Welcome to the SJSU Chemistry Department
|Our department strives to provide broad access to the highest quality education in
chemistry at the undergraduate and masters degree levels. The undergraduate degrees
offered by the Chemistry Department provide specialized knowledge in chemistry as indicated by the Chemistry Program Learning Objectives. Required course work in physics, biology, math and general education, when combined
with the chemistry curriculum, lead to the development of broad integrative knowledge. Not only does a student have to exhibit intellectual skills, they also have to demonstrate that they can apply the knowledge gained to address complex chemical problems productively as individuals and in groups.
When partnered with their general education course work, students in the chemistry
degree programs will gain a better understanding of their social and global responsibilities and the role chemistry plays in today's society.
Student learning objectives for chemistry courses serve to help the student navigate the expected educational milestones of each course so as to develop the specialized knowledge. Through laboratory course work the knowledge gained is applied to solve chemical problems. A student's chemical, technical, analysis and communication development require the skills gained in their previous lab experiences, build in complexity as a student progresses through the lab program and culminate in a capstone lab course. The Chemistry Department also provides students with the opportunity to perform chemical research with a faculty member to gain additional experience in specialized instrumentation, experiment design and the discovery of NEW chemical knowledge. This research endeavor can result in presentations and, on occasion, in co-authorship of chemical publications. For students enrolled in the graduate program, research culminates in a written thesis, one of the requirements for the MS or MA degree.
Read more about our department, facilities, and career opportunities in chemistry at: About the SJSU Chemistry Department.