Chemistry Departmental Learning Goals

Our primary goal is to provide you with a cohesive and comprehensive program that introduces basic chemical principles in the five areas of chemistry:

  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Analytical
  • Physical
  • Biochemistry

We believe a successful curriculum should prepare you to enter the professional world of chemistry upon graduation or obtain entrance to strong graduate or professional programs. Such a curriculum should include practice in the application of chemical principles, both in the traditional laboratory component of courses and in student-faculty collaborative research. Additionally, since a multidisciplinary approach to scientific problems is increasingly important, our curriculum should intersect both with other scientific disciplines and the social sciences and humanities. Our curriculum (as detailed above) is aligned with the ACS-CPT guidelines (the accrediting agency for Chemistry programs). 

Learning goals

  1. You will express a working knowledge of foundational chemical principles across the subfields of chemistry.
  2. You will apply your understanding of core chemical concepts to solve problems using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  3. You will demonstrate an ability to independently design and conduct experiments. This includes recording, analyzing and interpreting data, proper selection and utilization of modern instrumentation/ methods and communicating the results effectively.

Relating to the broader College learning goals:

Communicate experimental results effectively in a variety of forms and work collaboratively in a small group or team setting to solve a problem or accomplish a goal.  This includes properly recording and presenting data.

Investigate and analyze chemical problems often by recording, analyzing, and interpreting data using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Integrate chemical knowledge into new complex situations to develop new ideas and making interdisciplinary connections between chemistry and other science and non-science fields.

Diversify working knowledge of foundational chemical principles across the subfields of chemistry.

Create and independently design and conduct experiments exploring new instrumentation and methods as a means to acquire new data and knowledge.

Reflect on one’s learning including examining and assessing past experiments and using that information to inform and drive future experiments.

Apply core chemical concepts, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, to solve real world chemistry problems.