Mission & Learning Outcomes


The mission of the Chemistry Department at the University of Rio Grande is to provide a stimulating and positive environment for the discovery, integration, and communication of chemistry. Whether a career in the chemical sciences is desired or the pursuit of graduate or professional studies is preferred, students are prepared for future endeavors by rigorous intellectual stimulation, the development of practical laboratory skills, and the provision of opportunities for scholarly research. This environment of intellectual inquiry and professional growth is supported by the faculty’s commitment to teaching, research, and service, and is underscored by following the guidelines of the American Chemical Society. Also, this program complements the mission of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Sciences by contributing to the scientific and technological literacy, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making abilities of students from all fields and from all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills to provide solutions to theoretical and experimental problems in chemistry.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts of the five foundational areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  • Utilize various measuring techniques in the laboratory to perform accurate and precise quantitative measurements.
  • Effectively interpret and communicate experimental results.
  • Utilize computers to support the learning and practice of chemistry (data acquisition and analysis, access to information, preparation of reports, and molecular modeling).
  • Explain the relevance of chemistry to other fields and society.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy and professional ethics.