The Harker Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory was designed for interdisciplinary integration of research and education. In anticipation of the completion of this building for the fall 2013 semester, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education grant funded planning for establishing an integrated first-year Biology and Chemistry course based on PBL. Setting up this course involved many challenges including different departmental cultures, faculty independence, and the deciding what “integration” means in this context. Now in its third year, the integrated course uses PBL and continues to evolve towards removing the disciplinary boundaries students often encounter.
David Usher, Biological Sciences, University of Delaware