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2018 - 2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Department



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The Chemistry Program

The Chemistry Department offers graduate study and research leading to a Master’s degree. The programs are designed to give students a great deal of flexibility in crafting a curriculum that meets their professional goals. Thesis-based options include an M.S. involving research in any of the traditional areas (Organic, Physical, Polymer, Inorganic, Analytical, and Biochemistry) and an M.S. that concentrates on Environmental Chemistry. Non-thesis options include a program that prepares students to apply to the Ph.D. program in Applied Science and a M.A. degree program.  


All applicants must submit scores for the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the past five years, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. The subject portion (Chemistry) is recommended but not required.

Matriculating undergraduates interested in the accelerated combined B.S./M.S. degree program should contact the Chemistry Department when they arrive for advising. Chemistry majors may apply for formal admission to the accelerated degree program in the second semester of their junior year. Applicants must have completed the first two years of Chemistry, as well as the Physics and Math prerequisites, before their third year, completed all non-chemistry courses required for the B.S. degree before the fourth year, need no more than one undergraduate chemistry course and an associated lab to complete their B.S. degrees in the fourth year, and possess an overall GPA average of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in Chemistry courses.

The Graduate Admissions Committee of the Chemistry Department considers admission to the Chemistry master’s degree programs. Applicants interested in earning a Ph.D. in Applied Science based on research with one of the Chemistry faculty have the options of applying directly to the Ph.D. program in Applied Science or of applying to the Chemistry M.S. degree program with the intent of later applying for admission to the Ph.D. program in Applied Science.

Programs and Course Descriptions




    Description of Courses

    Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress  in the section entitled Graduate Regulations) and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses  requirements in the section entitled Graduate Regulations).