Ignite new possibilities with a graduate degree
Further your knowledge and expertise of chemistry and biochemistry with a Master of Science in natural sciences with an emphasis in chemistry. The degree belongs to the College of Sciences and Mathematics as a whole, but you’ll focus primarily on chemistry courses.
This specialized training will give the credentials often needed to teach high school or community college chemistry. The master’s degree also prepares you to conduct research in industrial and commercial settings or continue with doctoral studies in chemistry or biochemistry.
Master of Science in Natural Sciences - emphasis in chemistry with thesis
The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours:
- 24 graduate semester hours of chemistry, which includes 6 hours in CHE 589 and CHE 590 for writing and defense of a thesis
- 6 graduate elective hours from other departments in the university
Master of Science in Natural Sciences - emphasis in chemistry without thesis
The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours, including:
- 24 graduate credit hours from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (18 hours in chemistry)
- 12 graduate semester hours from other departments
- A capstone project and a comprehensive examination based on student's area of study
Five-year dual degree
With careful planning, it is possible to condense the conventional six-year plan of study typically required to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s into five years. By using the summers to remove prerequisite blocks, balance academic loads and begin research work as an undergraduate, a student can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five calendar years.
Here are example programs of study leading to both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years: