The M.A. program in chemistry has the following goals, which are designed
to build upon undergraduate training to facilitate further training or career
opportunities in the field:
- Preparation of students for successful pursuit of Ph.D. programs in chemistry.
- Provision of instruction in research methodologies useful in the workplace.
- Provision of instruction.
Students who complete the graduate program in chemistry will be able to:
- demonstrate a general knowledge of the major areas of chemistry;
- understand the operation and theory behind research instrumentation
utilized during matriculation in the program;
- contribute new information to the scientific community as a result of original
- utilize library and other resources to gather and organize known information
within a specific area of chemistry; and
- effectively communicate information resulting from laboratory work or
literature searches both orally and in writing.
Students entering the graduate program in chemistry are expected to have
completed full year courses in each of the areas of chemistry__ general, inorganic,
organic, and physical chemistry. The department may require that the student
take written placement examinations to demonstrate understanding of the general
principles of these subjects, and an ability to apply this understanding toward the
solution of specific problems. In the event that a student fails to show satisfactory
performance on placement examinations, the department may require the
student to register for prescribed undergraduate courses to correct the deficiency.
Usually no graduate credit is allowed for these prescribed undergraduate courses.
The student must meet the general graduate requirements of the University as
The student should consult the department chair or research advisor to work
out a program of study allowing for a proper distribution of courses. The
program in chemistry requires at least 30 semester hours of study for the
master's degree. CHEM 591-592, Chemical Research, is required of all M.A.
candidates, as is the master's thesis. In addition, each student is required to
participate in CHEM 501-502, Chemical Colloquium, and serve as a laboratory
assistant (minimum of six hours per week) at least four semesters of residence.
Service as laboratory assistant is considered to be a part of graduate training and
is required irrespective of sources of funding. The candidate must also pass a
final oral examination on the thesis.