Courses and Learning Outcomes

Dr. Katie Peterson teaching precipitation reactions with a lecture demonstration.
Dr. Katie Peterson teaching precipitation reactions with a lecture demonstration.

See the class schedule for a list of current and upcoming courses and the course catalog for a list of all courses offered.

Core Courses

  • Principles of Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory I and II
  • Journal Club

Upper-Division Specialty Courses

  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I and II
  • Medicinal Chemistry: Drug Design and Drug Action
  • Laboratory Management and Safety
  • Special topic courses

Laboratory Experiences

Virtually all of the core courses and upper-division specialty courses have an associated laboratory course. This allows student to perform a wide variety of experiments and work with modern analytical instruments.

Research Opportunities

Enhance your undergraduate experience; visit with a chemistry faculty member about beginning a faculty mentored research project.

Opportunities to Develop Student Skills

  • Undergraduate research
  • Employment in the Chemistry stockroom
  • Tutoring
  • Chemistry Club
  • Seminar speakers
  • Conference presentations

Chemistry Department Student Learning Outcomes

The courses and experiences offered by the chemistry department support the achievement of the following student learning outcomes.  Chemistry graduates will be able to…

  • Name molecules using IUPAC nomeclature.
  • Predict changes in a chemical reaction or chemical system using rules of chemical equilibria.
  • Describe the rate of a chemical reaction using the principles of kinetics.
  • Describe the energetics of a chemical reaction with thermodynamics.
  • Predict trends in elemental properties using the periodic table.
  • Use chemical bonding theories to describe the electron arrangement in molecules.
  • Describe the behavior acids and bases in solution using acid/base theories.
  • Describe the basic chemical molecules of living systems, including proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  • Demonstrate their ability to perform quantitative measurements and analysis.
  • Demonstrate their ability to perform qualitative measurements and analysis.
  • Demonstrate their competency in scientific communication.

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