Chemistry

Learning Objectives

Chemistry majors at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have:

  • obtained a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry--atomic and molecular theory, reactivities and properties of chemical substances, and the states of matter;
  • obtained a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of the primary subfields of chemistry--analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, appropriate to the degree sought;
  • acquired knowledge of mathematics sufficient to facilitate the understanding and derivation of fundamental relationships and to analyze and manipulate experimental data, appropriate to the degree sought;Students in a chemistry class
  • acquired knowledge of the fundamental principles of physics;
  • learned safe chemical practices, including waste handling and safety equipment;
  • demonstrated ability to problem solve and reason scientifically;
  • acquired the ability to read, evaluate, and interpret information on a numerical, chemical, and general scientific level in preparation for a lifetime of learning and contribution;
  • discussed issues of professional ethics;
  • acquired the ability to assemble experimental chemical apparatus, to design experiments, to use appropriate apparatus to measure chemical composition, and properties, and to use computers in acquisition, analysis, modeling and presentation of data, appropriate to the degree sought - both individually and in collaboration with others;
  • acquired the ability to effectively use modern instrumentation in acquisition of information on chemical substances, appropriate to the degree sought - both individually and in collaboration with others;
  • gained basic understanding and experience in the process of chemical research or training in a professional forensic laboratory; and
  • demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate results of scientific inquiries orally and in writing.