The Department of Chemistry provides for the diverse community of San José State University: (1) a rigorous, intergrated curriculum for undergraduate programs in chemistry (BA and BS degrees, and minors), (2) a viable graduate program (MA and MS degrees), (3) undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, (4) lower and upper division service courses, (5) general education courses, including K-12 teacher training and professional development, and (6) professional and scholarly opportunties for faculty.
Departmental Goals (for all B.S. and B.A. Chemistry Degrees):
- To demonstrate a general familiarity with the content, concepts, and to effectively be able to solve problems in the following areas: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.
- To apply knowledge and understanding of the practice of safe laboratory work.
- To effectively communicate science, both orally and written.
Learning Outcomes - B.S. or B.A. Chemistry
BS and BA Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon graduation, students obtaining a baccalaureate chemistry (B.S. or B.A) degree should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and to effectively solve problems in inorganic chemistry.
- Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and to effectively solve problems in organic chemistry.
- Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and to effectively solve problems in analytical chemistry.
- Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and to effectively solve problems in physical chemistry.
- Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and to effectively solve problems in biochemistry.
- Answer questions regarding safe practices in the laboratory and chemical safety.
- Demonstrate safe laboratory skills (including proper handling of materials and chemical waste) for particular laboratory experiments.
- Effectively present a scientific paper in a poster session, as per at an American Chemical Society symposium.
- Effectively present a scientific paper orally, as per at an American Chemical Society symposium.
- Write a formal scientific laboratory report, using the format and style of an article in a peer-reviewed American Chemical Society journal.
BA/BS SLOs Fall 2007 through Fall 2010 (pdf)
Learning Outcomes - M.S. or M.A. Chemistry
Students obtaining a graduate chemistry (M.S or M.A.) degree should have upon graduation:
- an increased depth of understanding of selected topics in chemistry.
- the skills for acquiring knowledge in chemistry, both for matriculation and life-long learning.
- an increased understanding of experimentation, observation and data analysis, and their application to defined questions in chemistry.
- an awareness of available instrumentation for conducting specific scientific endeavors.
- an enhanced ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for the purposes of conveying chemical information to both professional scientists and the public.
SLO 1,3,4,5: Spring 2009 and Spring 2010 (doc)
Program Planning Documents
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