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:

  • Describe conceptually and mathematically the relationships between atomic and molecular structure and macroscopic properties seen in the natural world
  • Use models from the fundamental areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical) to analyze data and scientific arguments and to formulate and implement strategies for solving scientific problems
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize concepts from multiple fundamental areas of chemistry to solve complex problems
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic laboratory skills (e.g., preparing solutions, synthesizing organic and inorganic materials, performing chemical, computational, and instrumental analyses and measurements).
  • Practice safe laboratory procedures, such as identifying and managing laboratory hazards and using appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Accurately and effectively document laboratory work
  • Describe the principles and applications of instrumental and computational methods
  • Organize and present scientific ideas orally, graphically, and in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Search for, summarize, and critically evaluate primary and secondary literature sources
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team to achieve project goals
  • Design experiments, collect data, and interpret results to support or refute a hypothesis or research question
  • Practice science in an ethical and responsible manner
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and apply chemistry independently
  • Recognize 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.