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At the graduate level, the Chemistry Department features a research-based Master of Science degree. After completion of core coursework in the major sub-disciplines, students in the Chemistry M.S. program have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research experiences, including environmental, organic synthesis, natural product isolation, computational and theoretical, analytical, nanomaterials, catalysis, polymers, biochemistry, and chemical education. The research experience is considerably enhanced by MTSU’s new 250,000-square-foot science building and upgraded instrumentation. Talented undergraduates also have the opportunity to participate in a new Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) program which enables them to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Graduates find employment in a wide range of areas as well as continuing their education in high-quality doctoral and/or professional programs. The department also participates in three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs (Molecular Biosciences, Computational Science, and Math and Science Education).
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022. Chemistry graduates with advanced degrees will particularly find better job opportunities with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. MTSU's state-of-the-art science building offers both large and small lab spaces so faculty can pursue research projects with both graduate and undergraduate students. A memorandum of understanding between the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory also has been renewed three times. Some potential professional pursuits:

Analytical chemist
Biomedical engineer
Chemical engineer
Chemistry teacher
Food scientist
Forensic scientist
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) specialist
Materials scientist
Molecular informatics specialist
Organic chemist
Patent attorney
Product development/design
Research assistant/associate
Sales/marketing – scientific equipment/pharmaceuticals

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Abbott Pharmaceutical
Albany Molecular Research
Bedford County School System
Belcher Pharmaceutical
California public school system
Commonwealth Technologies
Eli Lilly Inc.
Garratt Callahan
Harcross Chemicals
Kyzen Corp.
Lipscomb University
L. King High School
Mead Johnson
Merck Pharmaceutical
Metro-Nashville Public Schools
Middle Tennessee State University
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Palm Corp.
Pellissippi State Community College
Purdue University
Rutherford County Schools
Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals
Specialized Assays
Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Sylvan Learning
TBI Crime Laboratory
Tennessee Department of Health
Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Pollution Control
Tennessee Dept. of Health Lab Services
Test America
University of Cincinnati
Vanderbilt Drug Discovery Program
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vi-Jon Laboratories
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

Doctoral/professional programs where alumni have been accepted include:

Arizona State University
Colorado State University
Florida State University
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Niger Life University
Ohio State University
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
University of Buffalo
University of Louisville
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of Notre Dame
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
University of Tennessee-Memphis
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wright State University





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