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Departmental Statement of Curriculum Learning Outcomes,

Process to Assess These Outcomes and Assessment Results 

 

The Learning Outcomes for each of the programs are listed below. 

 

 

B.S. in Chemistry degrees

PLAN A (ACS-certified option)

 Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired:

 

1.      A well-developed understanding of the major areas of chemistry including organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry.

2.      The ability to formulate significant research questions, design experiments, carry out experimental protocol, and analyze and interpret data.

3.      An understanding of mathematical formalism as applied to chemistry.

4.      The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

5.      Proficiency in retrieving information from the literature.

6.      The ability to use appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry.

7.      Adequate preparation to compete successfully in a science-related career and/or a graduate or professional program.

8.      An understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context.

 

 

PLAN B (Biochemistry Option)

 

Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired:

 

1.      A well-developed understanding of the major areas of chemistry including biochemistry, organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry.

2.      The ability to integrate principles from other sub-disciplines of biology and chemistry to the study of biochemistry.

3.      The ability to formulate significant research questions, design experiments, carry out experimental protocol, and analyze and interpret data in both chemistry and biochemistry.

4.      The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

5.      An understanding of mathematical formalism as applied to chemistry and biochemistry.

6.      Proficiency in retrieving information from the literature.

7.      The ability to use appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry and biochemistry.

8.      Adequate preparation to compete successfully in a science-related career and/or a graduate or professional program.

9.      An understanding of the impact of chemistry and biochemistry in a global/societal context.

 

 

PLAN C (Chemical Engineering Option)

 

Upon completion of this degree program the student will have the ability to:

 

  1. Understand the basic concepts of Physical, Organic, Analytical Instrumental Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

  2. Apply mathematical and computer techniques to solve numerical problems in chemistry and chemical engineering.

  3. Analyze and interpret experiments conducted in chemistry and chemical engineering.

  4. Communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

 

B.A. in Chemistry Degrees

 

 

Plan A (Pre-Professional)

 

Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired:

 

  1. Competence in the basic content of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and biology.

  2. The ability to carry out experimental protocols, and analyze and interpret data.

  3. The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

  4. Proficiency in the use of appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry.

  5. Adequate preparation to compete successfully in a professional school or a science-related career.

  6. Understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context.

 

 

Plan B (General)

 

Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired.

 

  1. Competence in the basic content of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical chemistry and biochemistry.

  2. The ability to carry out experimental protocols, and analyze and interpret data.

  3. The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

  4. Proficiency in the use of appropriate computer applications and information technology as related to chemistry.

  5. Adequate preparation to compete successfully in professional school or a science-related career.

  6. An understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context.

 

 

Program Assessment and Evaluation Plan

 Please note: General objectives pertaining to all programs have been addressed first.  Specific objectives for each of the programs are addressed under their respective headings. 

 

Program Objective

Performance Criteria and Assessment

Results

 

What are the program objectives? What should our students know and be able to do?

 

What assessment methods will be use to collect data? How will we interpret and evaluate data?  How will we know that the objectives have been bet? What level of performance meets each objective?

 

Data and Interpretation

 

Competence in the basic content of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and biology

 

Performance on standardized ACS examinations

 

Students score within one standard deviation of the national average on Standardized ACS examinations, administered for each sub-discipline

 

The ability to carry out experimental protocols, and analyze and interpret data.

 

Submission of laboratory reports in various areas of chemistry. Maintenance of laboratory notebooks. Ability to work independently in a laboratory setting. Students will demonstrate their skills on laboratory exams. Major will succeed with scores of 70% or higher.

 

Successful completion of laboratory-based courses with a grade of C or higher demonstrates the ability to carry out and interpret experiments. 

 

The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations.

 

Students must pass with a C in WAC classes and their B1 course.

 

Successful completion of courses in Area B1 and WAC courses demonstrates the ability to communicate. 

 

Proficiency in the use of appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry

 

Modern molecular modeling software (Chemdraw, Spartan, etc) will be used by all majors. Library database searches will be required. Basic computer programs (Word, Excel) will be required. use information technology tools such as the Internet and computer-based literature searches as well as printed literature resources to locate and retrieve scientific information including safety information (MSDS)

 

Successful completion of courses in Computer Science and Advanced Laboratories demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers and software related to chemical applications. 

 

Adequate preparation to compete successfully in graduate or professional schools or a science-related career.

 

50 % of our students will be accepted to professional or graduate school. The rest will be employed in a science-related job.

 

Of the 22 graduates in 2005-2006, 9 obtained admission to graduate and professional schools; all are pursuing careers in Chemistry or allied fields. 

 

Understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context.

 

Senior and sophomore papers

 

Student writings are indicative, to a certain extent, of a broad understanding of Chemistry in a societal context. 

 

Students will indicate they are satisfied with their general experience, specific skills and knowledge learned in the program

 

90% of Chemistry majors will indicate they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” on the student survey

 

Exit interviews indicate a high level of satisfaction with courses in the program and with the programs as a whole.