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Chemistry Department Mission Statement
The Department of Chemistry at The University of Alabama is committed to the intellectual, technological, cultural, and economic advancement of the State, Region, and Nation through the discovery and development of new scientific knowledge. The research programs in the Department are both fundamental (i.e., they create new knowledge) and applied (i.e., they solve problems). Many of the Department's research endeavors are anchored in interdisciplinary efforts drawing on and adding to the research base within the University. A strong and active research effort allows the Department's faculty to keep abreast of the latest scientific advances and to impart new ideas and concepts in the Department's undergraduate and graduate curricula. The research activities also play a vital role in the education of the next generation of academic, industrial, and government laboratory chemists who will be called upon to solve new problems. By maintaining these research programs, the Department will help increase the recognition and reputation for quality of The University of Alabama locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Department is dedicated to the instruction, training, and intellectual growth of undergraduate students. The mission of the department is accomplished through the use of several mechanisms including 1) classic and innovative classroom and laboratory instruction, 2) student advising, and 3) undergraduate research. The Department reaches out not only to chemistry and science majors but also non-science majors in its mission.
The Department offers opportunities for graduate study in a variety of exciting interdisciplinary programs as well as the traditional fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemistry. The Chemistry faculty strive to offer the highest quality graduate education and are constantly trying to improve the graduate program.
Service is another important function of the Department of Chemistry. The faculty and staff are bound by mutual respect and devotion to chemistry, and will provide the benefit of their expertise to serve the People of Alabama, the Region, and the Nation. The Department of Chemistry is constantly striving to increase the depth and breadth of its outreach activities and its opportunities for technology transfer.
Overall, the Department is truly the Capstone of Chemistry within the state of Alabama and beyond.
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