Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers the chemical training necessary for allied health areas such as nursing. The chemistry program and the biochemistry option are both accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Consistent with the university’s mission to serve as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut, the Department of Chemistry endeavors to provide a thorough, modern education in chemistry that is tailored to the individual student’s background and career objectives. The chemistry major and the biochemistry option are both accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the Department of Chemistry:

  • Continues to offer our students the highest quality undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Emphasizes laboratory techniques throughout the undergraduate curriculum to develop students’ synthetic, analytical, instrumental and computational skills.
  • Provides laboratory experiences using modern instrumentation and data reduction methods.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment through faculty mentored undergraduate research opportunities and cooperative education research.
  • Prepares students for graduate education in the sciences, the health professions and other fields of interest.
  • Assists students in discerning appropriate careers through diligent advising.
  • Provides chemical training necessary for nursing and community health students.
  • Fosters the growth and development of faculty through research, attendance at professional meetings, and publication and presentation of scholarly work.
  • Continues to collaborate with chemical industry professionals in the tri-state area to support professional growth of faculty as well as research opportunities for the students.
  • Expresses its strong commitment to public service by collaborating with regional elementary, junior and senior high school educators to promote science education. Assesses entering students’ backgrounds in math and science to place students in appropriate chemistry courses.

At the completion of their degree in chemistry:

  1. Students will demonstrate a proficiency in a majority of the six main branches of chemistry (including: general chemistry; organic chemistry; analytical chemistry; biochemistry; inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry).
  2. Students will demonstrate competence in the use of practical chemical laboratory safety, techniques and skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize scientific literature in academic and independent research.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to clearly disseminate scientific information in a written format.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to clearly disseminate scientific information in a verbal format.

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