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DEPARTMENTAL GOALS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Submitted March 15, 1990

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a long-standing commitment to the education of students in our programs. The Department seeks to develop the following in our students: 1) proper attitudes with respect to study habits and work skills, 2) a sense of the history and philosophy of chemistry, 3) a total awareness and understanding of the role of chemistry in shaping and contributing to societal goals, and 4) an ability to think critically and solve problems in a societal context.

Knowledge

1. A fundamental knowledge of the principles and practice of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. For some emphasis areas this list would include biochemistry.

  • 2.

    A basic understanding of chemistry and its relationship to society and technology.

  • 3.

    An understanding of mathematics and physics and their application to chemistry.

  • 4.

    An awareness of ethical issues associated with the practice of chemistry.

  • 5.

    An understanding of how scientific inquiry is practiced, including developing hypotheses,

making predictions, designing experiments, drawing conclusions, and public reporting of results.

6. An understanding of how computers and scientific instrumentation are employed in the practice of chemistry.

  • 7.

    An ability to interpret and draw conclusions from data collected by themselves or others.

  • 8.

    An awareness of the importance and use of the scientific literature, especially as it related

to chemistry.

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