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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Chemistry, as a member of the College of Letters & Sciences, is to:

  • Create an environment that supports learning and research;
  • Improve student's ability to analyze problems and develop appropriate solutions;
  • Establish and maintain a community of scholars and students who aspire to high standards of achievement; and
  • Model in ourselves and encourage in our students the ideas of civic responsibility and engagement, as well as personal and professional integrity.

As a science department, we regard our mission to include:

  • Teaching students systematic methods for evaluating evidence and information by helping them to build and test scientific hypotheses and theories;
  • Fostering students' critical thinking skills such as drawing conclusions, inferring relationships, solving problems, and making predictions about the natural world; and
  • Improving science literacy for student citizens, consistent with the philosophy of liberal studies.

As a department of chemistry, we are committed to providing:

  • A rigorous, effective, and up-to-date curriculum for chemistry majors and minors, with depth of study for those students who desire to pursue advanced study in or a career related to chemistry or science education;
  • Effective and engaging courses for students who choose to take chemistry courses as either part of the breadth of a liberal arts education or whose majors or career goals require them;
  • A safe, relevant laboratory environment for practical exploration of chemical principles, methods, and techniques;
  • Relevant educational experiences in the chemical sciences through public outreach with emphasis on the UW-Whitewater service area;
  • Hands-on learning experiences in all areas of the curriculum which include the partnership of students, faculty, and staff in research and other scholarly activities;
  • Well-informed and accurate academic advising through supportive and constructive advising sessions;
  • A well-maintained collection of state-of-the-art instruments for student, faculty, and staff use;
  • Opportunities tied to environmental sustainability as part of both our curriculum and our research endeavors in order to emphasize responsible citizenry to the global community.
  • Support for the development of faculty and staff teaching innovations and research interests;
  • A strong disciplinary identity, in part by maintaining accreditation with the American Chemical Society while providing opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research through collaborations with other disciplines and departments.