Teaching Honors Introductory Chemistry at Queensborough Community College
By Dr. Dominic O. Hull, Lecture, Chemistry Department
As member of the chemistry department at Queensborough Community College I have had the pleasure to teach Honors Introductory College Chemistry (CH-127) for the past three semesters. The honors students who have participated in my course have displayed a great deal of enthusiasm for chemistry. The students, in general, are very hard working, inquisitive and attentive to the material being covered in class. The students routinely engaged me with thoughtful questions about the chemical concepts being covered and showed a general thirst for new information. As part of their honors course work, the students were required to select topics in chemistry, generate abstracts, put together and deliver presentations. With each passing semester I continue to be very impressed by the effort the students put into selecting topics and generating presentations. Through these types of honors courses I feel that the students get an even great appreciation for the subject matter as compared to a traditional course. As professor seeing students new to chemistry making a diligent effort to discuss chemical concepts, and endeavor to give presentation in front of classmates has been very fulfilling. I believe that the honors course experience is rewarding for both student and professor alike.