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The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chenical Society.

Richard (Rick) E. Norman

Benny Arney, Tom Chasteen, Mary Lynn DeShazo, Dustin GrossDonovan Haines, Rick Norman, Ilona Petrikovics, David Thompson, Rick White, Darren Williams

The Department of Chemistry is committed to providing an educational environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual development, and the acquisition of a foundation of knowledge and techniques required of professional chemists. This goal requires the effective representation of the fundamental areas of chemistry, a dedicated and creative faculty, and support for the many functions of the department.

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Chemistry, MS

General Information

Advisory Committee: For students completing a thesis, a thesis research project will begin in the first or second semester of graduate work. The student and the thesis director, with approval from the chair, will select two additional faculty members to serve as the thesis committee. Once enrolled in a thesis class, a student must be continually enrolled until graduation.

Period of Study: Students taking 9 semester hours of coursework each long semester and 3 semester hours each summer session will typically finish their graduate program in two years. A minimum of three long semesters and two summer sessions is required.

Comprehensive exam and oral thesis defense: An oral presentation of the thesis to the faculty in a seminar format is required, and the thesis must be defended before the student's thesis committee. All graduate students are required to pass an oral comprehensive exam based on their coursework. The oral comprehensive exam is typically concurrent with the thesis defense. Students must be enrolled the semester that they take comprehensive examinations.

Senior Courses Open to Graduate Students

CHEM 4440    Instrumental Analytical Chemistry (Credit 4)          
CHEM 4442    Air Quality (Credit 4)
CHEM 4443    Structural Spectroscopic Methods (Credit 4)
CHEM 4448    Physical Chemistry I (Credit 4)
CHEM 4367    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Credit 3)
CHEM 4449    Physical Chemistry II (Credit 4)

A maximum of six hours of 4000-level courses may be taken toward the completion of the master’s degree. Course requirements in 4000-level courses will be appropriately modified for graduate credit. 


  • The Department of Chemistry moved into an impressive new facility (the Chemistry/ Forensic Science Building) during the Fall semester of 2005 greatly expanding and improving the laboratory facilities.
  • The Department of Chemistry has recently purchased an X-ray diffractometer and continually looks for ways to improve and enhance our research equipment.


Scholarships are available from the College of Sciences and from the Office of Graduate Studies to support students’ studies. Please check the websites for the college and Graduate Studies for more information.


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