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Student Learning Goals

The Chemistry Department curriculum is structured under the guidelines set by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is the certifying organization. The major student learning goals and objectives are:

Goal 1) Content mastery

a)  Strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemical theory

  • outlined in General Chemistry
  • reinforced in upper-division courses

b) Mastery of advanced chemistry topics, including:

  • organic chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • instrumental chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • inorganic chemistry

Goal 2) Demonstrated proficiency in essential laboratory techniques

a)  Basic laboratory skills

  • measurement of chemical properties and processes
  • teamwork
  • notebook maintenance and record keeping
  • laboratory safety

b)  Advanced laboratory skills

  • independent work
  • experimental design and execution
  • chemical synthesis

c)  Instrumentation

Goal 3) Technological proficiency

a)  Word processing
b)  Data analysis
c)  Presentation software
d)  Literature searching

  • database
  • reference texts
  • print and online journals

e)  Molecular modeling

  • computational chemistry
  • structure drawing and manipulation

f)   Effective written and oral communication skills
g)  Written reports
h)  Oral reports and presentations
i)   Integration of text and graphics

Goal 4) Upholding the ethical standards of the university and of the profession


Accrediting/Certifying Body: American Chemical Society

The ACS-certified B.S. degree in Chemistry is more rigorous than the standard B.S. degree

offered by the department. In addition to more upper-division chemistry courses and independent research, it requires more advanced courses in math and physics.

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: the ACS Committee on Professional Training, ACS Student Membership

The ACS Committee on Professional Training publishes guidelines regarding academic standards for the profession.