American Chemical Society Accreditation. The department's major in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate chemical and physical models to make predictions or draw conclusions regarding chemical systems or phenomenon. Examples of chemical systems are compound formation (synthesis), energy transfer, equilibrium composition, various physical properties, chemical reactivity, etc.
- Demonstrate mastery of laboratory skills and execute common experimental techniques.
- Demonstrate the ability to design, prepare, execute and adjust experiments.
- Describe the theoretical and operational principles of common laboratory instrumentation such as NMR, FT-IR, UV-Vis, AA, fluorescence spectrometers, GC-MS, HPLC and electrochemical analysis instrumentation, as well as their typical uses, sensitivities and limitations. Interpret the data collected with such instrumentation.
- Find topic-specific chemical literature, interpret and evaluate chemical studies as described in scientific journals, and describe these conclusions through written and oral presentations.
- Analyze and interpret data to detect trends, evaluate the quality of data and reach scientifically valid conclusions.
Honors in Chemistry. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes superior performance in chemistry. To graduate with honors in chemistry, candidates must do the following:
- Petition the department in writing by the third week of their final semester,
- Maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA overall and a 3.50 cumulative GPA in chemistry courses (plus biology courses for biochemistry majors),
- • Submit an acceptable written thesis based on a minimum of 4 semester hours of CHEM-400, completed during the junior and/or senior years, and CHEM-500 (or BIOL-510 and BIOL-511, if approved by Chemistry Department), and
- Pass an oral exam based on the submitted thesis.