The Department of Natural Science offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The department also offers a minor in chemistry to prospective students wishing to broaden their academic enterprise. Chemistry is referred to as the “central science” because of the pivotal role it plays in all of the biological and physical sciences, as well as engineering, agriculture, medicine, and allied health disciplines. The Chemistry Department curriculum prepares students for entrance into graduate and professional school programs, and provides the necessary skills to be competitive in industry, biotechnology, and governmental positions. The degree program for the Chemistry major is based upon the requirements set forth by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO)
- Fundamental Knowledge of the Chemical Sciences (ACS 7.1-7.3) - Students will be able to describe the major concepts and theories in chemistry. They will identify the central ideas underlying the principal subfields of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry) including the interdisciplinary biological chemistry. Students will be able to apply mathematical and physical methods for chemical investigation. Using modern web-based resources, they will know how to effectively search and analyze information in the chemistry literature.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze Chemical Processes (ACS 7.1-7.5) - Students will be able to operate modern instrumentation to perform chemical analysis and conduct experiments with strict adherence to sound laboratory techniques as well as good safety and hygiene practices. Students will be able to design experiments and to interpret information obtained in experiments in terms of current chemical theory and concepts.
- Exhibit effective oral and written communication of Chemical Concepts (ACS 7.2, 7.4- 7.5) - Students will be able to write well organized and concise reports. Students will acquire and present technical information using electronic media, posters and oral presentations.
- Chemistry Ethics in Society (ACS 7.2, 7.4, 7.6) - Students will understand the opportunities and consequences of chemistry and become aware of moral and ethical boundaries in their efforts to learn, conduct experiments, and discuss scientific knowledge