The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences is to provide undergraduate course work in chemistry and the physical sciences in a student-centered, supportive learning environment characterized by small classes with access to faculty and well-equipped laboratory facilities where students can actively engage in the investigative process of science.

For students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, the department provides an intensive program
of study in the major areas of chemistry with an emphasis on developing skills in analytical thinking and problem-solving, evaluation and interpretation of data, effective communication of scientific information, and research methodologies, while also exploring the applications of chemistry that permeate our lives. Sufficient flexibility through open electives allows students to emphasize personal career goals.

Students are prepared for entry-level positions in chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory settings or in non-traditional settings, which rely on the background and skills that have been acquired. Their education also prepares them for entry into graduate programs of study in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, secondary education, medicine or law.

The department also provides a chemistry minor program structured to give students a balanced exposure to the major areas of chemistry and opportunities to develop associated skills. Providing this opportunity is an important asset for students studying in other programs, particularly those pursuing careers in the biomedical and biological sciences.

The department also offers courses in chemistry and physics tailored to the support of programs in the basic and health sciences. These programs all have a strong reliance on the ability of students to understand and apply the fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics and to demonstrate clear analytical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in these courses.

In addition, it is the mission of the department to offer stimulating course work in the physical sciences for non-science majors as part of the University Curriculum so that all students can develop an appreciation of the process of science, engage in scientific investigative experiences, understand the role of science in their everyday lives and be prepared to make informed value judgments in our highly technological society.

Students in any major within the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences may also choose to participate in the premedical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program and its concentrations can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools.

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