The Loyola chemistry and biochemistry curricula are designed to provide undergraduates with a sound education in the fundamental areas of modern chemistry. The curriculum prepares chemistry and biochemistry majors to structure and interpret concepts, ideas, and relationships within the broader field of chemistry. Students who complete all required courses in the program receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The chemistry and biochemistry department has developed five learning aims for the chemistry/biochemistry major:
- Students will develop a firm understanding in the general principles of chemistry. This will take place through foundational chemistry courses, which are those typically taken by majors during their first two years at Loyola.
- Students will develop a firm understanding of detailed knowledge in specific areas of chemistry. Students take advanced courses in to each of the five major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. These advanced courses are typically taken by majors during their third and fourth years at Loyola.
- Students will develop and learn experimental techniques in the five major areas of chemistry.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemistry through written reports. The purposes of writing in the chemistry department are to determine what a student has learned; if the student can express that knowledge clearly; if the student can analyze what was read or studied; and if the student is capable of original thought.
- Students will learn to apply quantitative techniques and computational methods in the analysis of chemistry and chemical problems.