Regardless of whether nonmajors benefit from a new introductory curriculum, a curricular change will fail if it is viewed as conflicting with a program’s education of their majors.
The American Chemical Society, through their Committee on Professional Training (CPT), has proposed new standards for certified Chemistry curricula. One of the biggest changes in the guidelines is that the general chemistry courses will no longer be counted towards the major requirements.
This change will be dramatic. By prohibiting the general chemistry from counting towards the major, there is now an incentive to limit the course to one semester. Our first semester will count towards ACS requirements as “general chemistry”, the second as our organic foundation course. The second year courses will also count as foundation courses in the inorganic and analytical subfields. This reduction in general chemistry to one semester gives programs a way to reduce student credit load and increase flexibility.