Nov 29, 2021  
Current 2021-2022 Graduate Catalogue 
    
Current 2021-2022 Graduate Catalogue

Chemistry, M.S.


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Graduate Coordinator, Main Campus: Dr. Robert Kieber

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in chemistry. The objectives of this program are to give students who have an undergraduate foundation in chemistry the opportunity to engage in advanced course work, in–depth study, and independent research in order to acquire the skills of assimilating known information and generating new knowledge. These problem–solving skills provide the foundation for future contributions by the graduates in various areas of chemistry, whether they are employed, seek employment directly or choose to undertake further graduate study elsewhere.

Admission Requirements


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in chemistry are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An official application for graduate admission
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing)
  4. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

A bachelor’s degree with a concentration in chemistry from a regionally accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, is required for admission, along with a “B” average or better in chemistry courses. Admission decisions are based upon several factors, and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission.

Degree Requirements 30 total credit hours


  1. Programs leading to the Master of Science degree require 30 credits for the thesis based Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Concentration options. No more than 12 credit hours from those courses cross listed as 400/500 may be applied toward the degree. Up to fifteen credit hours of graduate courses offered by other departments may be approved by the student’s advisor or graduate coordinator. A maximum of six credit hours may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution. Grades earned on transfer work must be equivalent to a “B” or better, and courses must be acceptable to the student’s advisor or graduate coordinator. A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate study must be completed in residence or online.
     
  2. Deficiencies in a student’s undergraduate preparation will be ascertained by the graduate coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Any deficiencies must be remedied prior to graduation.
     
  3. Capstone/Thesis Requirements:

    The traditional main campus M.S. in chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry concentration options require 30 credit hours of graduate study. A thesis, reporting the results of the student’s original research project, must be submitted by the student and approved by the student’s advisory committee. The student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the thesis.  A thesis manuscript must be sent to the Graduate School.

 

Required Core Courses: Traditional Thesis (30 total credit hours required)


Chemistry Concentration


Pharmaceutical Chemistry Concentration


Exit Requirements


Student must complete and submit a thesis approved by the student’s advisory committee. The thesis must report the results of the student’s original research project. The student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the thesis.

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