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
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.
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.