The Department of Physical Sciences challenges students to become interdisciplinary, ethically responsible professionals and scientists. Our degree programs and courses engage students with fundamental scientific content with the aim to transform them into leaders in their discipline and equip them to succeed in future careers and post-graduate studies. Our faculty foster a dynamic learning environment that broadens students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes through active-learning curricula.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes in chemistry and environmental geosciences are defined by our Educational Goals and Objectives. The Educational Goals and Objectives of the chemistry and environmental geosciences programs are aligned with each other and with the CU Educational Goals. Our programs are designed to evaluate student skill development (proficiency in interpreting data, integrating information, formulating ideas, thinking critically, and communicating with others), scientific knowledge (familiarity with principles underlying academic discourse in the sciences), and attitudes (tendencies conducive to self-knowledge, personal growth and development, and responsible citizenship as a professional).
Educational Goals and Objectives: Environmental Geosciences Program
Students in the geoscience program will be challenged to gain content knowledge and problem-solving skills across the major subfields of the geological sciences, including career-focused environmental and applied aspects of the geosciences. Students will also gain diverse communication skills, and demonstrate attitudes conducive to working in an ethical, safe, responsible, and professional manner.
Educational Goals and Objectives: Chemistry Program
Students in the chemistry program will be challenged to gain content knowledge and problem-solving skills across the five major subdivisions of the chemical sciences. They will also gain diverse communication skills, and demonstrate attitudes conducive to working in an ethical, safe, responsible, and professional manner.