In the Chemistry M.S. program, students will continue advanced theoretical studies in the chemical sciences in addition to practical, career-focused studies and research opportunities. The objective of the program is to prepare students with the foundation of knowledge and lab experience that they can apply to related Ph.D. programs or launch successful careers.
We expect that, as a student and/or graduate of the program, you will exhibit and/or engage in the following:
- Continued Excellence in Chemistry: Students will be motivated to enjoy and understand chemistry and see value in further education (Ph.D.) and academic or industrial careers in their area.
- Career-focused Study: Students will strengthen their education to that of a strong chemist capable of working successfully and learning independently as individuals in their target area of chemistry — within the many chemical industrial positions available. These students will serve to form strong industry–academic alliances for further interaction and benefit of both parties.
- Professional Science Communication: Students will improve and raise the level of fundamental understanding in chemistry and provide research knowledge, so they will better inform the general public or future students as teachers.
The Chemistry M.S. program offers students the opportunity to earn meaningful research experience alongside faculty at the university’s cutting-edge facilities, as well as through the university’s private and institutional research partnerships. Students will be able to engage in their research focus of interest in order to learn skills they need to prepare them for successful careers in academic, industry and government research. Along with research and study in their chosen field within the chemical sciences, we specifically aim for our students to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Broad understanding of major concepts, advanced theoretical principles, as well as experimental methods and findings in the field of chemistry.
- Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with professional conduct in a classroom and laboratory setting.
- Demonstrate efficient problem-solving skills and ability to think critically to address problems in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
- Demonstrate knowledge of lab procedures and adherence to ethical research conduct in order to properly conduct experiments, analyze data and interpret results.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, in order to communicate research and complex findings to specialist and general audiences.
- Demonstrate effective understanding and application of modern tools and equipment used for chemical analysis.
- Proficient use of computational methods used for chemical simulation.
- Demonstrate effective use of research tools needed to investigate and evaluate scientific journals for relevant findings or information.
- Demonstrate strict adherence to safety and chemical hygiene regulations and practices.