Department Learning Goals

The Chemistry Department's goal is to provide motivated students with a solid foundation in the principles of chemistry.  The department's program introduces students to the broad range of chemical knowledge from theoretical calculations through synthetic techniques.  Emphasizing problem-solving skills and hands-on laboratory experiences that include the use of modern instrumentation, the department prepares students to be scientists who can read and understand the scientific literature, design experiments, interpret data, and communicate their results effectively through oral and written reports.  A student who majors in chemistry is expected to emerge from the program with sufficient knowledge and experience to allow them to succeed in graduate/professional school or to tackle an entry level job in the chemical industry with a minimum of additional training.