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Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate chemistry program at EMU is to prepare students for entering the workforce, graduate school, professional school, or a career in high school teaching by equipping them with a foundational knowledge of chemistry and an appreciation for scientific inquiry through mentoring and training in the classroom, laboratory and community.


Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will evaluate problems in chemistry using conceptual and quantitative approaches. Components include:
  • Stoichiometry
  • Physical-Chemical properties
  • Chemical bonding and reactivity
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibria
2. Students will apply techniques in the chemical laboratory. Components include:
  • Preparation of solutions
  • Synthesis
  • Chemical hygiene (safety)
  • Data measurement and analysis
  • Set-up and use of instrumentation
3. Students will demonstrate professional skills and standards. Components include:
  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory notebooks
  • Written reports
  • Collaboration
  • Ethical standards
4. Students will practice chemistry as a scientific endeavor. Components include:
  • Articulate the purpose of an investigation in the broader context of the discipline.
  • Generate original data using appropriate methodology.
  • Evaluate the significance of original data and relevance of literature data.
  • Draw conclusions relevant to an investigation.


The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold