Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Degree: Master of Science; Master of Arts in Teaching
Michael Ogawa , Chair
Programs leading to the Master of Science and the Master of Arts in Teaching degrees are offered by the Department of Chemistry. The Master of Science in chemistry program offers thesis research opportunities in the traditional areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. Through the Center for Photochemical Sciences, the department also offers opportunities to combine the traditional disciplines with other sciences to explore basic and applied research problems in the photochemical sciences. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Photochemical Sciences. See the “Photochemical Sciences” section for further information.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Completion of an undergraduate major in chemistry as defined by the American Chemical Society is desirable. Three years of chemistry, one year of college physics, and mathematics through calculus are required.
Applicants from other undergraduate degree majors are considered for admission if they plan to specialize in biochemistry. Such applications are considered on an individual basis and enrollment in some undergraduate courses is sometimes necessary to attain prerequisites for graduate work.
Applicants seeking admission to graduate programs in chemistry should follow the instructions outlined in the “Graduate Admission” section of this catalog.
Master of Arts in Teaching
Degree requirements are listed under the heading of Master of Arts in Teaching in the “Degree Programs” section of this catalog.
Master of Science
All first-semester students must take an orientation examination in the fields of organic and physical chemistry just prior to the first registration. These are nationally standardized tests at a difficulty level similar to the final undergraduate examinations in each of these areas. The results are used to advise students in their initial course registration.
Students may pursue the M.S. degree under one of two plans.
Plan I: Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and a thesis. The following courses (or their equivalents) are required: CHEM 506; at least one course from CHEM 542, 614, 618, and 621. CHEM 681 registration is required each semester of residence. Students must complete four of the following six area choices, or have previously had their equivalent: (1) CHEM 554 or 625 (Analytical); (2) CHEM 614 or 621 (Physical); (3) CHEM 542 or 618 (Organic); (4) CHEM 563 or 616 (Inorganic); (5) CHEM 545 or 547 or any two from 641-644 (Biochemistry); and (6) approved courses in biological sciences, mathematics, or physics.
Two of the four areas must be completed with 600-level courses. Students receive credit toward graduation for no more than six hours of CHEM 699; two hours of CHEM 681; two hours of CHEM 682; two hours of CHEM 690; and three hours of CHEM 631-636. Courses such as CHEM 681, 682, 690, and 694 include a wide range of topics and specialized training sessions in laboratory and instrumentation research techniques, thereby affording students opportunities to broaden their knowledge outside their chosen specialization area.
Candidates are required to pass a written examination in their major field of research specialization at least three months prior to submitting their thesis for approval. The written examination is waived for students whose grade point average is at least 3.3 in the courses from the area choices listed above completed at the time they first satisfy the four-area and two 600-level course requirements. Candidates must complete a research project acceptable to their committee. This research is to be described and evaluated in the thesis.
Candidates must also pass an oral examination defending their thesis research and covering closely allied areas.
Plan II: Candidates must complete 33 semester hours of graduate credit and a written comprehensive examination. The following courses (or their equivalents) are required: CHEM 506 and 690; three of CHEM 542, 545, 554, and 563. Students who have taken equivalent courses as an undergraduate may not receive credit for these courses. Candidates must complete four of six area choices listed under Plan I. CHEM 681 registration is required each semester of residence.
Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours of chemistry course work, of which no more than two hours may be in CHEM 681, no more than four hours in CHEM 682, and no more than four hours in CHEM 690. CHEM 699 and CHEM 631-636 cannot be applied as credit towards the Plan II degree. Students must present two CHEM 681 seminars.
Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination covering the areas of chemistry included in their degree program not later than four weeks prior to the awarding of the degree.
Please access graduate courses online at http://webapps.bgsu.edu/courses/search.php. Graduate courses offered by the Department of Chemistry use the prefix: CHEM.