Learning Goals for Majors
Desired learning outcomes for chemistry majors at Bates College
Students will be able to:
- Recall, relate, synthesize, deploy knowledge, and solve problems in foundational areas of chemistry – analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical.
- Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
- Employ modern library search tools to locate and retrieve primary chemical literature on a topic. Critically evaluate the chemical literature and use the content of articles to inform classroom and laboratory work.
- Design experiments, collect data, and interpret results so as to support or refute a hypothesis or research question.
- Use computational methods to model chemical systems and use computers for data acquisition and processing. Use appropriate software for data analysis including graphing and basic statistics.
- Communicate work to professional and general audiences in oral and written form in a manner that complies with accepted guidelines of scientific communication. Specific types of communication include written scientific reports, informal and formal oral presentations, and poster presentations.
- Follow proper procedures and regulations for safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals and practice safe laboratory procedures.
- Maintain proper records of laboratory activities.
- Work in teams in both the classroom and laboratory.
- Practice science in an ethical and responsible manner.