MaryAnn Robak (University of California – Berkeley, US), Anne Baranger (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Michelle Douskey (University of California-Berkeley, USA)
The College of Chemistry at University of California – Berkeley has recently undertaken a multi-year project to both renovate the laboratory space and develop a new laboratory curriculum for our general chemistry courses. Our introductory chemistry non-majors course (Chem 1A) is taken by about 2100 students each year, and approximately 200 new Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Chemical Engineering majors begin our program each fall by taking Chem 4A. The goals of this project include: a) integrating sustainability and green chemistry concepts into every aspect of the curriculum, b) providing students with explicit exposure to the use of the chemical sciences to address modern societal problems involving the environment, energy, materials, and chemical biology, c) giving students choice and responsibility for the development of their chemical knowledge and skills, d) providing students hands-on experience with modern instrumental analysis in the introductory curriculum, and e) upgrading our laboratory facilities so that they support sustainable chemical practice and properly represent modern chemical sciences activities. Both our current progress towards these goals and some of our plans for further development will be presented.