Q: What are the benefits of Solid GEMS?

A: Solid GEMS:

  • Reduces student attrition from first year chemistry courses, thus encouraging students to continue as science majors
  • Provides a hands-on learning approach to General Chemistry and focuses on problem-solving and development of math and analytic skills rather than rote learning
  • Assists students whose college entrance profiles suggest they may experience difficulty in traditional General Chemistry as taught at many colleges and universities

Q: When is Solid GEMS offered?

A: The Solid GEMS Chemistry Program is currently taught both during the summer and the academic year. Solid GEMS 165 is offered as an intensive, hands-on residential course during the summer. Solid GEMS Chemistry 165 and 166 are offered during the academic year.

Q. What are the activities associated with the Summer Solid GEMS Program?

A. Solid GEMS provides:

  • A maximum of 24 students per class
  • 6 student maximum per each Teaching Scholar  
  • Extended lectures: 4 lectures per week (105 minutes each per lecture)
  • Extended recitations: 3 recitations per week
  • 6 periods of office hours per week (individual tutoring)
  • Weekly hourly exams (7) plus mid-term and final
  • 9 quizzes per summer semester
  • Instant feed back of material
  • Direct relationship of chemical principles to daily life experience
  • Lecture notes, course textbook, course solution manual, additional chemistry drills, previous exams for review, goggles, scientific calculators, and molecular kits 

Q: Who should participate in the Solid GEMS experience (summer or academic year)?

A: Students who benefit from GEMS include:

  • Students who want to improve their problem solving skills and establish a stronger chemistry foundation
  • Students who were not able to take chemistry in their first university year because of math prerequisites
  • Returning students whose background in chemistry is not sufficient for success at the college level
  • Students who require additional time to assimilate the material