Student Learning Outcomes

BA/BS Biochemistry/Chemistry

Students obtaining a baccalaureate degree should have upon
· general familiarity with the following areas in chemistry:
analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
· the ability to work effectively and safely in a laboratory
· the ability to use the power of computers in applications in
· the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in
· 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
·         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
o       critically and ethically evaluating chemical
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
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
·         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


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.