Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
The School of Chemistry at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala has more than 50 years of trajectory. Throughout its history, it has contributed to the resolution of numerous national problems through its various programs in the areas of research, service, and teaching.
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala is the only public university in Guatemala. This makes the School of Chemistry an institution with a high impact on the field of chemical sciences, granting access to education for minorities and less advantaged populations. We offer chemistry courses in its many disciplines to the degrees in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Biology and Nutrition.
Among our initiatives, we established a Green Chemistry Academic Community that engages students and teachers in green chemistry. We organize many seminars and training sessions for students and faculty. We firmly believe that green chemistry is a fundamental key to solving the problems in our country, which is vulnerable to climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Chemistry Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Faculty Research, Student Research, Student Chapter/Club Activities and/or Outreach
Organización de Estudiantes de Química OEQ – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://www.facebook.com/usac.oeq
ACS Student Chapter Guatemala – Universidad de San Carlos- https://www.facebook.com/ACSstudentchapterguatemala/
In the short term, we are organizing several conferences on the many axes of green chemistry and implementing green chemistry practices in our organic chemistry labs.
We are creating a stand-alone green chemistry elective course for our students. We have also implemented a research group on green chemistry and sustainable materials.
Our long-term goal is to implement sustainable and green chemistry competencies in our Chemistry degree program. We are also trying to make cooperative efforts with the national toxicology center (CIAT) in order to implement toxicology in our programs.
Books: P. Anastas, J. C. Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, 2020, Oxford University Press Recent publications on green chemistry. Many resources are translated into Spanish by our teachers and students.We are developing in-house materials based on our region and experiences. A great emphasis on renewable biostock and protection on biodiversity is encouraged.