call the course “wild,” adding “DEI is coming for the hard sciences at Rice University.”
Columnist John Feehery questioned, “Is African chemistry different than Asian chemistry or European chemistry? I am confused.”
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk described the course as “insane” and questioned how society got to this point.
According to U.S. News & World Report, Rice University is ranked among the country’s top 20 universities, and costs over $58,000 per semester.