Mission and Learning Goals
Our Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide a curriculum and environment that enables students to achieve a level of knowledge of chemistry or biochemistry appropriate for their chosen field or liberal arts education. We provide students with the foundation in chemistry and biochemistry necessary for their pursuit of careers in industry, research, education, engineering, health professions or other interdisciplinary fields. Our courses encourage active participation and critical understanding of safety issues and subject matter in both courses and laboratories. We strive to provide our faculty with career and research opportunities for their scholarly development and provide the college and community with a resource of knowledge and professional contribution.
Students who graduate from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena College will have achieved the ability to:
- Master a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of the discipline (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry).
- Solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.
- Use computers in data acquisition and processing, and use available software as a tool in data analysis and modeling.
- Employ modern library search tools to locate and retreive scientific information about a topic, chemical, chemical/biochemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry or biochemistry.
- Understand the objective of their chemical and biochemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.
- Understand the theory behind and effectively use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
- Know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
- Communicate the concepts found within chemistry and/or biochemistry as well as the results of their laboratory experiments with clarity and coherence through effective writing and oral communication skills.
- Apply chemical principles to phenomena of the natural world.
- Successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools, in a scientific career in government or industry, in a teaching career in the school systems, or in a related career following graduation.