Kathleen M. Kiedrowicz Instructor
Gregory T. Marks Assistant Professor
Kevin McMahon Associate Professor
Kent E. Molter Lecturer
Joseph J. Piatt Associate Professor
Michael D. Schuder Associate Professor
Gail M. Vojta Senior Lecturer


The Chemistry and Biochemistry Program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. This approval means that the program has the faculty, curriculum and instrumentation necessary to provide a quality education for undergraduate students.

Learning Outcomes for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Upon successful completion of the chemistry or biochemistry major, students will:

1. Understand the basic definitions, concepts and relationships of chemistry.
2. Develop advanced skills in evaluating library searches for primary literature.
3. Understand fundamental laboratory analyses and safety protocols.
4. Perform quantitative and qualitative scientific analyses.
5. Understand the basic theory and use of modern instrumentation.
6. Use computers for chemical applications including technical writing, modeling, data collecting and processing, and database searching.
7. Prepare effective written scientific reports and oral presentations for professional audiences.
8. Work cooperatively in problem solving situations.
9. Understand the benefits and problems of modern chemistry for our society.

Recognizing the individuality of students and that chemistry can be a strong preparation for a variety of careers, the program offers two majors, chemistry and biochemistry, each with multiple emphases. Each of these majors offers courses in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry, and can be supplemented by special opportunities such as industrial internships and independent research. Modern scientific instrumentation is available and incorporated into all courses of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with chemistry and biochemistry faculty about the various emphases and opportunities associated with each.

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