Programs and Initiatives
The Certificate in Chemistry Education (CCE) is a merit-based, by-invitation-only program offered to students who have done exceptionally well in their chemistry courses. While this program may be of interest to anyone considering a future in education, particularly in the STEM fields, we encourage students of all academic and career goals to take part. Participants will not only receive formal pedagogical training, but they will also have the opportunity to apply this training to various areas of instruction.
The purpose of the Teaching Intern (TI) program is to train students to be effective peer mentors, and provide them with experience in helping students in General Chemistry. Being a good mentor requires skills such as patience, creativity, good communication, and empathy. All of these skills are essential, regardless of one’s chosen academic or career path. While teaching interns are not content experts in the same way as a professor, they are more in-tune with the needs of students.
Chem 133 - Online Preparation for Chemistry
ChemPrep is strongly recommended for all incoming undergraduate students who plan to take General Chemistry in the fall, and for advanced high school students who want to prepare for AP or Honors chemistry, improve their performance on College board subject-matter tests such as the SAT and ACT, or simply get a head start on their college studies.
Chem 161 - General Chemistry I
This course introduce students to fundamental chemical principles and their application. This course is the first-term course of a full-year General Chemistry curriculum. Topics covered in this course include states of matter, atomic structures, chemical bonding, structures and properties, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, thermodynamics, and gases. Students will also develop transferrable critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Chem 162 - General Chemistry II
This course introduce students to fundamental chemical principles and their application. This course is the second-term course of a full-year General Chemistry curriculum. Topics covered in this course include Chemical kinetics, equilibria, acids-base chemistry, entropy of reactions, and electron transfer reactions, and nuclear chemistry. Students will also develop transferrable critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Chem 163 - Honors General Chemistry I
This course introduce students to fundamental chemical principles and their application at honor’s level. This course is the first-term course of a full-year General Chemistry curriculum This course focuses on the fundamentals of chemistry from a scientific research perspective. The course is intended to train students going on to take higher-level chemistry courses such as organic or physical chemistry, or to major in chemistry or a related field in science, engineering, pharmacy or medicine. Topics covered in this course include states of matter, atomic structures, chemical bonding, structures and properties, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, thermodynamics, and gases A goal of the course is to develop a deep understanding of underpinning chemistry concepts in order to apply them to practical problems. Further, it is anticipated that students in this course will be able to transfer their chemistry knowledge and skills to completely new areas outside the scope of the course.
Chem 387 - Intro to Chemistry Education
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to pedagogy in the science fields, with strong emphasis on gaining experience in teaching chemistry as a teaching intern.This course is by invitation-only and is offered to students who perform well in General Chemistry. Students may enroll in this course as a part of the requirements for the Certificate in Chemistry Education Program or independently; however, priority is given to those in the CCE Program.
Chem 441/541 - Chemical Dynamics
This course will emphasize the fundamentals pertaining to dynamics in a broad sense. Topics will
include Netwon's, Hamilton's and Lagrange's equations of motion, generalized coordinates and
constraints, normal modes, extended Lagrangian's, Langevin's equation and Brownian motion, and
molecular rotation, electrostatics, molecular forces and potential energy surfaces, classical scattering
and energy transfer.
Chem 424/525 - Statistical Thermodynamics
This course will approach thermodynamics from a molecular point of view, and use the framework of statistical mechanics to make connections between microscopic states and macroscopic observables. Focus will be placed on the free energy as a fundamental driving force in Nature that determines reaction kinetics and equilibrium thermodynamic properties of chemical systems.
Chemistry and Marine Biology (Study Abroad)
This is a faculty led study abroad course that combines classroom study at Rutgers, SCUBA certification, and experiential learning during a two-week trip to Bonaire, an island that serves as a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean. The purpose of this class is to expose students of the chemistry to global environmental issues for which their training is likely to ultimately have great impact.