Jul 11, 2020
This program provides advanced study in chemistry for individuals who are currently employed in chemistry-related industrial or governmental positions, or desire professional training before entering the job market or a doctoral program.
- An undergraduate degree with a major or a strong minor (approximately 25 hours) in chemistry.
- Advanced undergraduate courses corresponding to CHEM 371 /373 , CHEM 361 or CHEM 461 and CHEM 481 , along with either CHEM 432 or CHEM 451 /CHEM 452 . The graduate coordinator may use examinations to ascertain competency and the need for remedial work in any deficient areas. A maximum of 4 credit hours of graduate credit will be allowed for courses taken to correct deficiencies.
- One year of calculus-based college physics (PHY 223 , PHY 224 ) and calculus.
- Satisfaction of the Graduate School’s admission requirements.
- Submission of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general test scores.
- GPA of at least 2.75, but 3.00 preferred.
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Students in this program follow either the Thesis Plan or the Non-Thesis Plan. Each includes a research seminar and a research experience, a course in chemical literature and four courses to satisfy distribution requirements, and additional courses to complete the stated minimum number of hours.
Thesis plan students must submit a written thesis based on original research; an oral presentation of the research to the Department of Chemistry is required. A maximum of 10 hours of CHEM 697 /698 /699 - Research in Chemistry may be used toward thesis.
This plan requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 34 hours of graduate credit. It is intended for the part-time student whose professional experience constitutes a reasonable substitute (as determined by the graduate committee) for the laboratory research of the thesis plan.
Chemistry - College of Arts & Sciences
Tim Brewer, Ph.D.
541 Mark Jefferson Science Complex
The M.S. in chemistry requires the completion of 30 to 34 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, distribution requirement courses, elective courses, a research requirement and cognate courses as follows:
Master of Science in Chemistry
Required Courses: 2 hours
Distribution Requirement Courses: 8-12 hours
Select at least one course from four of the following six areas of chemistry (courses are listed below). A grade point average of B (3.0) or better in all distribution courses is required.
Elective Courses: 6-20 hours
Six to 20 hours selected from among graduate courses at the 500- or 600-level, or from approved 400-level CHEM courses. Courses are selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator and student’s thesis research director.
Research Requirement: 6-10 hours
An approved written thesis and an oral presentation of the research to the Department of Chemistry is required.
Students must complete a satisfactory written report, in thesis style, on a project carried out in the student’s job in the off-campus setting. Industrial research experience must be judged by the department head and the graduate committee to be a reasonable substitute for a typical academic research project. Students will also present to the chemistry faculty a seminar that meets the standards for the research seminar set out in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook.
Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours
Zero to six hours selected from courses outside the Department of Chemistry in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Cognates chosen from 400-level courses will be included in the nine-hour limit.
Program Total: 30-34 hours