Student Learning Outcomes

BA/BS Biochemistry/Chemistry

Students obtaining a baccalaureate degree should have upon graduation:
· general familiarity with the following areas in chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
· the ability to work effectively and safely in a laboratory environment.
· the ability to use the power of computers in applications in chemistry.
· the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
· the ability to think critically and analyze chemical problems.
· the ability to work in teams as well as independently.
· the understanding of how science and society are linked and the importance of science in modern society.
· the ability to initiate their career following graduation.
Program Goal 1. Knowledge of Chemical Principles and Facts; Appreciation for Chemistry and Biochemistry as Disciplines
·         demonstrate a mastery of critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and data analysis skills leading to the ability to develop and test a hypothesis
·         design experiments or model systems to test hypotheses;
·         apply fundamental chemical principles to gather and explain data;
·         assess the relative validity of several possible solutions to a problem.
·         demonstrate knowledge of chemical principles appropriate to a chemistry degree program
·         demonstrate a mastery of factual chemical knowledge concerning the properties of substances, molecules and atoms.
Program Goal 2.  Laboratory Knowledge and Skills
·         the basic analytical and technical skills to work effectively in the various fields of chemistry.
·         the skill to perform accurate quantitative measurements with an understanding of the theory and use of contemporary chemical instrumentation, interpret experimental results, perform calculations on these results and draw reasonable, accurate conclusions.
·         the ability to synthesize, separate and characterize compounds using published reaction protocols, standard laboratory equipment, and modern instrumentation.
·         knowledge and understanding of the issues of safety regulations, ethics and societal issues  in the use of chemicals in their laboratory work.
Program Goal 3. Computer, Library and Oral and Written Communication Information Skills
·         should be able to demonstrate effective use of the library and other information resources in chemistry, including:
o       finding chemical information utilizing the primary literature.
o       critically and ethically evaluating chemical information.
o       finding and evaluating chemical information utilizing secondary sources such as the Internet.
·         should be able to demonstrate effective use of computers in chemistry applications, including:
o       the use of a computer as a tool in writing, drawing chemical structures and data analysis to communicate scientific information.
o       being versed with the applications of computers in the modeling  and  simulation of chemical phenomena.
o       demonstrating an appreciation of the applications of computers in data acquisition and processing.
·         be able to communicate scientific information via technical writing and oral presentations.  Students must practice effective writing and oral communication throughout the chemistry curriculum.
·         be able to communicate scientific information in oral and written formats to both scientists and nonscientists.
Program Goal 4. Ethics and Society in Science
·         have an understanding of current ethical issues in chemistry and be able to apply ethical principles in classes and research.
·         Be able to express the impact of science and society in both specific and general terms.
Program Goal 5. Quantitative Reasoning Skills
·         demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills (proficiency in algorithmic and calculation skills, ability to accurately collect and interpret numerical data, ability to solve problems competently using extrapolation, approximation, precision, accuracy, rational estimation and statistical validity, ability to relate theories involving numbers and the practice of the theory, understanding application of in the scientific method (formulating hypotheses and arriving at appropriate answers and conclusions)


MS Chemistry

The ability to work effectively and safely in a laboratory. 
Ability to use the powers of computers.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
Ability to think critically and analyze chemicals.
Ability to work in teams, as well as independently.
Develop formal (abstract) thinking skills
Ability to initiate their career following graduation.