The University of California, Irvine OpenCourseWare is now offering four new courses on iTunes U.

iTunes U is a dedicated area within iTunes that gives users public access to hundreds of thousands of free lectures, videos, books, podcasts, and courses from learning institutions all over the world. With the new iTunes U app users can download content directly onto their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

“iTunes U is a powerful tool because it reaches both national and international audiences, provides self-learners with free UC-quality courses and materials, and furthers our land grant mission to increase universal access to higher education,” says Larry Cooperman director of UC Irvine’s OCW project. “Within one year, UC Irvine will make the core, undergraduate Chemistry curriculum available openly through channels such as iTunes U.”

The UC Irvine iTunes U courses are:

° “PubHlth 200: Foundations of Public Health.” This course, created by Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan, teaches participants with an overarching framework, principles, and core responsibilities of public health research, and offers the necessary foundation for advanced studies in public health.

° “Physics 20b: Introduction to Cosmology.” The course, created by Professor James Bullock, provides students with an overview of modern scientific cosmology, including discussion of stars, the Milky Way galaxy, black holes, dark matter, the big bang, and evidence for our current understanding of the universe.

° “Chem 51A: Organic Chemistry.” Students who participate in this course, created by Dr. James Nowick, will learn concepts relating to carbon compounds with an emphasis on structural theory and the nature of chemical bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopic, physical, and chemical properties of the principal classes of these compounds.

° “Chem 203: Organic Spectroscopy.” This graduate chemistry course, created by Professor James Bullock, covers organic spectroscopy, and addresses topics including mass spectrometry, ultraviolet, chiroptical, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.