In addition to satisfying the Aims of General Education, the Chemistry Department seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated student learning outcomes:
Build Chemistry Knowledge & Laboratory Skills
- Learning Outcome 1.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge in all major fields of chemistry including organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry.
- Learning Outcome 1.2: Students will demonstrate laboratory skills and show understanding in all major laboratory techniques and principles including instrumentation, synthesis, purification, analysis, and green chemistry.
Build Problem-Solving Methods & Skills
- Learning Outcome 2.1: Students will develop and refine quantitative problem solving skills used in the field of chemistry, enabling them to tackle novel problems with confidence.
- Learning Outcome 2.2: Students will employ mathematical methods to model experimental data and solve chemistry problems.
Build Research Skills
- Learning Outcome 3.1: Students will show capacity to use appropriate literature research and parse journal articles for useful information.
- Learning Outcome 3.2: Students will be able to maintain an organized and well-documented laboratory notebook.
- Learning Outcome 3.3: Students will show proficiency at scientific communication including posters, presentations, laboratory reports, and even journal articles.
- Learning Outcome 3.4: Students will learn to take ownership of projects, developing in-depth research questions and formulating activities needed to successfully answer them.
Build Professional Skills and Ethics
- Learning Outcome 4.1: Students will demonstrate creative and independent thinking in both learning and work environments.
- Learning Outcome 4.2: Students will learn the value of a professional work ethic including working as part of a diverse team.
- Learning Outcome 4.3: Students will develop the ability to recognize ethical issues related to the impact of technological advances on society.