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Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2011 Mar-Apr;39(2):110-6. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20465.

An approach to teaching general chemistry II that highlights the interdisciplinary nature of science.

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Department of Chemistry, Winthrop University, Rock Hill South Carolina 29733, USA. sumtert@winthrop.edu

Abstract

The need for a revised curriculum within the life sciences has been well-established. One strategy to improve student preparation in the life sciences is to redesign introductory courses like biology, chemistry, and physics so that they better reflect their disciplinary interdependence. We describe a medically relevant, context-based approach to teaching second semester general chemistry that demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of biology and chemistry. Our innovative method provides a model in which disciplinary barriers are diminished early in the undergraduate science curriculum. The course is divided into three principle educational modules: 1) Fundamentals of General Chemistry, 2) Medical Approaches to Inflammation, and 3) Neuroscience as a connector of chemistry, biology, and psychology. We accurately anticipated that this modified approach to teaching general chemistry would enhance student interest in chemistry and bridge the perceived gaps between biology and chemistry. The course serves as a template for context-based, interdisciplinary teaching that lays the foundation needed to train 21st century scientists.

PMID:
21445902
PMCID:
PMC4049001
DOI:
10.1002/bmb.20465
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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