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NSCI 620 - Chemistry for Science Educators

  • 3 credits

Theoretical and experimental chemistry for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on water chemistry.

Admission to the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program.

Important Information

Lab kits are essential to the learning experience of this course. To assure you receive your lab kit via mail in time for the beginning of the course, please register early.

International students, please register at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student and attempting to register within 6 weeks of the course start date, please contact Karina Hassell at for further instructions.


Alan K. Van Orden
Alan K. Van Orden

9704916286 | Alan.Van_Orden@ColoState.EDU

Professor Van Orden was born in Champaigne, Illinois and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. After graduating from high school in 1984, he attended Idaho State University for one year, and then transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1990. He attended graduate school in the Chemistry Department at the University of California-Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1996. This was followed by a three year stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

In 1999, Professor Van Orden joined the Chemistry faculty of Colorado State University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Physical, Analytical, and General Chemistry. He also supervises a group of student research scientists who specialize in applying the techniques of Physical and Analytical Chemistry to the study of biological molecules and nanometer sized semiconductor particles. Professor Van Orden and his research group have published over 30 manuscripts in the scientific literature.

Raymond Chard

Raymond Chard graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in natural science and a minor in chemistry education. He then completed the Master of Natural Sciences Education program in 2013. He conducted his research experience with Dr. Alan Van Orden, developing spectroscopy lab exercises for science educators that are now part of the NSCI 630 course.

Post-graduation, Raymond Chard worked with several education startup companies focused primarily in online education. In his time outside the business world, he has taught at the secondary and collegiate level, with courses spanning earth system science, environmental science, and chemistry. Raymond joined the M.N.S.E. faculty in 2016. He feels fortunate to have the opportunity to do what he loves — help other educators along their journey to professional excellence.