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Master of Science in Chemistry

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Each student must complete a distribution requirement consisting of 2 courses selected from the following list of introductory courses in the 4 major areas of study: CHEM 731, CHEM 737, CHEM 740, CHEM 750. The minimum total credit hours required for the master’s degree is 30.

The candidate for the master’s degree must complete a thesis that does not exceed one-third of the credit hours and demands the solution of some research problem in chemistry. The remaining work may consist of additional specialized courses in chemistry or in related fields such as physics, mathematics, microbiology, biochemistry, or chemical engineering. Students completing a master’s thesis in chemical education must take PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education and PRE 710 Introduction to Statistical Analysis. Courses from outside the department cannot be from more than 2 departments.

At the time of the completion of the thesis, a candidate for the master’s degree must pass an oral thesis defense (examination) administered by a committee of three members of the department’s Graduate Faculty.

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