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
- comprehend current models of structure and bonding, for organic
molecules, inorganic compounds, and materials.
- understand how fundamental physical theories relate to chemical
- 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
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
on Professional Training:
Development of Student Skills