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Bachelor of Science Major in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science Major in Chemistry

  • QS World University Rankings
    801-1000
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
Bachelor of Science Major in Chemistry Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry. Objective An understanding and appreciation of underlying chemistry is becoming increasingly important for our lives and the future of our small planet. The emphasis in all chemistry classes is to provide a thorough understanding of basic chemical concepts and to develop the competence in how to apply these concepts in a logical fashion to solve real world problems. Students can choose among a variety of degree programs designed to meet a range of career goals. The Chemistry Department has a long history of success in placing students into excellent medical, dental, pharmacy and graduate school programs. Students are also well prepared for rewarding careers in industry, government service and private business. The Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The BS Biochemistry program follows national guidelines. The more rigorous Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for a variety of options including advanced degree studies in chemistry and biochemistry, professional schools of medicine and dentistry, and careers in the chemical industry. Virtually all Bachelor of Science candidates choose undergraduate research as one of their chemistry electives. In this course the student has the opportunity to use the modern instrumentation available in the department and to work closely with faculty and graduate students on an original research project. The graduate students are typically conducting independent research projects as part of a masters or doctoral program. I. Critical Thinking/Analytical Skills A. The ability to identify and apply relevant fundamental concepts to solve a variety of problems of different complexity. B. The ability to analyze theories and methods for both strengths and weaknesses. C. The ability to respond to analysis of oneʼs own work, theories and/or methods. II. Laboratory and Research Skills A. Basic analytical and technical skills necessary to work effectively in fields of chemistry B. The ability to perform accurate quantitative measurements using modern chemical instrumentation, the ability to interpret experimental results, perform calculations with these results, and draw reasonable scientific conclusions. C. The ability to synthesize, separate, and characterize compounds using modern methodologies and techniques. D. Knowledge and understanding of safety: chemical regulations, laboratory safety, best/safe practices and chemical disposal. III. Quantitative Reasoning Skills A. The ability to accurately collect and interpret numerical data. B. The ability to solve problems competently using mathematical methods such as extrapolation, approximation, and limiting behavior, as well as exhibit understanding of concepts such as precision, accuracy, estimation, and statistical validity. C. Exhibit proficiency in the scientific method. IV. Knowledge of Chemical Facts and Information A. Will exhibit a working knowledge of the chemical principles appropriate for a degree in chemistry: thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, quantum mechanics, structure of materials, reactivities, and synthesis. B. Will exhibit a mastery of a broad set of chemical factual knowledge with respect to the properties of substances, molecules, atoms, and elements. V. Computer, Library and Information Skills A. The ability to make effective use of the library and other information resources in chemistry. Understanding of the primary literature, tabulated data, and secondary sources (such as the Internet).

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