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Washington State University Graduate School

Chemistry, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1. To enable students to prepare for professional careers in chemistry, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that will help students to:
    1. achieve expertise in fundamental areas of analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.
    2. apply theory and methodologies within these areas to conduct independent research that addresses scientific and technological problems of broad chemical interest.
    3. effectively communicate the results of their research in peer reviewed journal articles and in oral presentations to chemistry faculty and students in the department and at local, regional, and national conferences.
    4. become effective members of the scientific community by participating and taking leadership roles in teaching, professional organizations, and service on local, regional and national levels.
    5. gain experiences in a variety of career/professional development activities, such as attending grant writing/scientific writing/safety/job interview workshops, networking with industrial or academic chemists, attending national or international conferences.
    6. successfully compete for academic, industrial, and government positions on graduation.
  2. To help students to become effective researchers and contribute to scientific advancements, the program aims to help students to:
    1. become independent, motivated researchers in a specific area of study with the ability to recognize and address important scientific problems and to make original contributions to the solution of these problems.
    2. present an original proposal summarizing the existing literature in their area of study, posing an extant question or hypothesis, and presenting their plans for investigating and advancing the state of knowledge in this area.
    3. conduct independent research using sound methods of data collection and analysis.
    4. effectively present the results of their research in written and oral presentations.
    5. enable them to complete their degrees in a timely manner.
  3. To help students to become well trained and responsive TAs, the program will:
    1. have them complete a course in teaching chemistry laboratory and tutorials.
    2. monitor their skill development in performing undergraduate teaching, grading, and mentoring activities.



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