Master of Science Degree with a Major in Chemistry

The Master of Science degree with a major in chemistry is available in two options.  Option I, a thesis program, is designed to prepare students for advanced professional careers.  The Option II program is designed to prepare students for advanced technical positions in chemistry, chemical technolo­gy or chemical related industry.

Candidates for the master's degree should have completed college programs comparable to the Option I Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry offered by this department. The department's graduate faculty will act as a committee for the purpose of planning, approving, and monitoring each graduate student's program. Only senior-graduate and graduate courses in chemistry may be used to meet the degree requirements; however, credit in senior-graduate and graduate courses in other disciplines may be substituted if approved by the chemistry department's graduate faculty.

At least one three-hour graduate level course must be completed in physical chemistry and two three-hour graduate level courses must be completed from other major sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biological, computa­tional, inorganic or organic chemistry.  Enrollment and partici­pation in Colloquium is required every semester in the MS program.  All MS candidates will participate in depart­mental safety programs.

Option I:  Thesis

Graduates from this program are prepared for profes­sional careers as chemists in research or industrial settings, or to continue graduate study at PhD granting universities.

The degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours, including at least six hours of CHEM 890 Research and The­sis as determined to be necessary by the department to successfully complete approved thesis research and a formal oral defense.

Option II:  Research Problem

(Technical Emphasis)

This program is designed to prepare the graduate for a position in a chemical or chemistry related industry.  The degree requires the completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours, including at least six hours of CHEM 891 Research Problems, as determined by the department to be necessary to successfully complete the required research with a written report and oral presentation.

(Teaching Emphasis)

Secondary school science teachers electing this program will complete a minimum of 33 semester hours including at least six hours of CHEM 891 Research Problems, as determined by the department to be necessary to successfully complete the required research with a written report.

 
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