Chemistry education provides the background knowledge necessary to succeed in more advanced coursework and develops both the transferable and scientific thinking skills that will be an asset in the workplace. Specific technical skills include scientific problem-solving, communicating to both technical and non-technical audiences, working in a diverse team-based environment, and accessing technical databases. Having well-supported research, internship, and other experiential learning programs are a hallmark of the most successful programs.
Problem-solving and scientific skills
Chemistry education should develop students’ ability to analyze and evaluate information objectively—identifying information of value, integrating new facts into their existing body of knowledge, and developing appropriate solutions to problems.
- Students objectively analyze and evaluate information by identifying information of value, integrating new facts into their existing body of knowledge, and developing appropriate solutions to problems.
- Students use appropriate laboratory skills and instrumentation to solve problems while explaining the fundamental uncertainties in experimental measurements
- Students identify problems clearly, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute appropriate experiments, analyze data, and draw appropriate conclusions.