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Graduate Program

The graduate program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry consists of two options. A thesis-based study leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) and a non-thesis study leading to the Master of Teaching (M.T.) in Secondary Education in Chemistry. To be considered for admission to the program, the student must hold a bachelor of science/arts degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Further criteria for admission to the department graduate program is

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
  • Superior performance in undergraduate chemistry courses.
  • Demonstration of purpose and motivation.
  • Letters of reference.

Master of Science graduate students are given appointments as research assistants or teaching assistants. The M.S. program requires a minimum of 39 hours and takes about two and one-half years to complete. The M.T. program includes graduate level chemistry courses and designated education courses consistent with the teaching profession. This program seeks to attract students who are passionate about teaching 6-12 grade students. Qualified chemistry teachers are in high demand nationwide especially with the push for more STEM scholars. The department is seeking individuals who want to inspire secondary students to learn how to implement the scientific method to investigate the natural world in a socially diverse and inclusive environment. The M.T. program requires a minimum of 59 credit hours and which includes 9 credit hours of student teaching internship and 6 credit hours in developing guided inquiry projects for the secondary school system. Participants in the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education in Chemistry can apply for scholarship funds through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.

Visit our Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program page for more details.

Graduate Curriculum Master of Science Chemistry

Course
Credits
Modern Inorganic Chemistry I CHE 601
3
Modern Inorganic Chemistry II CHE 602
3
Advanced Organic Chemistry I CHE 605
3
Advanced Organic Chemistry II CHE 606
3
Advanced Analytical Chemistry CHE 611
3
Advanced Physical Chemistry I CHE 613
3
Advanced Physical Chemistry II CHE 614
3
Seminar I CHE 615
1
Seminar II CHE 616
1
Research CHE 650
6
Thesis CHE 681
4
Total (minimum hours)
39

Graduate Electives

Course
Credits
Biochemistry I CHE 501
3-4
Biochemistry II CHE 502
3-4
Chemical Thermodynamics CHE 503
3
Molecular Spectroscopy CHE 505
3
Chemical Kinetics CHE 507
3
Environmental Chemistry CHE 509
3
Polymer Chemistry CHE 510
3
Surface Chemistry CHE 511
3
Qualitative Organic Chemistry CHE 513
3
Electronics CHE 515
3
**Modern Methods of Chemical Analysis CHE 51
3
Total Credits
33-35

**(Required Elective)

Graduate Curriculum Master of Teaching in Secondary Education in Chemistry

First and Second Years

Course
Credits
Modern Inorganic Chemistry I-II CHE 601-602
6
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I-II CHE 605-606
6
Advanced Analytical Chemistry I CHE 611
3
Advanced Physical Chemistry I CHE 613
3
Graduate Seminar I-II CHE 615-616
2
Guided-Inquiry Project Development CHE 518
6
Social Foundations of Education EDU 601
3
Human Development in Childhood Through Adolescence EDU 602
3
Integrated Curriculum and Teaching Strategies EDU 606
3
Teaching and Learning in Technology EDU 550
3
Teaching Science in Secondary Schools EDU 552
3
Total Credits
41

Third Year

Course
Credits
Directed Curriculum in Secondary Education EDU 608
3
Current Issues in Education EDU 610
3
Teaching Reading in Content Areas EDU 623
3
Student Teaching Internship EDU 647
9
Total Credits
18
Total Credit Hours for MT in Teaching
59