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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, Thesis, MS

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College of Sciences and Technology

Graduate Faculty

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer J., PhD, protein folding, protein engineering.
Borda, Emily J., PhD, investigation of college students’ development of epistemological beliefs about science.
Bussell, Mark E., PhD, surface and materials chemistry of catalytic and environmental processes.
Emory, Steven R., PhD, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, nanomaterials.
Gilbertson, John D., PhD, inorganic synthesis, small molecule activation, nanoparticle catalysis.
Kriz, George S., PhD, physical organic chemistry.
Murphy, Amanda., PhD, organic synthesis, polymer and materials chemistry.
O’Neil, Gregory W., PhD, natural products chemistry, organic synthesis.
Patrick, David L., PhD, analytical and computational chemistry of condensed phases.
Prody, Gerry A., PhD, biochemistry and molecular biology of plant viruses, plant pollen tubes, marine biochemistry, environmental biochemistry.
Smirnov, Serge, PhD, structure, dynamics, function and engineering of modular proteins.
Spiegel, P. Clint, PhD, RNA and protein biochemistry, ribosome structure and function.
Vyvyan, James R., PhD, organic synthesis, natural products, asymmetric catalysis.

Program Advisor: P. Clint Spiegel


This program prepares students for technical careers in industry, or for further study toward a more advanced degree.


A bachelor’s degree and departmental approval. Applicants are expected to have completed the following courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of B or better: CHEM 333, CHEM 434, CHEM 351, 352,353, CHEM 461, 462, 463, and CHEM 441 or CHEM 471, 472, 473. A student with lower than B may be required to repeat that course as determined under advisement with the graduate program advisor.

Application Information

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam, General Test.

Supporting Materials: A statement of research interests and future goals, including identification of up to three potential faculty research advisors, must accompany application.

Course Work Requirements

Thesis Option

The Master of Science thesis demonstrates that you are capable of pursuing a program of original and independent research, that you can formulate and carry out a research project, and that you can report on the project in a proper scientific manner. The thesis option prepares students for technical careers in industry, or for further study toward a more advanced degree. This option requires advanced course work in chemistry, biochemistry, or environmental chemistry, and research, with the latter culminating in a MS thesis. Shortly after entering the program students select a faculty advisor based on their research interests and agree on a research problem. Under the guidance of their faculty advisor, students carry out the research program, and write and defend the thesis in a final oral exam.

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