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Undergraduate Majors Educational
Goals and Required Knowledge and Skills
General education goals in chemistry:
- Communication. The ability to write, display information, and
orally communicate in a scientific format.
- Primary literature. The ability to search for, read and
understand primary sources of scientific literature.
- Understanding data. The ability to understand
chemistry data, how it is produced, and how it is applied.
- Quantitative analysis. The ability to apply quantitative
measurement and analytical laboratory techniques to scientific problems.
- Mathematical tools. The ability to apply mathematical tools
to chemistry problems that often involve multiple variables, statistics,
- Scientific method. The ability to develop a hypothesis,
design experiments to test that hypothesis, execute experiments,
interpret data, and refine a hypothesis in light of new data.
- Chemistry as the central and molecular science. Understanding
how chemists solve problems across disciplines by designing,
synthesizing, and analyzing molecules with defined structure and
- Critical evaluation. The ability to critique scientific
claims in the technical and popular press with respect to accuracy,
interpretation, and application.
- Integrity. The development of honesty, responsibility, and
integrity with respect to the generation and interpretation of data as a
scientist and as a citizen.
- Science and society. The development of a sense of
responsibility for promoting education, diversity and functional
literacy in science within the larger community.
Knowledge and skills requirements:
(these are designed to be cross-major, with each major able to define
sub-topics that address the knowledge/skills)
- Problem-solving skills, including logical reasoning, diligence,
and attention to quality, consistency, and thoughtfulness in one's work
- Structure. Three-dimensional molecular structure and
chemical bonding and their origins in the electronic structure of matter
- Properties and reactivities of important chemical classes, and
their uses and preparation
- Energy and thermodynamics
- Chemical equilibria including acids, bases and solubility
- Chemical reactions, stoichiometry and mechanisms
- Reaction kinetics
- Oxidation, reduction, and electron transport
- Chemical basis of biological function
- Experimental techniques. Knowledge of, and safe practices in,
analytical and preparatory laboratory techniques, including synthesis of
molecules and/or materials
- Hands-on laboratory experience
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