Chemistry at GGC is proud of our teaching!  Below are some teaching pedagogies currently used in chemistry at GGC.

  • Small class sizes (max of 24 per class) allow faculty to know each student and meet their needs at their various levels of preparedness.
  • Students have the same professor teaching class and lab.
  • Innovative labs – chemistry faculty write their own labs.
  • Labs are research based where students carry out a project over the course of several weeks.
  • Flexible teaching pedagogies across course sections
    • Thayer Method
    • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
    • Specs grading
  • State of the art instrumentation is used in teaching and research
    • This link shows an example of Dr. Tsoi demonstrating how to find melting point using an instrument that is commonly used in Organic Chemistry lab: MelTemp Demonstration


Student success initiatives

  • High engagement active learning practices in the classroom with decreased focus on lecturing. This is the standard practice in all courses!!!
  • Peer Supplemental Instruction: CHEM 1211K, 1212K, 2211K (PSI Video Link)
  • Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on reducing DFW rates in CHEM 1211K/1212K
  • Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs): CHEM 1211K, 1212K, 2212K, 3000K, 4100K
    • This link shows a video of Dr. Mallia and a student talking about an Organic Chemistry CURE project: CURE Video
  • Development of working groups for multi-section courses
  • Academic Enhancement Center: CHEM 1151K, 1152K, 1211K, 1212K, 2211K, 2212K
  • Interdisciplinary initiatives: CHEM 1212K with BIOL 1107K, CHEM 1211K/1212K with PHYS 1111K/1112K


Faculty Teaching statistics

Chemistry discipline consists of 39 full-time faculty and 16 part-time faculty

Program student/faculty ratio: 4.1/1