College of Science and Mathematics
California Polytechnic State University
A graduate of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry should have the ability to:
• use experimental measurements and data to construct graphs and interpret
them as physical and/or chemical phenomena;
• perform stoichiometric calculations yielding results with appropriate units and
significant figures calculate amounts as well as theoretical, actual and percent
yields, solution molarity, mass percent, density, molality;
• prepare solutions to specified concentrations;
• correctly estimate the magnitude of calculated values.
• explain the quantum mechanical structure of the atom and its relation to chemical
• using phase diagrams, describe the states of matter, and the transitions between
• use the periodic table to predict the properties and structures of a species;
• identify and name atoms, ions (simple and complex), salts, organic compounds
and macromolecules; draw the structures of atoms, ions, salts, organic
compounds, and macromolecules from their names;
• explain and predict the role that size and shape of chemical species play in their
reactivity, physical properties, and function.
• explain ionic, covalent, metallic, and coordinate bonding using valence-bond,
crystal field and molecular orbital theories;
• identify and categorize bonds from hybridized orbitals;
• predict the shapes of covalent molecules and ions;
• apply bonding concepts to predict the types and extent of intermolecular forces
for a species or molecule and its resulting physical properties.
• apply kinetics, equilibrium, structure, and thermodynamics to predict the
outcomes for a given set of reaction conditions;
• apply the Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis concepts to qualitatively and
quantitatively explain acid-base reactions and equilibrium;
• recognize electrochemical reactions and cells, balance oxidation-reduction
reactions, and calculate stoichiometric relationships;
• use the concepts of chemical reactivity to predict, propose and characterize
organic and biochemical reaction mechanisms.
• qualitative and quantitative analysis;
• inorganic and organic characterizations, separations and purifications.
• visible, ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometry(Vis, UV, IR)
• mass spectrometry(MS)
• nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy(NMR)
• calorimetry and differential scanning calorimetry
• column, gas, high performance, and thin layer chromatographies
• various types of electrophoretic separations
• atomic absorption
• flash photolysis
• Raman spectroscopy
• rotational-vibrational IR
• the theoretical underpinnings of NMR
• protein analysis and purification
• DNA analysis
Apply concepts of math, physical and biological sciences to chemical problems;
integrate the concepts, skills and attitudes from a general education with his/her major program to understand and explain the impact of chemistry, science and technology on issues in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.