Upon completing a major or minor in Chemistry, students will:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge in the sub-disciplines of chemistry where they have completed coursework (at least 4 of: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical).
- Apply their integrative knowledge of chemistry to solve problems.
- Demonstrate competency in the laboratory skills necessary to acquire, analyze and interpret experimental results.
- Effectively communicate scientific information in a variety of forms (written, oral, and mathematical).
The Chemistry Department’s learning goals directly supports the University’s Academic Learning Outcomes. Specifically,
- Student Learning Goal #1 aligns with “Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of human and natural worlds.” It will be assessed through the use of standardized exams in CH 222, CH 263, CH 361, CH 366, CH 481 and the final exams in CH 431, CH 435, and CH 436.
- Student Learning Goal #2 aligns with “Develop habits of critical analysis and aesthetic appreciation” and “Apply creative and innovative thinking.” It will be assessed through the final exam in CH 443 and case study questions in CH 435 and CH 436.
- Student Learning Goal #3 aligns with “Develop habits of critical analysis and aesthetic appreciation” and “Apply creative and innovative thinking.” It will be assessed in the relevant junior and senior lab courses (CH 367, CH 368, CH 399, CH 437, CH 443, and CH 482).
- Student Learning Goal #4 aligns with “Communicate skillfully in multiple forms of expression.” Written and mathematical expression will be evaluated in CH 367 lab reports, CH 399 reports (for both on and off-campus projects), and honors theses completed within the department. Oral and mathematical expression will be evaluated in CH 367, CH 443, CH 482, and CH 439.