2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2018  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Chemistry, BA/MS

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This program is designed for students interested in a career in chemistry or in secondary school science teaching. The program provides a mixture of coursework and original research with the emphasis on the student’s research. The research areas offered include biochemistry, organic, environmental, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry. The M.S. degree helps to prepare students for future careers in chemistry, whether at a university, industry, secondary school or other chemistry-related position.

Program of Study

Beginning in the senior year, students take at least four graduate-level chemistry courses that are approved by their faculty advisor. Courses at the 300-level are eligible for graduate credit. Courses at the 200-level that are used to fulfill undergraduate required courses in the chemistry or biochemistry major cannot also be counted toward the M.S. degree. Two of the four graduate-level chemistry courses should be taken during the senior year.

Recent students have taken courses such as CHEM 331 - Advanced Organic Chemistry , CHEM 336 - Organometallic Chemistry  BCMB 366 - Biomolecular NMR  CHEM 381 - Polymer Science , CHEM 333 - Synthetic Organic Chemistry  and CHEM 379 - Computer Biochemistry . Students must also prepare a written thesis, based on original research. Typically, students will begin the research for their thesis no later than the fall of their senior year. Students conduct research working in close collaboration with faculty advisors and with doctoral students. Students should plan to work full time on their research both the summer before and the summer after their 5th year. On completion of the research, there is an oral defense of the research thesis. 

Departmental Eligibility Requirements

The Master of Science in Chemistry is open to undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors. Other undergraduate majors who complete the required courses in chemistry  CHEM 131 , CHEM 132 , CHEM 260 , CHEM 262 , CHEM 140  and CHEM 250  are also eligible for the program. All students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in courses taken in mathematics and the natural sciences as well as a grade of at least B in two chemistry directed research or honors courses.

Program Advisor

(Signature Required on the Accelerated Degree Program Advisor Form)

Sharon Huo, Department Chair & Accelerated Degree Program Advisor
Sackler Sciences Center, Room S235
Call the Chemistry Department at 508-793-7116

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