Our degree tracks are constructed to broadly prepare chemistry students for postgraduate studies, industrial employment, or secondary school teaching positions, just to name a few of the many possibilities that one can pursue with a Chemistry Degree. The following list of skills and knowledge will allow students to succeed in these varied careers, and our graduating seniors should:
- Be able to relate physical theories to chemical processes.
- Understand simple and complex reactions in terms of elementary steps.
- Utilize the knowledge gained of reaction mechanisms to predict reactions rates and resulting products.
- Achieve basic literary in mathematics as it applies to problems in chemistry.
- Be trained to function in a laboratory setting with correct hygiene, procedure, and competence with modern laboratory instrumentation.
- Be proficient with the use of computers and modern technology in data acquisition, processing, analysis, modelling, literature and database information retrieval. Students should be trained to adhere to the highest ethical standards as laid out by the American Chemical Society.
- Be able to search the literature and articulate chemical information clearly (e.g. concepts, background and experimental results). These include effective written, oral and presentation communication skills.
- Be able to solve problems competently, usually by identifying the fundamental parts of the problem, and then formulating a strategy to solve it. Students will be able to assess a reasonable estimate to a solution, devise a solution using appropriate methods, techniques and instrumentation, interpret their results, and comment on the correctness of their solution.
- Understand the basic chemistry process relevant to life and health.
- Be introduced to recent trends and exciting fields of chemistry or biochemistry development.
Our undergraduate degree programs are informed by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training and we aspire to develop all the skills that are identified by the committee.