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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline.


The Department of Chemistry offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in chemistry and, in conjunction with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, provides courses supporting the Master of Science in Education degree in secondary education with a teaching field in chemistry.

The Master of Science program is highly research oriented. Thesis research topics are available to students in the Department of Chemistry in the areas of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Prospective students can obtain information about specific research topics in these broad areas by directing an inquiry to the Graduate Program Advisor, Department of Chemistry.


In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants for the graduate program in chemistry must have completed at least 36 semester hours in chemistry with an overall grade point average of 3.2 (A=4.0). For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test, 79 on the internet-based TOEFL test, or Overall Band of 6.5 on IELTS, is required. All applicants must provide evidence to show that they can participate effectively in the department's program.  Evidence should include the completion of the baccalaureate degree in chemistry or related science majors.  Evidence might also be previous related study or creative work, two letters of recommendation, research papers, and honors and awards.


All students must complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. At least 24 hours must be in 500-level chemistry courses. Both thesis and non-thesis plans of study are available.

Both thesis and non-thesis plans require:

Core course requirements (12 hours) selected from: CHEM 511, 531, 541,551, 561.

Graduate seminar (2 hours). Attendance in CHEM 575 is required for each semester during the academic year.

Electives (6 hours). Course work may include non-chemistry courses that will contribute to the student's career objectives.

Additional requirements for thesis plan:

Successful completion of at least 10 hours of CHEM 597 and 599 is required. Satisfactory completion requires the submission of an acceptable thesis, oral presentation, and defense of thesis results.

Additional requirements for non-thesis plan:

Acceptance into the non-thesis plan by the graduate committee and ten additional hours of course work at the 500-level are required. Up to four hours of credit from CHEM 596 and 597 can be applied toward the non-thesis plan. Students who pursue the non-thesis plan of study will make an oral presentation and defense of a final paper based on a current literature topic and/or their research achievements.


Students following the thesis plan will make an oral presentation and defense of their thesis results. Students who pursue the non-thesis plan of study will make an oral presentation and defense of a final paper based on a current literature topic and/or their research achievements.


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION with a specialization in


The Department of Chemistry, in cooperation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, offers a chemistry teaching field as part of the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in curriculum and instruction. A jointly advised program ordinarily including 15 hours in chemistry will be designed, taking into account each student's background and interests. Throughout the program, students must consult the graduate program advisor before registering for any chemistry courses. Upon completion of the program, students must have accumulated at least 42 semester hours in chemistry (graduate and undergraduate course work combined). Thus, students admitted to the program with less than 27 hours of acceptable undergraduate work will be required to complete more than 15 graduate hours in chemistry in order to satisfy degree requirements. A student must achieve a 3.2 (A=4.0) grade point average in chemistry course work, as well as an average of 3.2 in all course work. For further information, see "Curriculum and Instruction" in another section of this chapter.


The Department of Chemistry offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Students with senior level status (at least 90 semester hours) and a grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) overall may be admitted to the BS/MS program that allows them to earn 24 hours of graduate level credit (400- and 500-level) during their combined senior and graduate years. An application for degree-seeking status as a graduate student must be approved by the Graduate School and the Graduate Committee in Chemistry. A program outline must also be submitted for approval by the Graduate Dean and the director of the graduate program in chemistry prior to enrollment in any courses to be included as a part of the master's program. Official admission to the program and to classified graduate status is made only after the award of the baccalaureate degree. In no case will a graduate degree be conferred before all requirements for both degrees have been completed.

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