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Chemistry & Biochemistry


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Texas State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is student-focused and committed to excellence in education and research. We serve the general Texas State student population through core freshman and sophomore chemistry courses and offer American Chemical Society certified degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The curriculum provides fundamental and advanced knowledge in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, extensive laboratory experience, and critical thinking skills. The diverse interests of our faculty offer a wide array of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research. Our graduates have advanced to professional industrial positions or graduate/professional programs. More information on our degrees can be found here.
 
As a part of the University’s initiative to increase participation of underrepresented groups, faculty have instituted a number of programs to cultivate interest in science from an early age. Current programs include:

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Upcoming Events and Seminars

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Dr. Vickie Williamson Seminar

Oct 03, 3:30PM 4:30PM
Location:
Chemistry Building (CHEM); Room 100
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Todd Hudnall, 512-245-4443
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Vickie M. Williamson

Instructional Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Texas A&M University

Teaching Chemistry with Visualizations: Research and Techniques

Visualization techniques for the chemistry classroom have been investigated in the research literature, but these techniques are often perceived as difficult, confusing, or expensive to implement by instructors. Visualization techniques can involve the use of physical models, role-playing, fixed computer models, student-generated visualizations, animations, and simulations. The use of visualizations in the classroom is believed to promote the formation of mental models of particle behavior, thus increasing students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry concepts. Visualizations can be used individually, sequentially, or simultaneously. When used sequentially, the order of use must be considered, while simultaneous use requires consideration of the design features of the visualizations and where the students focus. Another consideration is how the visualizations interact with various student attributes, such as spatial abilities, which can moderate how students comprehend visualizations. The goal of the presentation is to present research findings and classroom implications in order to promote a smooth implementation of visualizations into the classroom.

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