The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence in its programs. It works to help both its students and faculty discover their talents and abilities to the fullest, instilling critical and creative thinking. The Department specifically is committed to challenging its students to think and act as scientists and responsible citizens, by offering a diverse set of lecture courses and teaching approaches, as well as a significant amount of experience in laboratory work. The Department is also committed to offering its faculty the opportunity to grow as scholars and teachers. By their example and by presenting opportunities for such activity, the faculty of the Department encourages students to participate in scholarly endeavors, especially independent research. We emphasize the values of trust, respect for others, and personal and professional integrity by acting in this way and by expecting our students to do the same.