Undergraduate Program in Chemistry

Students in a lab

Chemistry combines fundamental knowledge of molecular systems with important applications to medicine, biology, energy and materials.

Our department offers a total of six program tracks among its majors (see Degrees in Chemistry). All of these major programs have the following eight learning objectives in common:

Knowledge-Based Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to master a broad set of theoretical and experimental chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of the discipline (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry).
  • Graduates will be able to solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution and interpret their results critically.
  • Graduates will be able to use computers in data acquisition and processing and use available software as a tool in simulation, computation and data analysis.
  • Graduates will be able to use modern library search tools (e.g., SciFinder) to locate and retrieve scientific information about a topic, chemical technique or an issue relating to chemistry.

Performance/Skills-Based Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to understand the objective of their chemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments and appropriately record and analyze the results.
  • Graduates will be able to use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation and classical techniques to carry out experiments both singly and in teams.
  • Graduates will know and rigorously follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments clearly and consisely to both chemists and non-chemists through effective writing and oral communication skills.