Chemistry Program Student Learning Goals
Major in Chemistry

Chemistry Program Student Learning Goals

Students graduating from any program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utica College will demonstrate the ability to:

Think like a chemist

  • Analyze chemical behavior using structure-function relationships
  • Assess chemical mechanisms using reaction-energy relationships
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative reasoning to solve problems

Work like a chemist

  • Exhibit a culture of workplace safety and chemical hygiene
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze structure, function, and chemical reactivity
  • Apply appropriate laboratory techniques for successful synthesis and purification of chemical compounds
  • Exhibit a familiarity with modern chemical instrumentation, including the applications, capabilities, and limitations of such tools

Write like a chemist

  • Record, in a permanent fashion, laboratory procedures and data in a concise and accurate manner
  • Write clear and effective reports of activity in the laboratory
  • Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills for presenting experimental and theoretical results as well as promoting awareness of chemical issues to the general public

Students graduating from any of our B.S. programs (B.S. Chemistry, any concentration, and B.S. Biochemistry) will be prepared to immediately enter the chemical professions upon graduation.  This includes: 

  • Entry into and success in graduate or professional school for further study in the chemical disciplines
  • Direct entry into the chemical professions

As of 2011-12

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Curtis R. Pulliam, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
270 Gordon Science Center

(315) 792-3140
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