Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences Statement of Core Values and Assets

Core Values

We are a unique department that believes in promoting the professional development of individual students and faculty members while at the same time working to realize our unified vision. 

We value the application of cross-disciplinary and/or collaborative work and inquiry-based thinking to the improvement of our undergraduate curriculum, the formulation and exploration of scientific questions in the area of Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, Environmental Science, Polymer Science and Chemical Education, and the enrichment and engagement of our local and global communities. 

We support a culture that promotes diversity, shared responsibility and mutual respect.

We emphasize open communication and transparent decision processes.

We have respect for the world around us and are committed to contributing to the advancement of scientific discovery in the areas of energy, sustainability and the preservation of the natural environment.

We believe in contributing to the body of knowledge in science through undergraduate research.

Core Assets

We have dedicated, effective, and innovative faculty members, staff, students and administrators.

We have teaching and research facilities that support a productive and open learning environment.

We have state-of-the-art instrumentation for teaching and research.

We have a vigorous undergraduate research program.

We have a Forensic Science Program that is unique throughout the state for its emphasis on chemistry, its breadth of courses, and its strong research component.

We have faculty members who are actively engaged in outreach through K-12 teacher and student education, safety training, and community-based curricula and research. Our expertise in polymer, forensic, environmental, and energy-related chemistry enable us to provide leadership in these areas throughout the state and the region.

 We have active student organizations (the Chemistry and the Forensic Science Clubs) which provide student support and community services.