Chemistry is the science that examines and works toward understanding changes in matter. Chemistry has been described as the central science because matter includes the entire physical world, such as the things we use, the food we eat, and even ourselves. Correlating the insights of chemistry with physics, mathematics, and molecular biology opens vistas that excite and offer opportunities to better the entire world.
Augsburg Chemistry Department, an American Chemical Society accredited department, provides high quality educational experiences for all students, both science majors and non science majors, enabling critical thinking and civic engagement. The Department is equipped with quality instrumentation, accessible to students for both coursework and research. Our dedicated faculty members are constantly engaged in teaching, collaborative research with student researchers, and career mentoring for our students. We have also enjoyed our urban setting and a tight connection with our alumni to provide industrial collaborative research and internship opportunities for our current students.
The Department of Chemistry has established the following objectives to help its students develop into mature scientists:
- To provide a course of study of sufficient rigor and depth to enable our graduates who complete our ACS chemistry major to compete successfully with their peers of similar ability in graduate school or research positions.
- To provide programs of study for professional goals in addition to the traditional positions as chemists.
- To provide an atmosphere of learning so that students will want to remain lifelong learners, thereby remaining competent in their field, however that may change after graduation, and be able to move into new areas as opportunities arise.
- To encourage students to take a broad view of their education and to integrate outside study areas with the sciences.
- To present the excitement of chemistry to non-science majors as an example of the methodology of the natural sciences in examining the world around us. The presentation of major concepts underlying the changes in matter, the opportunity to examine change in the physical world, and the reflection of the implications and limitations of science in our society will enhance the ability of non-science persons to make better value judgments concerning science questions in their own endeavors.