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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Learning Goals

Program Goals

1. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate understanding of fundamental chemical concepts through performance on assignments and exams (lecture setting) and laboratory experiments and reports (laboratory setting).

2. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of experimental approaches to solving problems of a chemical nature and have an ability to extend that knowledge to the solution of new problems.

3. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate written and oral communication skills for conversing on a chemical nature.

4. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate a proficiency in the discipline through discovery and validation of new knowledge in research projects.

5. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will apply skills of the discipline to analyze, interpret and communicate results of laboratory experiments and research.

 

Learning Outcomes

CHEMISTRY MAJOR
1. A student majoring in chemistry will demonstrate his/her mastery of the four principle disciplines: analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

2. A student majoring in chemistry will demonstrate excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities. S/he will be able to integrate chemical concepts and ideas learned in lecture courses with skills learned in laboratories to formulate hypotheses, propose and perform experiments, collect data, compile and interpret results and draw reasonable and logical conclusions.

3. A student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate technical mastery of fundamental wet laboratory skills, use proper laboratory safety protocols, and demonstrate proficiency in using computers to solve chemical problems.

4. A student majoring in chemistry will apply their experience and knowledge of the discipline in the successful conduct of at least 100 hours of undergraduate research.

5. A student majoring in chemistry will demonstrate effective scientific communication skills – both written and oral. Students will be able to write reports and present the results of their own scientific works or the works of another scientist.

BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR
1. A student majoring in biochemistry will demonstrate his/her mastery of the four principle disciplines: biochemistry, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry.

2. A student majoring in biochemistry will demonstrate excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities. S/he will be able to integrate chemical concepts and ideas learned in lecture courses with skills learned in laboratories to formulate hypotheses, propose and perform experiments, collect data, compile and interpret results and draw reasonable and logical conclusions.

3. A student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will demonstrate technical mastery of fundamental wet laboratory skills, use proper laboratory safety protocols, and demonstrate proficiency in using computers to solve chemical problems.

4. A student majoring in biochemistry will apply their experience and knowledge of the discipline in the successful conduct of at least 100 hours of undergraduate research.

5. A student majoring in biochemistry will demonstrate effective scientific communication skills – both written and oral. Students will be able to write reports and present the results of their own scientific works or the works of another scientist.