Program Objectives

Program Educational Objectives

Undergraduate Chemistry Program

Leading to B.S. and B. A. degrees

Objectives of the program:

  • Employment as a practicing chemist, or where chemical and technical knowledge and skills are beneficial
  • Entrance into a graduate program in chemistry or a related field, or
  • Entrance into a professional degree program (e.g., medicine, dentistry, law, or veterinary science).


Learning Outcomes of the program:

  • Mastery of basic and advanced chemical concepts
  • Mastery of fundamental laboratory techniques
  • Mastery of basic computer programs commonly used in scientific work
  • Proficiency in using instrumentation commonly found in modern chemistry laboratories and the ability to interpret the data obtained from these instruments
  • Proficiency in Problem Solving Skills
  • Defining problems to develop testable hypotheses
  • Designing and executing experiments so that appropriate statistical methods are used to analyze data
  • Understanding uncertainty and limitations in measurement and outcomes
  • Proficiency in Communication Skills
  • Ability to write in a style proper for reports in scientific journals and the ability to give scientific presentations of an appropriate quality
  • Writing clear proposed methods and techniques as well as results and data
  • Proficiency in Information Management Skills
  • Successfully searching and understanding chemical literature to design experiments and explain observed experimental phenomena
  • Keeping clear laboratory notebooks, properly archiving data, and labeling samples
  • Referencing appropriate literature and results
  • Searching technical databases (includes structure searching)
  • Assessing quality of information
  • Critical evaluation of articles
  • Proficiency in Teamwork Skills
  • Working and communicating with others to solve scientific problems
  • Properly assigning credit for others’ work and citing literature
  • Effectively distributing tasks among group members, meeting deadlines, and working as a group to develop and report results and conclusions
  • Understanding of Professional Ethics
  • Students should display high personal standards and integrity
  • Students should conduct themselves responsibly,
  • Students should be aware of contemporary issues related to chemistry.