Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have a functional knowledge of all the basic areas of chemistry including analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and biochemistry.
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge in these areas and use their critical thinking skills in order to become problem solvers.
  • Be proficient in chemistry laboratories, especially with respect to: Following and understanding general laboratory practice guidelines, especially proper laboratory safety. Performing chemical analyses. Performing simple chemical synthesis. Understanding and using modern chemical instrumentation.
  • Students graduating with a minor degree in chemistry should be proficient in the basic skills of chemistry. They will: Be able to articulate clearly scientific information, both in written and oral forms. Be able to use effectively the scientific literature.

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry will be prepared for entry into professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, pharmaceutical, or veterinary), graduate programs, or chemical industries.

Program Requirements

Students may elect to obtain a minor in chemistry in conjunction with a major in another academic discipline. The minimum departmental requirements are 18 credit hours of chemistry with at least 9 of these hours from courses at the 300 or 400 level. To meet The College's residency requirement for a minor in Chemistry, students must complete 9 credit hours from the Department of Chemistry at UMKC, and 6 of those 9 hours must be courses at the 300 or 400 level. While credit as a result of advanced placement (AP) scores and courses in Biochemistry (LS-BIOC 341, LS-BIOC 365, or LS-BIOC 366) may be used towards meeting minor requirements, they do not count towards meeting the residency requirement. In addition, the minor courses must be selected from more than one area of chemistry and a minimum grade of a C- is required for all minor and prerequisite courses.