CHEM 489

Directed Research in Chemistry

1-5 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 7, 2013 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This is a faculty designed independent study (FDIS) which provides students the opportunity to do independent research in the field of chemistry under the supervision of a resident chemistry faculty member. This course improves students problem solving, analytical, and reasoning skills. At the end of the course, students complete a research report that must be approved by the instructor. The number of credits will be decided by the faculty and the student.

Special information

Note: Instructor's permission required.

Learning outcomes


  • Become familiar with the terminology and literature commonly used in a specific field/area of chemistry.
  • Develop problem solving, numerical/computational, and mathematical skills.
  • Develop a familiarity with the common issues addressed within this field.
  • Demonstrate the conceptual and practical skills necessary to answer questions and solve problems in a specific field/area of chemistry.
  • Receive the necessary background to pursue research interests in related fields.