“Nuclear” is a word that most people fear but very few understand and know the inner workings. This course will introduce students to the science (physics) behind the nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Once the students become familiar with how nuclear weapons and nuclear power work, we will explore their effects on society. The discussions will be centered around nuclear disasters/accidents (Chernobyl, Fukushima etc.), nuclear war (Hiroshima and Nagasaki), nuclear waste, nations with nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament etc. Students will also discuss other forms of energy and their impact on the society. A question that will be raised and discussed is: “If a nuclear bomb is dropped on Chicago, how safe are we in Valparaiso?” No prior knowledge of physics is required to take this course.