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Student Learning Objectives

HE Student Learning Objectives

The Green Chemistry Student Learning Objectives are at the core of the Green Chemistry Commitment. Despite the differences at each higher education institution, there are some common objectives that institutions can agree are important for implementation within chemistry programs.

The Green Chemistry Student Learning Objectives were developed by the Commitment faculty Advisory Board and represent the aspects of green chemistry knowledge and skills that should be adopted in chemistry programs today. The Objectives will be reviewed by the Advisory Board on a periodic basis and updated as appropriate.

As a signer of the Green Chemistry Commitment, your department agrees to work towards adopting the Student Learning Objectives in your own unique way. Each institution will adopt the objectives differently, and through different timelines.

Upon graduation, we believe all chemistry majors should have proficiency in the following essential green chemistry competencies:

Theory: Have a working knowledge of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry.

Toxicology: Have an understanding of the principles of toxicology, the molecular mechanisms of how chemicals affect human health and the environment, and the resources to identify and assess molecular hazards.

Laboratory Skills: Possess the ability to assess chemical products and processes and design greener alternatives when appropriate.

Application: Be prepared to serve society in their professional capacity as scientists and professionals through the articulation, evaluation, and employment of methods and chemicals that are benign for human health and the environment.

The Green Chemistry Student Learning Objectives can be carried out through a number of different formats including, but not limited to:

Revision of existing departmental curriculum:

  • Embed green chemistry throughout chemistry courses
  • Include green chemistry exercises throughout laboratory courses
  • Incorporate green chemistry principles into research projects and programs
  • Build toxicology and environmental health science modules into existing chemistry courses

Creation of new departmental curriculum:

  • Develop new courses dedicated to green chemistry for chemistry majors
  • Design toxicology and environmental health science courses for chemistry majors
  • Develop a seminar series on green chemistry and/or toxicology for chemistry majors

Utilization of other institutional or external resources:

  • Encourage students to take elective courses in toxicology and/or environmental health sciences from other departments or institutions