The mission of the program in chemistry is to enable graduates to enter professional practice as a chemist in the areas of research, development, production, sales consulting and management, or to enter graduate or professional programs leading to advanced degrees in the following broad fields of specialization: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. The judicious use of electives enables students to meet admission requirements to enter health profession schools. The Chemistry program, through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, provides students with a basic and broad understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry with progression to advanced concepts and instrumental methods. The Chemistry program educates and prepares chemistry majors for employment, graduate school, and/or professional school. To this end, the program has established the following objectives.
Provide a basic understanding of chemical fundamentals in general, analytical, and organic chemistry as well as an introduction to advanced concepts in biochemistry and physical chemistry.
Introduce students to basic laboratory safety, ethics, techniques and research methodologies, and instrumentation associated with chemistry.
Prepare students for admission to graduate and professional schools and/or for employment in chemistry or related professions.
Offer courses in six interrelated chemistry sub-disciplines approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS): General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry.
Maintain a curriculum aligned with the standards recommended by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (CPT) and provide co- and prerequisite knowledge and skills for progression toward upper-level courses.
Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in courses offered in the major and skills related to the chemistry profession.
Demonstrate competence in using various techniques and equipment following the proper experimental procedure and ability to produce analyze, and draw conclusions from laboratory data and write a complete report.
Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Complete a total of 123 credit hours of coursework for graduation.