Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

The department is organized with the following objectives in view:

  • to increase the general cultural background of all students;
  • to prepare chemistry majors for graduate study, industrial work, or positions with professional ratings in government service;
  • to provide the basic training for professional studies in medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, and other professional fields; and
  • to prepare high school teachers of chemistry.

The department’s bachelor of science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students earning this degree will be certified to the ACS for full membership on graduation.

The department sponsors a student affiliate chapter of the ACS. Any student enrolled in a program of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related discipline is eligible for membership. The chapter serves as a focal point for those interested in the field of chemistry and offers them opportunities for practical experience and professional contacts.

Degree Mission:

B.S. – To provide intensive, focused education in chemistry, providing the graduate with the background required for post graduate study in chemistry and/or for professional positions as a chemist in private industry or government service.

B.A. – To provide a strong, broad background in chemistry which could be combined with related undergraduate disciplines such as biology, physics, mathematics, or psychology in the pursuit of postgraduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and other health related professions, and to provide an ample chemistry background for post graduate training in secondary science education.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the of this program students will be able to demonstrate competence in:

  1. Chemical knowledge.
  2. Scientific inquiry methods.
  3. Writing formal laboratory and technical reports.
  4. Using chemical instrumentation and the analysis of the results obtained therefrom.
  5. Knowledge and practice of chemical safety.