Chemistry

Student Learning Outcomes

Chemistry majors at Washburn University, upon graduation, will be able to:

  • master a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of the discipline (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry).
  • demonstrate an ability to define problems clearly, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data using appropriate statistical methods, and draw appropriate conclusions both individually and in collaboration with others.
  • generate and analyze experimental data in the context of the theories and concepts of chemical principles.
  • use computers in data acquisition, data analysis, and in electronic structure calculations.
  • demonstrate an operating knowledge with a variety of modern scientific instrumentation to analyze chemicals and chemical processes.
  • know and follow safe chemical practices, including waste handling and safety equipment.
  • employ modern library search tools to locate and retrieve scientific information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry.
  • discuss standards of professional ethics and how these effect the scientific endeavor.
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific knowledge both verbally and in writing to peers and the scientific community.
  • successfully pursue their career objectives, and adapt as necessary, in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools, in a scientific career in government or industry, in a secondary teaching career, or a career related to their field of study.