Chemistry Learning Outcomes

Graduating Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should master the following skills and
competencies to become successful professionals:
1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills. Be able to think critically to
analyze chemical and biochemical problems. Possess a solid background in the
topics of basic and upper level chemistry courses, including general chemistry,
inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry,
and biochemistry, as described by the American Chemical Society Committee on
Professional Training.
2. Laboratory and Instrumentation Skills. Be competent experimentalists,
possessing fundamental laboratory skills and a working knowledge of good safety
practices in the laboratory. Be able to design and set up an experiment, collect and
analyze data, identify sources of error, interpret their results and make
connections to related areas of science. Be able to use modern chemical research
instrumentation as developed through a variety of hands-on experiences in
teaching and research laboratories.
3. Computer and Chemical Literature Skills. Be able to use computers to
solve chemical problems, including the use of spreadsheets, a high level
programming language such as Mathematica, and computational chemistry
modeling software, such as Spartan. Be able to use modern library searching and
retrieval methods to obtain information about research topics, chemical
substances, chemical techniques, and other related topics.
4. Research, Teamwork and Communication Skills. Be able to complete
independent research. Be able to work successfully in groups both in the
classroom and in the laboratory environment. Be able to prepare and deliver
effective oral and poster presentations and written reports on their research
projects and be able to answer questions about their work at local, regional and/or
national scientific conferences.
5. Interdisciplinary Awareness and Ethics. Be able to recognize the
importance of cross-disciplinary approaches to modern research problems by
participating in independent research and attending frontiers of
chemical/biochemical research seminars from external speakers. Be able to
participate as responsible citizens and effectively communicate the impacts of
chemistry and biochemistry research on our local, national, and global
communities.