BS in Chemistry

Chemistry students in the Natural Sciences Complex.

The BS in Chemistry is primarily oriented toward students who would like to choose chemistry as a professional goal. This program meets the criteria for a degree suggested by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and students who complete this degree can obtain ACS certification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will:

  • Demonstrate acquisition of a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the four basic areas of the discipline (organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry).
  • Solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.
  • Understand the objective of their chemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
  • Know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
  • Communicate the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments through effective writing skills.
  • Successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools, in a scientific career in government or industry, in a teaching career in the school systems, or in a related career following graduation.
  • Be able to use modern literature retrieval methods to obtain information about chemicals and chemistry topics.
  • Have a basic understanding of biological chemistry.
  • Have advanced laboratory skills in organic and inorganic synthesis and characterizational methods.
  • Have advanced knowledge of analytical chemistry.