Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Chemistry

Robert E. Maleczka, Chairperson

Chemistry is the science concerned with the properties, composition, structure, and reactivity of matter.  Synthesis of new organic and inorganic compounds and materials is central to chemistry and is complemented by efforts to develop analytical methods and instrumentation needed to identify and characterize these substances. Studies of reaction rates, thermodynamics, and molecular structure contribute to a deeper understanding of chemical transformations, providing a basis for optimization of known reactions and discovery of new reactions. The work of chemists is not limited to laboratory experiments. Computational approaches are increasingly important tools in understanding molecular structure and reactivity, designing new materials, and discovering new drugs. The molecular-level understanding provided by chemistry plays an important role in interdisciplinary research to solve complex problems in medicine, energy capture and storage, advanced materials, and environmental science.  Chemists find employment in education, government, and diverse industries including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, consumer products, polymers, electronics, food, and biotechnology. Study of chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate level also provides an excellent foundation for post-graduate study in medicine, public policy and patent law.

 


Undergraduate Programs


Chemistry - Bachelor of Science

The degree Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the various fields of chemistry and the related sciences, as well as a proper educational balance in the liberal arts. The program is intended for students planning careers in the chemical industries or in governmental laboratories and for those planning graduate study in chemistry. The Bachelor of Science degree program in chemistry has been accredited by the American Chemical Society.

The completion of one or more semesters of independent research (Chemistry 400H or 420) is strongly recommended for students in this program.

A detailed description of this program may be obtained from the department.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Chemistry major is met by completing Chemistry 395, 415, 435, and 495. Those courses are referenced in items 3. b. (3) and 3. b. (4) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Chemistry (29 to 36 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 to 5 credits):  
        BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
        ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
        LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
        LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
        MMG 201 Fundamentals to Microbiology 3
        PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
        PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
        ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LB 118 Calculus I 4
        MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
      (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        LB 119 Calculus II 4
        MTH 133 Calculus II 4
        MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
      (4) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        LB 220 Calculus III 4
        MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
        MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
      (5) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
        MTH 255H Honors Differential Equations 3
        MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
        MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
      (6) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):  
        (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
          PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
          PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists I 1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists II 1
        (b) PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists I 1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists II 1
          PHY 193H Honors Physics I - Mechanics 4
          PHY 294H Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism 4
        (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
          LB 274 Physics II 4
      (7) One of the following, either (a) or (b) (4 or 6 credits):  
        (a) BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
        (b) BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
          BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    b. The following courses in the Department of Chemistry (45 or 46 credits):  
      (1) One of the following pairs of courses (7 or 8 credits):  
        (a) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
          CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
        (b) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
          CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
        (c) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
          LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
      (2) One of the following groups of courses (5 credits):  
        (a) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (b) CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (c) CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
          LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II - Reactivity Laboratory 1
      (3) All of the following courses (30 credits):  
        CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
        CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
        CEM 355 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
        CEM 356 Organic Laboratory II 2
        CEM 395 Analytical/Physical Laboratory 2
        CEM 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
        CEM 434 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
        CEM 435 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 3
        CEM 483 Quantum Chemistry 3
        CEM 484 Molecular Thermodynamics 3
        CEM 495 Molecular Spectroscopy 2
      (4) The following capstone course (3 credits):  
        CEM 415 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory 3

Chemistry - Bachelor of Arts

Many occupations require a moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas. Accordingly, the Bachelor of Arts degree is intended for the students desiring a lesser degree of specialization than required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students who desire chemistry as a major in the programs of premedicine, predentistry and prelaw, or as training for many professional or industrial positions, may elect this program. Ample opportunity in the choice of electives is provided for students who are planning to obtain positions such as the following: technical secretaries, technical librarians, technical sales personnel, chemical patent lawyers, and criminologists. Additional collateral work may be necessary if this program is presented for admission to a school of graduate studies. A more detailed statement may be obtained from the Department of Chemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Chemistry major is met by completing Chemistry 333 and 425.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. b. (5) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Chemistry (22 to 27 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 to 5 credits):  
        BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
        ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
        LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
        LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
        MMG 201 Fundamentals to Microbiology 3
        PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
        PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
        ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LB 118 Calculus I 4
        MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
      (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        LB 119 Calculus II 4
        MTH 133 Calculus II 4
        MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
      (4) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):  
        (a) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
          PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
          PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
          PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
        (b) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
          PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
          PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists I 1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists II 1
        (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
          LB 274 Physics II 4
      (5) The following course (4 credits):  
        BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    b. The following courses in the Department of Chemistry (36 or 37 credits):  
      (1) One of the following pairs of courses (7 or 8 credits):  
        (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
          CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
        (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
          CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
        (c) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
          CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
        (d) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
          LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
      (2) One of the following groups of courses (5 credits):  
        (a) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (b) CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (c) CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
          LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II - Reactivity Laboratory 1
      (3) One of the following pairs of courses (6 credits):  
        (a) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
          CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
        (b) CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
          CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
      (4) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
        CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
        CEM 355 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
      (5) All of the following courses (13 credits):  
        CEM 333 Instrumental Methods and Applications 3
        CEM 383 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3
        CEM 384 Introductory Physical Chemistry II 3
        CEM 425 Chemistry Communication and Professional Development (W) 3
        CEM 444 Chemical Safety 1
      (6) The following capstone course (3 credits):  
        CEM 311 Inorganic Chemistry 3

 


Chemical Physics

The major in Chemical Physics provides a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics for those students who have a professional interest in the areas of overlap between chemistry and physics. It is particularly suitable for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in the area of chemical physics or physical chemistry.

A detailed description of this program may be obtained from the Department of Chemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Physics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Chemical Physics major is met by completing two enrollments of Chemistry 499.  That course is referenced in item 3. b. (6) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Chemistry (47 to 56 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 to 5 credits):  
        BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
        ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
        LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
        LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
        MMG 201 Fundamentals to Microbiology 3
        PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
        PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
        ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LB 118 Calculus I 4
        MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
      (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        LB 119 Calculus II 4
        MTH 133 Calculus II 4
        MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
      (4) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        LB 220 Calculus III 4
        MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
        MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
      (5) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        MTH 235 Differntial Equations 3
        MTH 255H Honors Differential Equations 3
        MTH 340 Ordinary Differnetial Equations I 3
        MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differntial Equations 3
      (6) One of the following sets of courses (4 to 7 credits):  
        (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
          MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
        (b) MTH 299 Transitions 4
          MTH 314 Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
        (c) MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
      (7) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
        MTH 320 Analysis I 3
        MTH 415 Applied Linear Algebra 3
        MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
        MTH 428H Honors Complex Analysis 3
        MTH 441 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
        MTH 442 Partial Differential Equations 3
        MTH 443 Boundary Value Problems for Engineers 3
        MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
      (8) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):  
        (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
          PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
          PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists I 1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists II 1
        (b) PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists I 1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists II 1
          PHY 193H Honors Physics I - Mechanics 4
          PHY 294H Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism 4
        (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
          LB 274 Physics II 4
      (9) All of the following courses (12 credits):  
        PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
        PHY 321 Classical Mechanics I 3
        PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
        PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
      (10) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
        PHY 415 Methods of Theoretical Physics 4
        PHY 422 Classical Mechanics II 3
        PHY 431 Optics I   3
        PHY 472 Quantum Physics II 3
        PHY 480 Computational Physics 3
        PHY 482 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
        PHY 491 Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics 3
        PHY 492 Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics 3
    b. The following courses in the Department of Chemistry (28 to 30 credits):  
      (1) One of the following pairs of courses (7 or 8 credits):  
        (a) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
          CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
        (b) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
          CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
        (c) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
          LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
      (2) One of the following groups of courses (5 credits):  
        (a) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (b) CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
          CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
        (c) CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
          LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II - Reactivity Laboratory 1
      (3) One  of the following pairs of courses (6 credits):  
        (a) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
          CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
        (b) CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
          CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
      (4) One of the following courses (2 or 3 credits):  
        CEM 333 Instrumental Methods and Applications 3
        CEM 395 Analytical/Physical Laboratory 2
        CEM 495 Molecular Spectroscopy 2
      (5) Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
        CEM 483 Quantum Chemistry 3
        CEM 484 Molecular Thermodynamics 3
      (6) The following capstone course (2 credits):  
        CEM 499 Chemical Physics Seminar 2
        The completion of Chemistry 499 fulfills the department's capstone requirement. Two enrollments in Chemistry 499 are required, 1 credit per enrollment.  

Computational Chemistry (this program is in moratorium Summer 2013 through Spring 2017)

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in computational chemistry is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the various fields of chemistry and the related sciences, as well as a proper educational balance in the liberal arts.  In addition, it provides a means for chemistry majors with an interest in the application of computers and computing in chemistry to obtain expertise in computer fundamentals.  The program is for students planning careers in the chemical industries or in governmental laboratories and for those planning graduate study in chemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computational Chemistry

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Chemistry.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Computational Chemistry major is met by completing Chemistry 355, 395, 435, and 481.  Those courses are referenced in items 3. b. (3) and 3. b. (4) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Chemistry (49 or 50 credits):
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    MMG 205 Allied Health Microbiology 3
    PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    (2) All of the following courses (46 credits):
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    CSE 260 Discrete Structures in Computer Science 4
    CSE 320 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming 4
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    MTH 314 Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    b. The following courses in the Department of Chemistry (46 or 47 credits):
    (1) One of the following pairs of courses (7 or 8 credits):
    (a) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    (b) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    (2) One of the following pairs of courses (4 credits):
    (a) CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
    (b) CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    CEM 186H Honors Chemistry Laboratory II 2
    (3) All of the following courses (32 credits):
    CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I 2
    CEM 391 Molecular Thermodynamics 3
    CEM 392 Quantum Chemistry 3
    CEM 395 Analytical/Physical Laboratory 2
    CEM 411 Inorganic Chemistry 4
    CEM 415 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory 3
    CEM 434 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
    CEM 435 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
    CEM 495 Molecular Spectroscopy 2
    (4) The following capstone course (3 credits):
    CEM 481 Seminar in Computational Chemistry 3


Teacher Certification Options

The chemistry disciplinary majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are available for teacher certification.

A chemistry disciplinary minor is also available for teacher certification.

Students who elect a chemistry disciplinary major or the chemistry disciplinary minor must contact the Department of Chemistry.

For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.



Graduate Study

The Department of Chemistry offers the graduate degree programs that are listed below:

Master of Science
    Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy
    Chemical Physics
    Chemistry
    Chemistry—Environmental Toxicology

Descriptions of the degree programs, organized by fields of study in alphabetical order, are presented below.



Chemical Physics - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Only those persons who are enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University may petition the Committee on Chemical Physics for admission to the doctoral program in chemical physics.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemical Physics

The student must:

  1. Pass doctoral comprehensive examinations of the cumulative type.  Details about these examinations may be obtained from the department.
  2. Complete at least 6 credits in 800–900 level Chemistry courses.
  3. Complete at least 6 credits in 800–900 level Physics and Astronomy courses.
  4. Pass an oral examination on the proposed research.

 


Chemistry - Master of Science

For the Master of Science program in chemistry, the areas of study are analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The student must have a bachelor's degree and an acceptable grade–point average, and must have had in an undergraduate program one year each of general, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of calculus. Deficiencies in the undergraduate program, such as deficiencies in calculus or in foreign language, must be removed before the degree will be recommended.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Chemistry

A total of 30 credits are required for the program under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  Most students earn the degree under Plan A.  For Plan A, students are required to complete 8 credits of master's thesis research and may be permitted to complete up to 15 credits of master's thesis research; approximately two–thirds of the remaining credits are in the major area and the balance is in other areas.

All entering graduate students must take an orientation examination in each of the four major areas of chemistry and must ultimately achieve at the doctoral qualifying level in one area (for students on Plan A, that area must be the one in which the research is to be performed), and at the minimum proficiency level established by the department in the other three areas.

The program is planned by the student and the major professor in accordance with the student's desire for earning only the master's degree or continuing on to the doctorate.

 


Chemistry - Doctor of Philosophy

Programs for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, based on a broad and thorough undergraduate program, emphasize study and original research in one of the following areas: analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry, or chemical physics. Numerous cross–disciplinary research opportunities involving, for example, biochemistry or the cyclotron laboratory, are also available.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Students holding bachelor's degrees, or master's degrees or the equivalent, may be admitted for study at the doctoral level on either a provisional or regular basis. Applicants are expected to have had in their undergraduate programs one year each of general, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of calculus or their equivalents. Deficiencies in the undergraduate program must be removed. Admission to the doctoral program is dependent on having a 3.00 or better grade–point average and upon satisfactory performance on the qualification examinations given in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. The qualification examinations will be waived for students who score at the 75th percentile or higher on the Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in Chemistry.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree  in Chemistry

Satisfactory performance on doctoral comprehensive examinations of the cumulative type is required. Details about these and the qualification examinations may be obtained from the department.

Satisfactory performance on two oral examinations, one to demonstrate research preparedness and the other as a defense of the dissertation, is required.

 


Chemistry - Environmental Toxicology - Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in chemistry—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.