Chemistry is the study of the energetics, composition, properties, structure and reactions of matter. A student earning a B.S. Chemistry degree will learn to think creatively, to analyze data, to utilize instrumentation, and to understand human interaction with the material world from multiple perspectives. The chemistry major provides students with a broad introduction to the discipline of chemistry combined with detailed exploration of at least one area of interest.
The chemistry major prepares students to apply scientific methodology to solve chemical problems, to relate chemistry to their daily life and environment, to think critically and quantitatively, and to understand the experimental methods, techniques and instrumentation used in chemistry.
Earning a B.S. degree in chemistry can be a natural pathway to a wide variety of career choices. Some of these career options are lab intensive positions such as research, analytical and product chemists. Others options that are outside of the typical lab oriented positions would be careers in sales, marketing and management. The B.S. chemistry degree can also be a stepping stone towards careers that require more advanced degrees such as teaching chemistry at a university level, medicine, law, pharmacy or dentistry.
Students will be able to:
- Apply the scientific method to experimental design and execution. More specifically, students will be able to:
- Describe the design of an experiment.
- Apply discipline specific laboratory techniques.
- Analyze results and interpret data.
- Summarize the experiments and results using standard discipline conventions.
- Design an experiment to test a particular hypothesis.
- Relate matter and energy as well as quantify changes to a given system. More specifically, students will be able to:
- Identify ionic and covalent compounds utilizing the periodic table.
- Summarize system energy before, during, and after a given system perturbation.
- Analyze common reaction types for a given system.
- Evaluate reaction types and energy changes to a complex natural system.
- Categorize matter according to structure and function within living systems. More specifically, students will be able to:
- Classify organic and biological compounds by name and chemical structure.
- Relate structure to a compound’s physicochemical properties.
- Formulate relevant reactions to compounds and predict products.
- Evaluate a complex living system on a molecular level.
- Interpret scientific findings via written and oral presentations.
- Distinguish the parts of a primary literature report.
- Summarize a scientific experiment or series of experiments using discipline language in written form.
- Discuss a scientific concept orally and in writing.
- Write a scientific report in the style of primary literature.