Session S43 (Tuesday, 9:30am, Life Sciences 013)

P404: The increasingly multidisciplinary nature of chemistry.

Joseph Francisco (Purdue University, USA)

As the central science, chemistry touches on many other fields.  In recognition of this, as the Committee on Professional Training developed the 2008 guidelines we aimed to provide additional curricular flexibility that will enable students to gain both a solid foundation in chemistry as well as the possibility for them to focus on a specific area.  These might include materials, environmental or biological chemistry.  In this talk, we discuss how the multidisciplinary nature of chemistry is evolving and the challenges it generated as undergraduate programs move to address this breadth while providing students’ with a solid background in the fundamentals.

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