About the Department

In harmony with the University's mission, the Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides rigorous classroom education and practical laboratory training of undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. The Department recognizes the important role of research to chemical education and to the professional development of its faculty.

To support and maintain Bradley University's distinctive educational mission, the department disseminates and strives to further scientific knowledge through excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and service. The Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has three primary educational responsibilities: to provide professional education for majors and minors, to offer service courses for students in cognate fields, and to offer courses in support of General Education. These functions are carried out in the classroom and laboratory, as well as the research arena.

The global mission of the department is to provide education and training for undergraduate students, which will prepare them to compete and excel in a broad variety of careers (industry, academe, medicine, sales, etc.). The department has established several foci to facilitate the achievement of this mission:

  1. To educate students in the fundamentals of modern chemistry. A strong background in the classroom aspects of chemical and scientific literacy will enhance the graduate’s ability to describe the behavior of chemical and biochemical systems and provide solutions to chemical problems.
  2. To educate students in contemporary laboratory techniques, methodologies, and data analysis. The laboratory experience should reinforce and enhance the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  3. To enhance oral and written communications skills and to ensure that each student can collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  4. To endow each student with the proficiencies mentioned above and to provide the motivation, encouragement, and opportunities necessary for them to blend these skills into the tools they will use as critically thinking scientists and knowledgeable leaders.
  5. To develop within the students a value-centered, humanistic approach to science, so that their scientific careers will have a positive impact on contemporary and future societies.
  6. To ensure that all majors are aware of the diverse career opportunities available to program graduates.