The student will:
- Develop enough learning techniques to adapt to new vocational and educational situations, i.e., be able to self-educate in new applied areas and keep up with progress in the field.
- Develop enough selfconfidence, personal independence and understanding of scientific methods to carry out a technical project on one's own with only consultant-style help.
- Read technical literature with good comprehension.
- Write technical reports in a clear and logical way.
- Present oral reports on technical material in a clear and logical way.
- Be able to retrieve any needed information from the scientific literature.
- Analyze laboratory data for its correctness and locate probable sources of error, including an understanding of standard statistical tests and the concepts of error and uncertainty, and an understanding of the advantages and limitations of current instrumental and other laboratory techniques.
- Be able to use the basic principles of chemistry as presented in the first-year class in a wide variety of contexts, especially the relationship of the microscopic physical model to bulk chemical behavior. Be able to relate scientific principles to observed behavior.
- Comprehend the major systems of nomenclature used in chemistry and know enough about the basic functional groups of inorganic and organic chemistry to have a primitive vocabulary of basic types of chemical reactions and to be able to use this to make rational chemical predictions.
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A degree in chemistry opens a wide variety of careers to a graduate. Careers in chemistry involve such diverse areas as the development of new materials, environmental protection, and drug design. A chemistry degree is frequently used as a preparation for entrance into law, medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy colleges.
There are two possible degree paths in the chemistry program, an area of concentration and a major. Students completing an area of concentration either continue on to graduate school or enter an industrial position directly upon graduation. Graduates with a major in chemistry may pursue careers in industry in chemical information, technical writing, chemical sales and technical support. The chemistry major may also serve as a basis for further study in biochemistry, medicine, environmental science, pharmaceutical science, physiology or molecular biology. Students may also receive dual degrees through the 3-2 program in chemical engineering. (See the description under Pre-Engineering).