Goal 1: Provide an advanced treatment of chemical principles and in-depth study of chemistry, biochemistry, and related areas, such that students achieve mastery of chemical content beyond their baseline knowledge.
•Students will demonstrate comprehensive understanding of chemical principles and research in at least two of the five traditional areas of chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical.
•Students will be able to make connections between the chemical disciplines as applied to special topics and interdisciplinary chemical problems.
•Masters of Science – Non-Thesis Option: Students will complete additional coursework to support intellectual development as pertinent to their chemistry-related careers.
Goal 2: Develop student skills, including: problem-solving, chemical literature evaluation, written and spoken communications.
•Students will be able to address complex scientific problems, critically examine relevant chemical literature, and effectively communicate current viewpoints and potential solutions in both written and spoken form.
•Students will complete oral presentations and/or written research projects during the course of their classwork.
Goal 3: Provide thesis students with cutting edge, independent research experiences as well as opportunities for students to demonstrate significant contributions to a research program or chemistry-related career.
•Masters of Science – Thesis Option: Students will conduct independent research projects culminating in a written thesis and public thesis defense.
•Masters of Science – Thesis Option: Students will demonstrate adequate research progress at the midpoint their programs through presentation and defense of a progress seminar.
•Masters of Science – Thesis Option: Students will contribute to dissemination of their research through talks or poster presentations at research conferences, contributions to peer reviewed research manuscripts, and/or proposals seeking external grant funding.
Goal 4: Provide students with the opportunity to work with faculty members to develop teaching skills and enhance the learning environment for our undergraduate students.
•Teaching fellows will serve as teaching assistants in hands-on laboratory classes under the direct supervision of faculty members.
•As possible, part-time students will also be afforded the opportunity to be teaching assistants.