The Department of Chemistry offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in chemistry. Balanced programs of course work and research are individually designed to prepare students for careers as professional chemists or for advanced degree study. Joint programs with other departments are encouraged for students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research with emphasis in chemistry.
In order to meet the minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program in chemistry, applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must have completed most of the requirements of a BS Chemistry degree, which includes one academic year of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and physical chemistry with associated laboratories as well as one year of calculus, additional courses in quantitative analytical chemistry, instrumental analytical chemistry with laboratories and inorganic chemistry. Students who do not meet these requirements will be asked to do some remedial work in addition to fulfilling the usual graduate degree requirements. Deficiencies in instrumental analysis and inorganic chemistry may be removed with graduate credits toward the degree. Ideally, physical chemistry deficiencies should be removed before applying to our program.
The Department of Chemistry has teaching and research laboratories throughout Oelman Hall, Fawcett Hall, and the Brehm Laboratories. The department has over 30,000 square feet of teaching and research space. The department has dedicated teaching laboratories for the following disciplines: general, inorganic, organic, physical, environmental, quantitative analysis, and instrumentation chemistry courses. Every faculty member has their own independent research facilities. In the past few years the Department of Chemistry has obtained over 20 new instruments to enhance the teaching and research mission. The vast majority of these are available for "hands-on" use in our undergraduate teaching laboratories, though they share a dual mission for the research enterprise.
The Chemistry Department has facilities and personnel to support both the research and teaching missions of the department. The College of Science and Mathematics employs two instrumentation specialists, maintains an electronics shop with four electronics technicians, and maintains an instrument shop. The department has two instrumentation laboratories. One in the Brehm Laboratory basement houses many of the department teaching instruments, while a second Research Instrument Center located on the Oelman Hall fourth floor houses shared research instruments near many of the faculty research laboratories. In addition many professors have their own research instruments.