Chemistry Mission

Chemistry Assessment Mission

Through the Department's degree programs, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in pursuing the following education and career paths:

  • Professional chemist in private or government industrial and commercial facilities
  • Graduate school in chemistry and related fields
  • Professional school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and other allied health fields
  • Secondary school chemistry teaching

Chemistry Learning Goals and Objectives 

  1. Students will interpret the meaning of certain historical texts in their social, political, economic, and cultural contexts and will synthesize the implications of historical developments within a particular region or culture in their written work.
    1. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and solve problems through the application of appropriate general chemistry principles.*
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and solve problems through the application of appropriate organic chemistry principles.*
    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and solve problems through the application of appropriate analytical chemistry principles.*
    4. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and solve problems through the application of appropriate physical chemistry principles.*

      * A list of course-specific goals and topics from which students will be tested is included as Appendix I.

     
  2. Chemistry graduates will be able to coherently organize and present chemical information through written and oral presentation.
    1. Chemistry graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively analyze and synthesize themes from multiple sources in the preparation of a literature review.
    2. Chemistry graduates will demonstrate the ability to relay proper understanding and application of chemistry principles through an oral presentation.
    3. Chemistry graduates will give an oral presentation, showing effective organization, communication, use of illustrations, and judgment of appropriate audience level.
       
     
  3. Chemistry graduates will have the necessary skills and knowledge to acquire entry-level positions in the field (including industry and high school teaching) or for admission to their graduate or professional schools in the field of their choice.

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  4. Chemistry graduates will value how their education enables them to make more informed assessments of and take actions on chemistry-related health and environmental issues.

    (both goals will use the same measurement tools and set of participants)

    1. Chemistry graduates who choose to pursue a chemistry-based profession will acquire entry-level employment in the chemistry field or gain admission to their graduate or professional school in the field of their choice.
    2. Chemistry graduates will value the learning of their chemistry course content as preparation for their profession.
    3. Chemistry graduates will value the learning of their chemistry course content as necessary for the understanding of chemistry as a scientific discipline.
    4. Chemistry graduates will value how the learning of their chemistry course content enables them to make more informed assessments of and take actions on chemistry-related health and environmental issues
    5. Chemistry graduates will value the various types of chemistry learning activities and resources as applied to their chemistry education.
    6. Chemistry graduates will value their overall chemistry education experience at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
       
     
  5. Chemistry students will have developed the ability to use proper scientific methodology and laboratory technique in the investigation of chemical principles through experiment.

    1. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and solve problems through the application of appropriate laboratory principles.