P944: Preparing chemists for dynamic work environments: An interdisciplinary chemistry degree

Author: Kevin M. Bucholtz, Mercer University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Higher education is faced with the challenging problem of preparing students for their careers while developing their abilities to be well-rounded, life-long learners. At Mercer University, the Department of Chemistry offers a traditional ACS certified B.S. in Chemistry, which is grounded in a problem-based and laboratory intensive experience. For some students, this course of study does not address their desire for interdisciplinary that is becoming more common in today’s work environment. Recently, the department has started a Chemical Commerce degree that provides students with foundational knowledge in several chemical disciplines to develop technical competencies, while exposing them to courses to increase their business acumen. This approach develops students with a skill set that addresses the technical and professional needs crucial to success in the current economic climate.

P724: Identifying factors for student success in organic chemistry

Author: Kevin M. Bucholtz, Mercer University, USA

Co-Author: Mark F. Owens, Middle Tennessee State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S53

Organic Chemistry is a challenging course for many students. The cumulative nature of organic chemistry makes it imperative that students develop a solid foundation in the early material. Statistical analysis has examined multiple factors and has identified the first exam as a key indicator of success. The foundational knowledge that is established in organic chemistry relies on general chemistry topics with the ability to complete higher order thinking and visualization. These concepts are the basis of many subsequent topics. To address this material, technology enhanced approaches have been developed to increase student preparation and success on the first exam.