The Role of Energy in Chemistry and Molecular Biology

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Kathryn P. Kohn, Melanie M. Cooper

It is common for undergraduate students to take their introductory coursework in chemistry and molecular biology concurrently and the strong connection between the disciplines suggests that doing so could be productive for students. To better understand how students perceive connections between the disciplines and whether those connections are useful for their coursework, we conducted 14 semi-structured interviews with students who were currently finishing both cell and molecular biology and their general chemistry course sequence. During the interviews students were asked to identify and discuss big ideas and to consider two themes that span the courses (the role of energy and the relationship between structure, properties, and function). Focusing primarily on energy, student-identified connections and conflicts between the courses will be discussed.

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