Learning Goals for Chemistry Courses

World of Chemistry I 101
World of Chemistry II 102
General Chemistry I 115
General Chemistry II 116
Analytical Chemistry 223
Analytical Chemistry Lab 227
Organic Chemistry I 335
Organic Chemistry II 336
Physical Chemistry I 345
Physical Chemistry II 346
Inorganic Chemistry I 313
Inorganic Chemistry II 413
Physical Chemistry Lab 427
Inorganic & Materials Lab 448



Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. - Albert Einstein


Learning Goals for the Chemistry Major

Upon graduation, chemistry majors typically find employment in chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer product, or biomedical industries, or they continue their education in graduate science programs, medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school. To be prepared for these endeavors, chemistry majors should:
  • comprehend current models of structure and bonding, for organic molecules, inorganic compounds, and materials.
  • understand how fundamental physical theories relate to chemical processes.
  • know how to describe chemical transformations in terms of reaction mechanisms, and to understand connections between mechanisms, reaction rates, and product distributions.
  • be competent in using mathematics to solve problems in chemistry.
  • be able to work quantitatively in a laboratory setting, using modern instrumentation to conduct and understand measurements using techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, and UV-visible spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, and electrochemistry.
  • be proficient in analyzing and interpreting experimental data.
Graduates should also be competent in certain generic skills to function effectively as professional chemists. Specifically, these are problem-solving skills, chemical literature skills, laboratory safety skills, team skills, and ethics. Detailed descriptions of these skills can be found in a document prepared by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training: Development of Student Skills.