Program mission statement
The study of chemistry focuses on how matter is constructed,
organized, and functions. The mission of Saint Martin's University
chemistry department is to build the chemical foundation necessary to
understand chemistry as a varied and central dimension of contemporary
life as well as the technical and intellectual skills necessary to
facilitate creative problem solving. The department's courses:
- Lay a foundation of basic history, facts, and theories in chemistry.
- Provide extensive opportunities for hands-on laboratory experiences
to expand knowledge of modern research and instrumentation methods.
- Employ computers for chemical simulations and computation data
- Build on the writing skills (developed as part of the general
education curriculum) to communicate scientific concepts, methodologies,
and findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
In support of the liberal arts tradition of Saint Martin's, the
department offers courses for non-majors to introduce them to ideas from
chemistry as well as promote an appreciation for the role of scientific
inquiry in modern society.
Program goals, objectives and outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Achieve a basic awareness of current chemistry theory and
- Attain a basic awareness of the historical development of
- Expand their knowledge and experience in modern research
- Extend their knowledge and experience in modern instrumental
- Develop good written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to solve chemistry-oriented
- Demonstrate their ability to manipulate basic laboratory
equipment in a variety of laboratory settings.
- Demonstrate their ability to use computers for chemical
simulation and computation data acquisition and database usage.
- Employ modern methods of "molecular modeling" in the course
of their research.
- Be exposed to library materials and required to utilize
library research in their classes and research projects.
- Be active participants in a continuing program of "outreach" to
the campus and the wider community.