Learning Outcomes | Chemistry

After Pacific | Our successful Pacific University chemistry alumni include those at Top 10 research universities, at companies such as Intel and Nike, and in health, manufacturing and education fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of their studies, graduating chemistry majors will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic laboratory skills (e.g., documentation, preparing solutions, synthesizing organic and inorganic materials, performing chemical, computational, and instrumental analyses and measurements).
  • Critically evaluate primary and secondary scientific literature sources in order to design experiments or interpret results to support or refute a hypothesis or research question.
  • Organize, synthesize, analyze and present scientific ideas using appropriate chemical models and terms from each of the fundamental areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical).
  • Practice science in a safe, ethical, and responsible manner which reflects the role of chemists in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Program Purpose

The mission of the Chemistry program is to enhance the intellectual and personal development of our students within an undergraduate liberal arts setting. We specifically develop the understanding of both chemistry majors and non-majors of the theoretical and experimental background in chemistry necessary for their pursuit of careers in research, industry, education, the health professions and other fields. Our curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, creativity, communication skills, discipline and the ability to work closely with others so solve complex problems.