Academic Catalog 2023-24

Chemistry and Biochemistry (BA, BS, Minor)

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Program provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge in the chemical and physical sciences, preparing them for further study in a wide range of graduate programs, teacher credential programs, entry-level careers in government or private environmental organizations, and professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physicians assistant, and related careers. Students will learn fundamental chemistry concepts and hone their ability to reason through problems, investigate topics in-depth, and communicate their findings to others.

Students may choose to major in Chemistry leading to either a BA or BS. A minor in Chemistry is also offered. Some chemistry courses serve as prerequisites for pre-professionals or for the Science for Global Citizens CORE curriculum requirements.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in active research projects, thereby gaining valuable hands-on experience in research methodology, problem solving, and intellectual discovery. The department provides internships in career-related areas to further engage students in the active learning process.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor's degree in Chemistry are:

  1. Students will comprehend and integrate the fundamental scientific concepts and laboratory skills in the chemical and physical sciences.
  2. Students will apply scientific and mathematical principles in laboratory work and in the design, execution and comprehension of an independent research project.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in written and oral presentations of scientific research.
  4. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become ethical practitioners of science.
  5. Students will demonstrate readiness for further study or employment in discipline-related areas.