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Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Olin Hall 201
(309) 677-3030

Master of Science in Chemistry

Program Overview

The chemistry program is designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in chemistry and related disciplines. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry. 

Program Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. degree must take a minimum of 31 semester hours in chemistry and related subjects. Of these hours, 8 semester hours must be devoted to original research. A publishable thesis is required for graduation based on this research. Of the remaining courses, up to 6 semester hours may be taken at the graduate level in cognate fields such as engineering, education, mathematics, business, or biology. Individual programs of study are developed in conference between the student, the thesis advisor, and the graduate coordinator.

Faculty Research Interests

Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found in Faculty & Staff menu. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, the applicant shall have a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field and have completed one year each of college level calculus and physics. The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last sixty hours of undergraduate course work, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate chemistry courses, and a C or better in each of the following courses and their accompanying labs: general chemistry, organic chemistry (two semesters), analytical chemistry (one semester), and physical chemistry (one semester). Students lacking any of these courses may be admitted to the program conditionally, with full acceptance being granted after all undergraduate prerequisites are completed; undergraduate courses will not apply to the 31 semester hours required for the M.S. degree. 

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably complete the program in two to three years. Part-time students may take up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Ed Remsen (309) 677-3030,

Department Chair
Dr. Brad Andersh, (309) 677-3030,

Department Secretary
Sherry Crane, (309) 677-3030,