College of Science and Engineering


BS Chemistry

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Loertscher and Renata Everett

Faculty Editor

Katherine Frato

Student Editor

Nicole Beauvais


Systems thinking is a perspective and set of skills used to examine the dynamic complexities of an entire system and to make predictions about system behavior. Systems thinking is of interest to educators because of its unique potential to enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, therefore developing scientists who are capable of addressing many of the complex problems facing our world today. Utilizing previously published pedagogical tools, revisions and additions that promote systems thinking were made to a general chemistry laboratory unit. Through these curricular innovations, students defined systems thinking and employed many systems thinking skills throughout the laboratory unit. Students were surveyed after completing the laboratory unit, and their responses were analyzed to assess the utility of the curriculum revisions and inform subsequent revisions.