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CHEM 491. Senior Thesis

Credits: 1
Department: Chemistry
Description: Conclusion of the capstone experience involving a formal presentation of a research or library project. Diagnostics of Undergraduate Chemistry Knowledge (DUCK) exam administered. Friday evening symposium may be scheduled near end of semester. Normally taken in final semester.
Prerequisites: CHEM 391 (C- or better)
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Write a senior thesis paper on a research or literature topic that exhibits: i. a balanced presentation of relevant and legitimate information that clearly supports a central purpose. ii. ideas that are arranged logically and flow smoothly from one to another. iii. sentences that are well-phrased and varied in length and structure. iv. word choice that is consistently precise and accurate. v. writing free or almost free of errors. vi. format and cited references following the proper professional guidelines. vii. a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of a significant topic .
2. Present a seminar on senior thesis research or literature topic that exhibits: i. a central purpose that is clearly introduced ii. all relevant background information presented in a logical fashion iii. logical arrangement and a thoughtful, in depth analysis of a significant topic iv. visual aids that are clearly designed and effectively used v. clear delivery and the vocabulary that is consistently professional vi. a sophisticated understanding of the subject vii. a length between 25-35 minutes

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