Our vision for green chemistry education is to make the principles and practices of green chemistry second nature to chemists, chemical engineers, environmental health scientists, policy makers, innovators, business leaders, educators and the public. We are designing curricula to teach society's future leaders to think critically about new technologies. Building on innovation in chemistry education developed at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad, we are creating interdisciplinary curricula that can be readily adopted by educators throughout California and the nation. At the undergraduate level we are designing new laboratory curriculum to ensure that chemistry students can:
- Identify, evaluate, and minimize the use of hazardous chemicals;
- Understand the origins and the fate of chemicals in the environment;
- Design safer and more efficient chemical reactions and processes;
- Gather data and effectively use both qualitative and quantitative metrics; and
- Communicate scientific data and concepts to both experts and the general public.
At the graduate level, we are engaging students from across the Berkeley campus in collaborative learning and research. Two semesters of new course modules will introduce the fundamentals of green chemistry to multiple disciplines. These courses, along with cross-disciplinary research advising and research fellowships, will form the basis from a campus graduate group with the capacity to grant degrees in green chemistry.
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BCGC Class Schedule:
- Greener Solutions (Currently Offered)- This course partners teams of students with local businesses, non-profits or government agencies to advance green chemistry solutions.
- Green Chemistry Lab (Ongoing)- These Green Chemistry Labs will be offered to introductory Chemistry students and will be centered around the principles of Green chemistry.
- Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability (Offered Spring 2013)- This course takes speakers from several different departments who all share their perspective in relation to Sustainability and Green Chemistry.
- Engineering and Health Impact Methods in Green Design (Not Specified)- This course dissects how principles of environmental health can be used to make materials, products and manufacturing processes safer for workers, consumers and the environment.
- Ethics and Decision-Making in Green Product Design (Not Specified)- This course explores the ethical, social, political, legal, and business issues raised by the transition to a green chemistry economy.
- The Basics of Toxicology for Green Molecular Design (Not Specified)- This course teaches how to apply the fundamental principles of molecular toxicology and to use tools that help chemists identify and design safer chemicals.
- Green Chemistry and Sustainable Design Seminar (Offered this Fall and every Fall)- This course discusses the advancement of Green Chemistry and sustainable design.