Compiled List of Curricular Reforms

The following is the latest list of curricular reforms, covering 13 departments.  Each college or university identified the changes that were made, the intended audience of students that take the new course sequence, and the new course sequence(s) themselves.  Course numbers are provided to allow further research into the content and strategies for each course.

Last update:  May 23, 2018

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College of St. Benedict / St. John’s University  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organized based on principles of structure, reactivity, and quantitation All students
  • Introduction to chemical structures and properties (CHEM 125)
  • Introduction to chemical reactivity I (CHEM 250)
  • Chemical Reactivity 2 (CHEM 251)
  • Advanced Reactivity (CHEM 315)
  • Macroscopic Analysis (CHEM 255)
  • Microscopic Analysis (CHEM 318)
Notes:  CHEM 315 and 318 not required for non-chemistry majors or minors
Changes funded by NSF’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
Reference:  J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 321.

 


Furman University  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Second course in organic sequence is a dedicated course in bio-organic chemistry All students
  • Foundations of Chemistry (CHM-110)
  • Kinetics, Thermodynamics and the Environment (CHM-115)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHM-120)
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry (CHM-220)
Notes:  J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1169.

 


Haverford College  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organized based on themes All students
  • Chemical structure and bonding (CHEM 111)
  • Chemical dynamics (CHEM 112)
  • Organic Biological Chemistry (CHEM 222)
  • Organic Reactions and Synthesis (CHEM 225)
Notes:  CHEM 225 not required for non-chemistry majors
CHEM 111 available with inquiry lab for advanced students
CHEM 111 and 112 available as intensive versions for inexperienced students

 


Oberlin College  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Increase flexibility of first year introductory courses, second course in organic sequence can be bio-organic chemistry, organic synthesis, or both All students
  • Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry (CHEM 101)
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 102)
  • Principles of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 205)
  • Bioorganic Chemistry (CHEM 254)
  • Organic Mechanism and Synthesis (CHEM 254)
Notes:  CHEM 101 and 102 are broken down into smaller, 40-student sections that each focus on a different subset of applications, such as
life science, forensic chemistry, or environmental chemistry.  A one-semester course, CHEM 103, is offered for advanced students in place
of both CHEM 101 and 102.

 


Purdue University (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Focus tightly on information relevant for biological sciences Biology majors and non-chemistry majors concentrating on careers in health care
  • General Chemistry with a Biological Focus (CHM 12901)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM 25500)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHM 25600)
  • Principles of Biochemistry (CHM 33300)
Notes:  These courses form a parallel track to a more intensive course sequence for majors.
These courses were developed as part of the HHMI NEXUS program.

 


Ripon College (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organic Chemistry I is taught first, followed by a more general introductory course called Structure and Reactivity. All students.
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Structure and Reactivity (CHM 112)
  • Analytical Chemistry: Equilibrium and
    Quantitative Analysis (CHM 211)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHM 214)
Notes:  Ripon college has had an “organic first” curriculum for over 40 years.  Structure and Reactivity
and Analytical Chemistry courses draw on organic and biological examples.

 


St. Olaf College (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Integrated biology/chemistry first-year sequence Students with a strong interest in both biology and chemistry, and their interface
  • Chemical Concepts with Biological Applications
    (Integrated Chem/Bio I 125)
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics with Bio Relevance
    (Integrated Chem/Bio II 126)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (Integrated Chem/Bio III 227)
Notes:  This sequence involves a cohort of 40-50 students per year which make up an “Integrated Introduction to Chemistry and Biology”
learning community.  Funding for course development provided by HHMI.  Reference: J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1257.

 


Stony Brook University  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Integrating concepts from throughout chemistry Advanced students
  • Molecular Sciences I (CHE 152)
  • Molecular Sciences II (CHE 331)
  • Molecular Sciences III (CHE 332)
Notes:  Advanced students are provided with a sophisticated, integrated view of chemistry.

 


Tufts University  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Refocus on key topics and accelerate entry into biochemistry All students
  • Chemical Fundamentals (CHEM 1)
  • Chemical Principles (CHEM 2)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 51)
Notes:  Three-semester sequence prepares students for graduate-level Biochemistry course (CHEM171) and/or Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 52)
in spring of second year.  Intensive versions of CHEM 1 and 2 (CHEM 11/12) offered for advanced students.

 


University of Michigan (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organic chemistry is taught first, no formal general chemistry courses. All majors.
  • Structure & Reactivity I (CHEM 210)
  • Structure & Reactivity II (CHEM 215)
  • Chemical Principles (CHEM 260)
  • Chemical Analysis (CHEM 241)
Notes:  U. Michigan has taught organic first since 1989. CHEM260 focuses on physical principles of chemistry.  Peer-led
supplemental instruction options for science-motivated students are offered in CHEM 210, 215 and 260, and an integrated
lecture/lab version of CHEM 215 is also offered.  J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 84.

 


University of Minnesota, Rochester (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organic chemistry is taught first.  Emphasis on structure/reactivity principles. Health sciences majors
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 1231)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 2231)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 2331)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 2333)
Notes:  CHEM 2231 and CHEM2333 are not required for Health Sciences majors, but are required for students bound for medical
or graduate school.

 


University of Richmond  (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
1-2-1 curriculum All students
  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 141)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 205)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 206)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 317)
Notes:  The Integrated Quantitative Science program and Science, Math and Research Training program are year-long, inquiry-based courses
offered to first-year students in place of Introductory Chemistry.  Admission for these two programs is by application.

 


University of Wisconsin, River Falls (course descriptions)


Changes made Intended audience New course sequence
Organic chemistry is taught first. All Chemistry and Biology majors and minor
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (Chem 130)
  • Foundations of Organic Chemistry (Chem 233)
  • Principles of General Chemistry (Chem 240)
Notes:  Funding provided by NSF CCLI.

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