Chemistry, as a physical science, contributes to the student's vision of the universe and to an understanding of scientific truth. Students in the Chemistry Department will study chemistry as both a subject and a process. As a subject, chemistry deals with the properties of the different elements that constitute matter as we experience it, the forces that hold matter together and the energy changes associated with changes in matter. It attempts to explain how the atomic arrangements result in macroscopic properties of matter. As a process, chemistry is concerned with the tools and techniques of investigating matter, the interpretation of the results of these investigations and the various models used to explain the experimental results. Undergraduate research in chemistry is offered as a primary means of enhancing students' education.
Students majoring in chemistry will have the scientific knowledge necessary for functioning effectively in the modern world, will experience an education balanced between theory and practice that will prepare them for graduate study and will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment.