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Learning Goals / Outcomes

the Department's learning goals align with several of the University's

Our Curriculum Map shows how individual courses address our learning goals and how the learning outcomes are assessed.

The mission of the University of Delaware’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to advance discovery and education:

  1. by preparing students at all levels in chemical principles, in the tools of problem solving and research

  2. by preparing science students to contribute to societal efforts to produce energy, fight disease, and produce new materials.

  3. by contributing to the liberal arts education of all University of Delaware students

  4. by developing innovations in curriculum and pedagogy to promote the above.


Graduates of the Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Education Programs of the University of Delaware will have demonstrated the following:

  1. the ability to apply major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry and biochemistry to the solution of problems — General Education Goal #2 (Critical Thinking)

  2. the ability to employ appropriate research methodologies to collect, analyze and interpret data toward the solution of a problem General Education Goal #1 (Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning)
  3. the ability to conduct a literature review to identify a research problem and develop a plan for its solution General Education Goal #'s 1 and 2 (Information Literacy, Critical Thinking)
  4. the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, data and conclusions of other's technical work General Education Goal #2 (Critical Thinking)
  5. the ability to use computers for chemical computations, data acquisition, general eEducation and data base searching General Education Goal #1 and #2 (Information Literacy, Information Technology and Quantitative Reasoning)
  6. the ability to use instrumentation for chemical analysis and characterization General Education Goal #2 (Quantitative Reasoning )
  7. an awareness of best practices for chemical safety and hygiene General Education Goal #4 (Responsibilities to self and others)
  8. the ability to work effectively in teams in both classroom and laboratory General Education Goal #3 (Ability to Work Collaboratively)
  9. an appreciation of the importance and practice of scientific ethics General Education Goal #4 (Ethics)
  10. the ability to present written and oral reports of technical information clearly and concisely General Education Goal #1 (Oral and Written Communication)