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The general educational objective of the chemistry major is the development by the student of a fundamental understanding of basic principles, concepts, models, and practices employed by chemists in characterizing the structure and behavior of matter.
The chemistry major is structured to ensure that this fundamental knowledge is based on experiences that include the four major divisions of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical). The chemistry program is designed to foster development of an understanding of (1) the nature of the underlying scientific processes employed in the acquisition of chemical knowledge, (2) the application of current principles and modern practices used in solving chemical problems, (3) the current state of chemical knowledge, and (4) the applications of the concepts of chemistry in addressing societal needs. The program is particularly well-suited to prepare students for careers in chemistry or related areas and for admission to graduate, medical, or other professional schools.
- Correctly use the fundamental concepts of chemistry.
- Solve problems by understanding and implementing the stages of the research process.
- Effectively communicate and disseminate the results of the scientific process to a diverse audience.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, and evaluate primary literature.
- Work both individually and collaboratively with other students and faculty.
- Exhibit the skills of a successful professional.