Session S20 (Monday, 9:30am, Wartik 105)

P136: Chemistry focus in the NEXUS Project: General chemistry and organic chemistry curriculum revision for the biological sciences

Marc Loudon, Christine Hrycyna (Purdue University, USA)

We will discuss the Purdue approach for revising the general chemistry and organic chemistry offerings within the framework of the HHMI–NEXUS Experiment project. The Purdue model is a 1–2–1 semester model for general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. This plan has been actively implemented for pre-pharmacy students, with the expectation that it will also be implemented for qualified pre-medical and biological science students in the near future. Although the component courses have retained their traditional names for administrative convenience, there is considerable integration across this curriculum. We will discuss the general chemistry/organic chemistry sequence, in which we have taken the approach of developing specific modules for areas that have not necessarily been available in traditional courses and textbooks. The challenges for implementation and assessment are important, and these will be discussed.

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