Skip to Navigation
Western Carolina University    
 
    
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Chemistry (M.S.)


Return to Graduate Programs Return to: Graduate Programs

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements , applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher as defined by the major department in junior/senior-level undergraduate courses in the major. A personal interview may be requested. A standardized graduate school admissions test is required. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is preferred, although other entrance exams including the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), or chemistry subject GRE can be considered as a substitute for the General Test of the GRE. Also required are three recommendations from current or former instructors or employers who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. A 1-2 page statement outlining the applicant’s goals and research interests is required.

Program Description

The program for the MS degree in chemistry requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study. At least one half of the coursework must be from those courses numbered 600 or above. For the comprehensive and environmental concentrations, an oral defense of both an approved thesis abstract and final thesis are required, as specified by the Department of Chemistry and Physics. 

Comprehensive Chemistry Concentration (30 hours)


Required Courses (12 hours)


Core (9 hours)


9 hours selected from three of the five following groups of courses:

Environmental Chemistry Concentration (30 hours)


The program for the M.S. in Chemistry with an Environmental Chemistry concentration requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including an environmentally related thesis as specified by the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Required Courses (15 hours)


Professional Science Concentration (30 hours)


The program for the M.S. in Chemistry with a Professional Science Concentration requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including an internship or applied project as specified by the Department of Chemistry and Physics.  Students will choose one of three professional “tracks” that share a common science core.  

Science Core (21 hours)


  • CHEM 689 - Cooperative Education in Chemistry Credits: 6, R6
  • 15 hours of chemistry courses or courses approved by an advisory committee that are related to the student’s career goals and are numbered 500-level or above

    AND 6 hours of

  • Students are required to work a minimum of 120 hours to satisfy the 6 credit hour internship requirement. The scheduling and duration must be negotiated and approved by the student, the student’s faculty advisor, and the internship supervisor.

  • OR 6 hours of

  • CHEM 697 - Non-thesis Research in Chemistry Credits: 1-3

Professional Tracks (9 hours)


9 hours selected from one of the following tracks:

Return to Graduate Programs Return to: Graduate Programs