Learning goals and student learning outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing the M.S. degree in Chemistry
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a primary area of expertise in the chemical sciences and place the thesis research in the context of the current state of knowledge of the field.
- Appropriately employ models, theories, mathematical relationships and symbolic notations that are used to represent and test knowledge in the chemical sciences.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the chemical sciences and a competent understanding of the fundamental principles in related disciplinary fields through participation in coursework, seminars and group meetings.
- Employ the principles of safe practices and ethical use of scientific knowledge, materials and procedures.
- Demonstrate mastery in the concepts underlying fundamental and advanced instrumentation and techniques used in chemistry and biochemistry.
Skills and processes
- Analyze, interpret, and retrieve data from the primary and review literature, to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills for an original thesis.
- Demonstrate the ability to generate and collect data and information through designing and safely implementing original hypothesis- or data-driven experiments using contemporary methods and techniques.
- Work independently and cooperatively on an original research project to collect, interpret and analyze high quality data.
- Effectively communicate concepts, results and conclusions from the original research project in a written thesis, oral defense and poster presentations.