Ariel O'Brien

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Honors Thesis


The Advanced Chemical Technologies (ACT) Program led by Dr. Kevin A. Schug and Dr. Frank W. Foss Jr. proposes an innovative approach to achieving a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry and Biochemistry for students at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). By quantifying the effects of the inclusion of research methods and problem/inquiry-based learning in the programs first semester General Chemistry laboratory through analysis of student test scores and survey responses, it can be concluded that the ACT program can be projected to achieve the goals of increased retention of students who major in Chemistry and Biochemistry by increasing comprehension and evolving student views on the nature of science through a community-based learning approach.

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