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Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Education

Majoring in Chemistry

The chemistry department offers two focus areas for earning a B.S in Chemistry:

The chemistry department offers two focus areas for earning a B.A in Chemistry:

 Student Learning Outcomes:

Both Options of the Chemistry Major have learning goals that follow WSU’s Seven Goals of the Baccalaureate. In addition to meeting these goals, students who graduate with a Chemistry Degree from WSU will experience the pursuit of an individual research experience, which is vital for determining ones career direction. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace or graduate/professional school after graduation.

Students graduating from the Department of Chemistry will be able to demonstrate:

1. A thorough knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, chemical dynamics and the chemical and physical properties of substances.

2. A thorough knowledge of the subfields of chemistry, including analytical, inorganic, organic, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.

3. The ability to read, critically evaluate and interpret numerical, chemical and general scientific information.

4. The ability to communicate effectively about chemistry both verbally and in writing.

5. The ability to design experiments and to use appropriate experimental apparatus effectively.


Chemistry Student Learning Outcomes
Seven Goals of the Baccalaureate

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CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING. Graduates will use reason, evidence, and context to increase knowledge, to reason ethically, and to innovate in imaginative ways.
QUANTITATIVE REASONING. Graduates will solve quantitative problems from a wide variety of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. 
SCIENTIFIC LITERACY. Graduates will have a basic understanding of major scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic affairs, economic productivity and global stewardship.

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Information Literacy. Graduates will effectively identify, locate, evaluate, use responsibly and share information for the problem at hand.
COMMUNICATION. Graduates will write, speak and listen to achieve intended meaning and understanding among all participants.
DIVERSITY. Graduates will understand, respect and interact constructively with others of similar and diverse cultures, values, and perspectives.


DEPTH, BREADTH, AND INTEGRATION OF LEARNING. Graduates will develop depth, breadth, and integration of learning for the benefit of themselves, their communities, their employers, and for society at large.