Chemistry BA

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Early Stage Assessment (CHEM111-112, General Chemistry I and II; CHEM115, Accelerated General Chemistry):  Students completing the introductory level of chemistry will demonstrate a basic understanding of chemical concepts and quantitative problem solving.  They will have improved in overall knowledge of chemistry and will be adequately prepared for intermediate and advanced chemistry courses.

  2. Intermediate Stage Assessment (CHEM201-202, Organic Chemistry I and II; CHEM300, Quantitative Analysis):  Students will acquire, retain and apply specialized, advanced chemical knowledge concerning molecular structure and reactivity.   Students also will demonstrate competence in laboratory skills and in making accurate measurements.

  3. Late Stage Assessment (CHEM331-332, Thermodynamics and Reaction Kinetics--Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy;  CHEM400, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; CHEM481-484, Student Seminar):  Students will have acquired a solid understanding of physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry, completing a broad understanding across the traditional core areas (inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical) of chemistry that will enable them to solve problems across the subdisciplines of modern chemistry (e.g. environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, and biochemistry).  To this end, students will be able to locate the chemical literature, critically evaluate it, and communicate their ideas about it both in writing and orally to their peers.

  4. Metrics at Graduation (Major Field Test):  Students will possess the factual knowledge and the reasoning skills required to solve problems across the range of chemistry disciplines.

  5. Metrics of Student Engagement with the Chemistry Community (student research; careers beyond graduation):  The Chemistry Department is committed to providing students with research opportunities that will enable them to pursue a satisfying career in which they can put these skills into practice.