2021-2022 Catalog 
    May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog

Chemistry Major

The Major in Chemistry (“traditional” track with no concentration).  This is an additional requirement to this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop a rigorous understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and techniques
  • Gain practical experience with a wide variety of chemistry instruments and knowledge to interpret obtained data
  • Develop an ability to communicate ideas in chemistry to general audiences and specialists
  • Understand a broad range of chemical principles and knowledge in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • Gain chemical knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve theoretical and practical problems in chemistry
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills appropriate to the study of chemistry:
    • Acquire, interpret and analyze data using manual and instrumental methods
    • Carry out basic synthetic reactions
    • Maintain a laboratory notebook
    • Work confidently and safely in a laboratory
  • Organize and present scientific information in written and oral form assisted by the use of computer technology such as word processing, spreadsheets, chemical structure drawing programs, chemical information retrieval services
  • Understand the importance of chemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context
  • Develop the ability to succeed in pursuing further studies or employment in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry

Major Requirements (59 units)

Statement on Repeating Courses

All students majoring in Chemistry must earn a minimum grade of C in the core Chemistry courses (General Chemistry lecture and lab I& II, Organic Chemistry I& II, Organic Chemistry Lab I& II, and Analytical Chemistry) and all supporting courses (Calculus and Analytical Geometry I& II and Physics lecture and lab I& II). Courses required for a Chemistry major can only be repeated once. If the minimum grade is not attained by the second attempt, the student will be disqualified from the Chemistry major.

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