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Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY

The chemistry program at Shaw University has three instructional faculty and on average 1-2 adjunct faculty. The department administers a degree program leading to the Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. The program offers coursework with the CHE prefix. The program is housed on the third floor of Roberts Science Hall on Shaw’s Main campus. This review details an assessment of the chemistry program and offers a path forward to ensure continued viability and excellence in the chemistry arm of the Natural Sciences and Math department.

Chemistry Program Mission  

The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is to prepare and produce students that: have strong academic preparation in chemistry; are competitive; ready for graduate and professional schools as well as work in laboratories. It provides training for students in other degree programs in the necessary chemical principles relevant to their disciplines and career goals.

Chemistry Program Goals

  1. Provide its students with a mastery of content and foundation in chemistry theory and practice that is grounded in student learning goals, experimentation, computer technology, and oral and written communication skills,
  2. Provide research opportunities for students outside the classroom to foster research and new discovery that brings financial resources and vitality to the university,
  3. Instill a foundation of cognitive skills necessary to engage in life-long learning and intellectual growth, and;
  4. Help prepare students to assume leadership positions in their personal lives and careers.

Chemistry Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge. Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge and apply the methods of inquiry in a discipline of their choosing, and they will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across their choice of varied disciplines.
  2. Critical Thinking. Students will demonstrate the ability to access and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.
  3. Communication. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  4. Academic and Professional Integrity. Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of their academic discipline and/or profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • SLO 1.1. Have firm foundations in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories.
  • SLO 1.2. Are able to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of chemical experiments.
  • SLO 1.3. Are able to use modern instrumentation and classical techniques, to design experiments, and to properly record the results of their experiment.
  • SLO 1.4  Knows the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling when using chemicals.
  • SLO 2.1  Are skilled in problems solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning.
  • SLO 2.2  Are able to identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research.
  • SLO 2.3  Are able to use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry.
  • SLO 3.1. Are able to communicate the results of their work to chemists and non-chemists.
  • SLO 4.1. Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.

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