Chemistry Boot Camp offers one year lab course in two weeks

By UW-Manitowoc

Organic Chemistry Lab Boot Camp accelerates 88 hours of laboratory instruction into 10 class sessions over a two-week period. Students earn two credits for the course.

A chemistry lab course at UW-Manitowoc fills quickly each year. A popular or required course filling quickly is very common. What's not common? The unique format of this course. Students complete a year of organic chemistry lab in just two weeks of intense study.Group of students in laboratory conducting experiments

A group of 40 students completed the boot camp class at UW-Manitowoc earlier this summer. Dr. Breeyawn Lybbert, chemistry professor at UW-Manitowoc, has been teaching the course for three years and said the majority of students taking the course are from UW-Madison where labs are at capacity and scheduling the lab course is challenging. Other students may be home in the area for summer and decide to take the course at UW-Manitowoc. It also provides the laboratory experience for students who are taking organic chemistry lecture via distance education, but do not have access to laboratory instruction.

“This model for organic chemistry lab is great because it is a fast way to get an entire year of labs done in 10 days as opposed to an 8-12 week summer course,” said Dr. Lybbert. “It is intense, but it is also a dedicated time frame to learn many techniques and skills well that otherwise would be spread out over an entire year of lab courses.”

Organic chemistry lab is a required course for many chemistry majors, science majors and pre-professional majors in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and chiropractic. Two sessions of the course were offered at UW-Manitowoc.

Other UW Colleges campuses also offered the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Boot Camp including UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha through their continuing education offices. The course will be offered again in late spring 2018.


Suzanne Lawrence