The Master of Science Degree
The M.S. program provides professional training beyond the baccalaureate. Entering students take a series of placement examinations, based on undergraduate material typical of programs approved by the American Chemical Society, in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students are required to show proficiency in each of these three areas by achieving a score of 50 percentile. Scores less than 50 percentile indicate a deficiency that must be remedied by taking a 400- or 500-level course. Students are required to remedy deficiencies in their first year of study. In selecting their course work (with the help of the Graduate Advising Committee), students remedy any deficiencies in their backgrounds and then take advanced courses to broaden their knowledge. A total of 32 hours of graduate-level courses is currently required; at least 24 of the 32 hours must be within the Department of Chemistry. At least four lecture courses must be taken at the 500 level. The selection of these courses depends upon the interest and career objective of each student and on areas of strength and deficiencies in the student's background. A description of graduate chemistry course offerings in all areas of study can be found under Graduate Course Work. Thesis research courses may be included in an M.S. program, but no more than a total of 8 semester hours of thesis research, independent studies and seminar courses may be credited toward the M.S. degree. A master’s thesis must be presented and approved when credit hours in thesis research are used to fulfill the 32-credit-hour requirement for the M.S. degree.