The B.S. in Chemistry prepares students for a career as a professional chemist, investigating the composition, structure, properties and change of matter. Chemistry mainly studies interactions and transformations between atoms and molecules. Chemistry is also a central science because it bridges other sciences such as physics and biology. Furthermore, chemistry is the foundation for scientists and engineers to improve the life of humankind.
Students and/or graduates of the program will strive for success in the following objectives:
- Research-based Inquiry: Students employ research methods appropriate to their disciplines.
- Ethical Conduct: Students demonstrate professional and civic responsibility, including respect for all individuals.
- Creativity: Students use heuristics to evaluate, analyze and synthesize innovative solutions to existing and emerging problems.
The B.S. in Chemistry is constructed to provide students the fundamental knowledge and laboratory skills to enter the workforce at different levels. The degree emphasizes a quantitative methodological approach to chemistry. By the end of the course, students should be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Explain atomic structure and write chemical formula for simple compounds
- Perform chemical calculations systematically using dimensional analysis or multiplication by one
- Calculate moles, molecular and empirical formula of a compound from basic principles
- Balance chemical equations
- Identify various types of chemical reactions and apply the concept of limiting reagent to calculate percentage yield of products
- Apply various gas laws and the first law of thermodynamics to chemical problems
- Calculate the energy changes in chemical reactions
- Explain the quantum mechanical basis for the sub-structure of the atom
- Write the electronic configuration for the elements in the periodic table
- Draw the Lewis dot structures for simple molecules
- Use VSEPR to predict shapes of molecules and whether a molecule will have a dipole moment
- Identify sigma and pi bonds and explain the hybridization of the molecules
- Describe the differences in bonding patterns between solids, liquids, and gases
- Predict changes in freezing point, elevation in boiling point and osmotic pressure when a solute dissolves in a pure solvent