The Chemistry Department currently offers graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry. In recent years about eight students per year have received the Ph.D. In the Chemistry Department, courses are offered in inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, advanced analytical chemistry, optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

Upon arrival, new graduate students in Chemistry take examinations in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry in order to place students properly in the graduate curriculum. The exams are nationally standardized by the American Chemical Society, and national norms are used. Appropriate course work and didactic opportunities are in place to strengthen any student weakness that may appear from the exams.

Early in the fall semester faculty present a series of short talks that describe their research interests. New graduate students attend these talks and then discuss specific research interests with individual faculty members. After this process, students normally make a decision regarding their research direction and particular advisor around the end of November of the first year. Detailed information about the degree requirements of the program can be found via the Graduate Program link of the Chemistry Department’s website.


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