Chemistry at SIUE offers many exciting possibilities for both undergraduates and students seeking the Master of Science degree. The Department and SIUE are committed both to quality education and to creative scholarship. Both undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to work with faculty in research projects and other scholarship. The department has 20 faculty, offers an American Chemical Society-certified undergraduate program, and has ~100 majors and ~25 M.S. students. Students may choose from five undergraduate degree programs (see undergraduate handbook on left menu) and a thesis or non-thesis M.S. degree program.
We are well equipped for a midsize non-Ph.D. department (see equipment on left menu), and all equipment is available both to undergraduate and graduate students.
Reasons to Choose SIUE
For many students, we are the "right sized" department. We are big enough to provide a range of degree options, to provide access to highly qualified faculty trained in all the major sub disciplines, to provide experience with major instrumentation, and to involve students in serious research projects; small enough that each student is an important part of the department and will be taught by professors, not graduate students.
We are primarily a teaching institution, rather than a research institution or a small college. Yet we are not exclusively a teaching institution, and the student gets both the benefits of being taught by up-to-date, research-active faculty who really care about teaching, as well as the opportunity to participate in a research experience. For many students, our approach is more nurturing and suitable than either a big research university or a small college.
About the Chemistry Department and the Graduate Program
The Chemistry Department at SIUE has the faculty, the facilities, and the academic program to meet the needs of those interested in a research oriented Master of Science degree in chemistry. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The academic backgrounds and interests of the chemistry faculty span a broad range of fields in chemistry and biochemistry that are reflected in their recent publications.
This page will answer many questions about the program and its faculty, costs and living arrangements, the University, and the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. However, if there are any questions which are not answered here, we encourage you to contact any member of the faculty.