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Chemistry Learning Outcomes

Knowledge-Based

All our graduates will be able to: 

  • Master a broad set of chemical knowledge in the basic areas of the discipline (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biological chemistry).
  • Solve quantitative and qualitative problems competently by: identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem, rationally estimating the solution to a problem, applying appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, testing the correctness of the solution, and interpreting the results
Performance Based Skills

All our graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Design chemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments, troubleshoot experiments, appropriately record and interpret the results, and recognize what constitutes “reasonable” data 
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments
  • Follow proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals. 
  • Communicate the concepts and results of laboratory experiments through effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Use computers in data acquisition and processing, while using available software as a tool for data analysis. 
  • Employ modern library research tools to locate and retrieve scientific information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue related to chemistry.

Professional

All our graduates will:

  • Maintain the integrity of data and demonstrate ethical and professional standards, in accordance with the American Chemical Society guidelines for professional conduct.
  • Act in a highly ethical and professional capacity as a scientist in the articulation, evaluation, and employment of methods and chemicals that are benign for human health and the environment, which include but are not limited to the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, the 12 Principles of Green Engineering, and the Principles of Global Sustainability (as set forth by the Report of the Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, in 1987).
  • Successfully pursue personal career objectives following graduation. These may include an advanced education in professional or graduate school, a scientific career in government or industry, a career in teaching, or a related career. 
  • Function successfully as a part of a team, exhibit good citizenship in group interactions, and be an active contributor to group projects.