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P.S.M. in Chemistry

The Professional Science Master’s degree is for the chemist who intends to pursue further graduate work leading to a Ph.D. or who intends to work as a professional chemist and desires to become more competent in chemistry. This degree is research oriented, and successful completion of an experimental thesis is required. Also, two consecutive semesters of residency are required.

Four core courses, one in each of the areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, are required in the P.S.M. and M.A. programs.* Beyond this point, the programs separate, with the P.S.M. student taking more specialized work in chemistry along with an experimental research problem. The M.A. candidate will take more specialized work in chemistry and will be encouraged to take courses outside the sciences if they are relevant to the particular area of employment.

*An exception to this is afforded the student wishing to specialize in biochemistry.

Admission Criteria

General admissions requirements: Students should have completed one year each of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, general physics, and calculus. Students wishing to specialize in biochemistry should also have had an undergraduate course in biochemistry. A student deficient in the above areas of study may also be admitted, provided these deficiencies are made up concurrently with the student’s graduate studies.

Program Requirements

I. Residence Requirements

The student shall be in residence a minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time work. Students working as graduate assistants and/or making up deficiencies can expect to be in residence for at least two years.

II. For those specializing in analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry

A. Required Courses (15 cr.)

CHEM 540 Physical Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 610 Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 620 Analytical Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 630 Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
  An additional three-semester-hour 600-level chemistry course selected from analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry 3 cr.

B. Electives (6 cr.)

The student may, with the advice and approval of the advisor, select electives from chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics. CHEM 500 Special Studies can provide a maximum of three semester hours toward the 30 semester hours necessary for the degree.

III. For those specializing in biochemistry:

A. Required Courses (12 cr.)

CHEM 646 Biochemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 623 Physical and Chemical Methods of Separation 3 cr.
CHEM 630 Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
BIOL 662 Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes 3 cr.

B. Electives (a minimum of 9 cr.)

At least one of the following:

BIOL 553 Plant Physiology 3 cr.
BIOL 652 Microbial Physiology 3 cr.
BIOL 653 Animal Physiology 3 cr.
BIOL 654 Endocrinology 3 cr.

and any graduate courses in the natural sciences and mathematics mutually agreed upon by the student and advisor

IV. Research and Thesis Requirements:

A. The research work must lead to an acceptable thesis, approved by the student’s advisor and the supervisory committee and defended in a final oral examination.

B. CHEM 600 Seminar 2 cr.

C. CHEM 690 Research for at least 3 cr.

D. CHEM 795 Thesis 4 cr.

To be taken during the term in which student is writing the P.S.M. thesis.

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