Chemistry forms the link between the fundamental principles governing the nature of the universe and the science of life. Chemistry education at SNU provides focus on a variety of inter-disciplinary areas, spanning different scientific disciplines as well as non-traditional areas in the arts and humanities; e.g. a Major in Chemistry can be combined with a Minor in Life Sciences at SNU. Or you can pursue a Major in Chemistry with a specialization in either Chemical Physics or Chemical Biology.
Our research programs reach across the campus and beyond, linking together departments, schools, interdisciplinary centers and internship opportunities in the chemical industry and national labs. University-wide elective (UWE) courses in the curriculum allow students unprecedented freedom to explore subjects outside their chosen major. This flexible and broad curriculum curriculum prepares students not just for a career in chemistry upon graduation, but for a leadership role in the world as well.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Chemistry Major at SNU provides training for students planning careers in the chemical sciences. At graduation, Chemistry Majors will have a set of fundamental competencies that encompass a core knowledge base in Chemistry, technical skills, and life skills to enhance future career prospects in a changing world.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry.
SNU Chemistry graduates will be able to:
- Master the fundamentals in the basic areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, material and biological chemistry, and demonstrate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and applications related to existing chemical and scientific theories.
- Identify and solve chemical problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem rationally estimate the solution(s) to a problem, formulate a strategy for solving the problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results scientifically.
SNU Chemistry graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand the objective of a chemical experiment, design and properly conduct experiments, perform accurate quantitative measurements, maintain accurate and complete experimental records, statistically analyse data, analyse and interpret the experimental results, assess the reliability of results, draw reasonable conclusions and discuss the sources of systematic and random error in experiments.
- Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation and techniques to perform chemical experiments.
- Maintain a culture of safety in the laboratory, use appropriate personal protective equipment, fume hoods, and other appropriate safety measures to avoid unwanted exposure to chemicals; demonstrate a familiarity with chemical safety and hygiene regulations and practices, know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals; demonstrate awareness of and ability manage/segregate chemical wastes and their associated disposal procedures; anticipate, recognize, and respond properly to hazards in the chemical laboratory, and execute appropriate precautionary measures; demonstrate ability to apply the principles of green chemistry to reduce or minimise the waste by designing/exploring experiments efficiently in a relatively hazard-free manner to ensure sustainability.
- Use computers in data acquisition and processing, chemical simulation and computation, and use available software as a tool in data analysis.
- Employ modern library search and retrieval tools to locate and retrieve scientific information about a chemical concept, chemical substance, or chemical technique, and evaluate the scientific information.
SNU Chemistry graduates will be able to:
- : Gain entry into professional schools, graduate programs, or scientific careers in government, industry, or the teaching profession, and successfully pursue their career objectives in professional and/or graduate schools, industry or government.
- Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to access and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations, evaluate actions, simplify complex problem with an effective decision strategy, solve problems, and employ critical thinking, analytical reasoning and efficient problem-solving skills.
- Communication: Demonstrate the ability to express themselves clearly and effectively communicate the results of their work and complex technical information in a concise manner to chemists and non-chemists through effective written and oral communication skills.
- Professional Integrity and Team work: Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary to work effectively in diverse teams, in both classroom and laboratory; of the ethical standards of their academic discipline / profession; and of the ethical, historical, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.
The chemistry curriculum at SNU provides both a broad background in chemical principles and in-depth study of chemistry or chemistry-related areas that build on this background. The chemistry curriculum is divided into three categories: introductory general chemistry, foundation courses providing breadth across sub-disciplines, and rigorous in-depth courses that build upon these foundations and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Since chemistry is an experimental science, substantial laboratory work is an integral part of almost all our courses. The introductory general chemistry course provides a common grounding in basic chemical concepts for students with diverse backgrounds, develops basic mathematical and laboratory skills, and prepares students for the foundation courses. Foundation courses in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry provide breadth and lay the groundwork for more in-depth course work.
Laboratory Experience: The chemistry laboratory experience at SNU includes (a) synthesis of molecules, (b) measurement of chemical properties, structures, and phenomena; (c) hands-on experience with modern analytical instrumentation, and (d) computational data analysis and modelling. All laboratory programs are conducted in a safe environment by adhering to the national as well as the state regulations regarding hazardous waste management and laboratory safety. These measures include facilities for chemical waste disposal, safety information and reference materials, and personal protective equipment for all students, faculty and faculty. The chemistry laboratories at SNU are equipped with functioning fume hoods, safety showers, eyewashes, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers. Students are trained in modern chemical safety, to understand responsible disposal techniques, to understand and comply with safety regulations, to understand and use material safety data sheets (MSDS), to recognize and minimize potential chemical and physical hazards in the laboratory, and to know how to handle laboratory emergencies effectively.
Problem-Solving Skills: As a part of the SNU experience, students will be expected to develop the ability to define problems, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data using statistical methods, and draw appropriate conclusions. The chemistry curriculum provides ample opportunities for developing both written and oral communication skills, as well as team skills. Our instructional programs incorporate team experiences in classroom and laboratory components of the chemistry curriculum.