Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Chemistry, Master of Science (059)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/chemistry/


Program Coordinator

Eric D. Conte, eric.conte@wku.edu, (270) 745-6019

The graduate program in chemistry provides a unique learning and research environment and many opportunities for students to develop as independent researchers. Fifteen graduate faculty members provide personal and professional mentoring in an intrinsically collegial, yet challenging graduate experience. Available resources efficiently support the learning needs and academic ambitions of students with varied backgrounds and interests. The program is designed to offer students comprehensive training in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, coal chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.  

Concentration(s)

  • General Thesis (CTGN)
  • Biochemistry Thesis (CTBC)
  • Research Intensive Thesis (CRIT)

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, the Department of Chemistry requires:

  1. Bachelor's degree in chemistry or equivalent including supporting courses in mathematics1
  2. GPA in chemistry courses of 3.0 or greater (on 4.0 scale)
  3. GRE general scores (Q+V) and Analytical Writing.2,3

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30-32 hours)

General Thesis Concentration

Required Courses
Select 4 courses from 4 of the 5 core areas below (minimum of 2 courses at the 500 level):12
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Advanced Biochemistry
Analytical Biochemistry
Biochemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Organic Reactions
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 516Chemical Literature Review2
CHEM 588Research Proposal2
CHEM 598Graduate Seminar 12
CHEM 599Thesis Research/Writing 26
Electives
Select 6 hours of graduate lecture courses6
Total Hours30

Biochemistry Thesis Concentration

Required Courses
Select 4 courses from 4 of the 5 core areas below (minimum of 2 courses at the 500 level):12
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Advanced Biochemistry
Analytical Biochemistry
Biochemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Organic Reactions
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 516Chemical Literature Review2
CHEM 588Research Proposal2
CHEM 598Graduate Seminar 12
CHEM 599Thesis Research/Writing 26
Required Concentration Courses
CHEM 535Analytical Biochemistry3
or CHEM 562 Advanced Biochemistry
or CHEM 446G Biochemistry
CHEM 467GBiochemistry3
CHEM 447GLab Biochemistry2
Total Hours32

Research Intensive Thesis Concentration

Candidates are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate work, including 12 hours of coursework and 18 hours of research-related graduate work. Candidates must apply to the Department Graduate Committee in order to be considered for this concentration. As part of the concentration application, they must select a research advisor and meet with the committee to demonstrate they understand the requirements for this concentration. The Committee must consider factors such as previous research experience of the student, publication record of the student, and the research advisor’s publication record when determining if the student can pursue this concentration. The student and advisor must submit a progress report to the Committee by the end of the second semester. If the committee determines there is insufficient progress towards research and publication, the student will be moved to the normal thesis concentration. A student in the Research Intensive Thesis concentration may also opt to pursue the Thesis option at the end of the first or second semester after consulting with their research advisor.

A student moving to another concentration within the first or second semester should be able to complete the requirements within the average two year period. A student who wishes to move to another concentration in the second year of graduate study must get permission from the Graduate Committee and will probably require an additional semester of coursework to complete the degree.  

Required Courses
Select one of the following advanced lecture courses:3
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 598Graduate Seminar 12
CHEM 599Thesis Research/Writing 26
CHEM 516Chemical Literature Review2
CHEM 588Research Proposal 32
CHEM 596Practicum Research Experience in Chemistry 46
CHEM 595Scientific Writing in Chemistry 56
Elective
Select one additional advanced lecture course above or one of the following:3
Analytical Biochemistry
Organic Reactions
Chemical Agents and Explosives
Material Chemistry
Material Chemistry Laboratory
Total Hours30