Background

The Department maintains a strong Chemistry majors program supported through Chemistry options and upper-division integrated laboratories. We use inquiry-based laboratories to engage our students. Many of our students engage in high-impact learning (undergraduate research, internships on/off campus, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer activities). We offer an ACS-certified Chemistry degree, an option exercised by a high number of our undergraduate majors.

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OSU’s Strategic Plan 3.0 focuses on providing a transformational education experience for all learners. Through our role as the Central Science, we will provide a world-class educational experience for our 200+ undergraduate majors & 800+ minors through the following goals:

Education of Undergraduate Majors Goals

B1

Bring expanded vigor to the Chemistry majors program through updated upper-division laboratories, new course offerings and incorporation of a comprehensive undergraduate research internship program with a focus on student success.

B2

Develop a distance/hybrid undergraduate major degree in Chemistry by Fall 2017.

B3

Update our available undergraduate options for Chemistry majors by Fall 2016.

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Departmental Commitments

  • Reestablish a departmental Curriculum Committee in Fall 2014 tasked with overseeing curricular improvements and assessment (Supports Goal B1-B2).
  • Foster student success across all socioeconomic levels.
  • Offer at least one new summer undergraduate research program within the next five years (e.g. REU) by 2017 (Supports Goal B1).
  • Institute and facilitate Departmental guidelines by Spring 2015 to ensure our majors are all involved in one of the following high impact learning activities (undergraduate research, internship, REU or study abroad) (Supports Goals B1 & B3).
  • Launch on-line/hybrid major degree program with a Chemistry Business option by Fall 2017 (Supports Goal B2).

Potential Investments

  • Institutional Investments: A more flexible, SCH-focused budget model would enable us to proactively address capacity-related issues for on-campus courses and better accommodate our GTA needs. Targeted investments to help reduce teaching loads (particularly for junior faculty) would be enabling (Supports Goals B1-B2).
  • Infrastructure Investments:  We look forward to continuing to work with the University to address the current conditions of Gilbert and Gilbert Addition and better accommodate upper division lectures and labs. We have an immediate need to remodel Gilbert Addition Room 209 to address CH 361/362 capacity issues, which has been submitted by OSU to the State for consideration. LPSC teaching lab space will likely reach maximum (full) capacity in 2014 (Supports Goals B1-B3).
  • Foundation Partnerships: The Department aims to take a leadership role in growing experiential learning opportunities for students at OSU. Our goal is to help the Foundation engage donors in funding to support undergraduate research and internship opportunities for interested students (Supports Goals B1 & B3).