Sandra M Banks

Sandra Banks
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Director of Mills Post-Bac Pre-Medical Program
NSB 125

Professional Interests: Chemical education, organic chemistry-spectroscopy and organic chemistry reaction mechanisms


At Mills Since 1984


Sandra Banks is director of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program. She primarily teaches General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and is a co-author of the lab manuals for Organic Chemistry and Hellman Chemistry used at Mills. Known for excellence in teaching, Sandra received the ASMC Teaching Award. Most recently Sandra has been involved in development of innovative teaching methods, including usage of “flipped classroom” and the Mills iPad initiative. In the Fall of 2018, Sandra worked on a project on teaching Problem Solving in STEM supported by a grant from Carnegie-Melon.


  • BS, Western Washington University
  • MS, University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2020

Days Times Room
T 1:30 pm–2:30 pm NSB 125

Spring 2021 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MWF9:00 am-9:50 amOrganic Chemistry II with Lab
  Applied Organic Chem with lab
W12:00 pm-12:50 pmPre-Med Prof Development

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 018: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 105: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 107: Accelerated Organic Chemistry with laboratory
  • CHEM 108: Applied Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • NASC 080A: Problem Solving Methods for the Sciences
  • NASC 200: Pre-Medical Professional Development
  • NASC 280B: Post-Bac Pre-Med Professional Development Seminar