Workshop Report/Summary

Chemistry coursework is part of many undergraduate degree programs, from pre-medicine to environmental science, and from biology to chemical engineering -- making effective science education an important topic to the chemistry community. Now, new Medical College Admission Test requirements may change the way chemistry is taught to pre-med students, driving a surge of interest in undergraduate chemistry education. The National Research Council's Chemical Sciences Roundtable took this opportunity to hold a public workshop that examined fundamental concerns and new developments in undergraduate chemistry teaching. Workshop speakers discussed the drivers of change in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and innovations in chemistry education being implemented within chemistry departments. Barriers, opportunities, and the realities of implementing reforms and modifications in today?s chemistry curriculum were also discussed.