Chemistry - Archived 2017-18 Graduate Catalog

Chair: John Cable, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator: R. Marshall Wilson, Ph.D.
Address:132 Overman Hall
Phone: 419-372-2033
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Degrees Offered

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy – in collaboration with the Center for Photochemical Sciences a doctoral degree in Photochemical Sciences is also available.

Program Offered
Master of Science in Chemistry

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Applicants to the Master of Science program should have completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry that includes one year of college physics and mathematics through calculus.  Remedial work may be required for applicants not meeting these prerequisites.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in chemistry should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of the Graduate Catalog.  All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree Requirements
The Master of Science in Chemistry program provides an opportunity to pursue studies in the traditional areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry.  Additionally, through interaction with the Center for Photochemical Sciences, these traditional disciplines may be expanded to include studies on the interaction of light with physical, chemical, and biological systems.  A separate doctoral program in Photochemical Sciences is also available. See the Photochemical Sciences section of this catalog for further information.

Students may pursue the M.S. degree under one of two plans.  Plan I requires 30 credit hours and a thesis.  Plan II requires 33 credit hours and a comprehensive exam.

First-semester students take orientation exams in organic and physical chemistry prior to registration to advise in their initial course selection.

Students must complete at least one approved course from the organic and physical chemistry areas.  Additionally, at least one approved course must be completed from two of the following areas:  inorganic, analytical, biochemistry, or photochemical sciences.  An approved course in biological sciences, mathematics, or physics may be substituted to satisfy one of the additional area requirements.  Plan I students may count up to six credit hours of thesis research, CHEM 6990, toward their degree while Plan II students must complete at least two credit hours of directed research in chemistry, CHEM 6900.

Graduate Courses

Please access graduate courses online by clicking the Browsing Course Catalog button at Graduate courses offered by the Department of Chemistry use the prefix CHEM.