Chemistry Programs

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Chemistry Programs

The mission of the undergraduate degree program in chemistry is to offer a general and specific set of courses in several areas in chemistry that will provide students within its majors a fundamental understanding, through qualitative and quantitative reasoning, of matter and energy and the changes that they undergo. The program is designed to prepare students for advanced degrees in graduate or professional programs and for students who are seeking to immediately enter the work force as teachers and technicians. Because few students major in chemistry, graduates tend to find options for further study and career opportunities.

Chemistry for Non-Majors

Non-chemistry majors who choose to fulfill part of their General Education requirements with CHEM 100 Chemistry and Society (3) or CHEM 151 Elementary Survey of Chemistry (3) will gain insight into the chemical nature of the universe. It is also possible to pursue a minor in chemistry.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

Both programs of study are designed to provide students with the following:

  • A fundamental understanding of analytical, inorganic, instrumental, organic and physical chemistry.
  • A basic understanding of physics.
  • Basic knowledge of the differential and integral calculus and statistical analysis.
  • Basic chemistry laboratory skills.
  • Skills to do chemical research.
  • The ability to engage in scientific inquiry.
  • An understanding of the relationship of chemistry and the environment.
  • The experience of preparing and presenting a seminar.

In addition, the Biosciences Emphasis imparts to students a basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics.