2019-20 Academic Catalog

Chemistry

Department Head: Dr. Dennis W. Smith, Jr.
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Joseph P. Emerson
1115 Hand Chemical Laboratory
Box 9573
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-3584
E-mail: grad@chemistry.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.chemistry.msstate.edu

The Department of Chemistry provides a flexible and dynamic environment in which to pursue a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty that have interests in the traditionally defined areas of Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. Additionally, active research in the interdisciplinary areas of Chemistry Education and Polymer and Materials Science are also available. For more information write to the Graduate Coordinator or visit the Department of Chemistry's website.

Students wishing to pursue a program leading to a Master of Science degree in Chemistry are required to complete a thesis or non-thesis option outlined below. The thesis concentration requires M.S. students to engage in research with a member of the Graduate Faculty. This unique experience gives students hands-on knowledge in research and develops practical skills associated with regular laboratory practices. The non-thesis concentration requires additional coursework broadening M.S. students' educational experiences and technical knowledge. Both concentrations, however, will refine the student's knowledge in chemistry and serve as preparation for challenges in academic settings and industrial careers.

The thesis option requires a minimum of 6 hours of chemistry research (CH 8000) under the supervision of a Graduate Faculty member (research advisor) in the Department of Chemistry. Students choosing the thesis option must generate and defend an original thesis as part of a final examination for the M.S. degree program. All thesis-track students are required to complete at least 12 hours of 8000-level courses, exclusive of research hours, and 1 hour of chemistry seminar (CH 8711).

The non-thesis option requires additional coursework to generate a minimum of 30 hours. Students choosing the coursework-only option will pass a comprehensive chemistry examination directed by a Graduate Faculty member (academic advisor) in the Department of Chemistry with Graduate Coordinator approval. All non-thesis track students are required to complete at least 15 hours of 8000-level coursework, to which research credits do not apply, and 1 hour of chemistry seminar (CH 8711).

 For more information write to the Graduate Coordinator or visit the chemistry department website.

Admission Criteria

All students who have earned a B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, or other closely related field will be given full consideration for admission and the award of an assistantship.  All applicants should report their scores for the GRE general exam as part of their required application materials. International students may be admitted with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 PBT (78 iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) score of 6.0, but generally a TOEFL score of at least 550 PBT (79 iBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for a student to be considered for financial aid.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis. The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C). The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  The specific courses used to overcome these deficiencies are chosen by the Department’s Graduate Affairs committee on a case-by-case basis. Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student will be dismissed from the graduate program. A student cannot remain on provisional status for more than two semesters.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Performance

An overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required for all graduate courses taken after admission to the program is required by the University to remain in good standing. The Department of Chemistry requires grades of B or better on all chemistry courses in the student's program of study. If a student fails to meet either criterion, he or she is placed on probation. If the student does not correct the deficiency within one semester, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Master of Science in Chemistry - Thesis

CH 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Chemistry6
CH 8711Seminar1
6000-level or above courses chosen in consultation with the research advisor/committee 111
8000-level CH courses chosen in consultation with the research advisor/committee12
Total Hours30

Each graduate student must complete a research project, write a thesis, and defend their results before a graduate committee.

Master of Science in Chemistry - Non-Thesis

CH 8711Seminar1
6000-level or above courses chosen in consultation with the academic advisor/committee 114
8000-level CH courses chosen in consultation with the academic advisor/committee15
Total Hours30

Each non-thesis M.S. student must pass three comprehensive exams from the five traditional areas of chemistry, which include Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Physical, and Organic chemistry. Student must also pass an oral exam given by their graduate committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

CH 8111Professional Chemistry1
Coursework at 8000-level or higher 118
3 seminars3
CH 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Chemistry20
Total Hours42

In addition, each Ph.D. student must pass a series of cumulative exams and an oral proposal examination. 

Each Ph.D. student must complete a research project, write a dissertation, and defend their results before a graduate committee.

CH 6213 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grades of C or better in CH 3213 and either CH 4523 or CH 4564). Three hours lecture. Primarily the study of the elements in light of the periodic law; emphasis on coordination number, molecular complexes, and nuclear chemistry

CH 6303 Environmental Chemistry I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CH 1223 or in CH 1244, junior standing). Three hours lecture. A systematic study of the basic concepts of environmental chemistry. Topics include air, water, soil chemistry, pollution, and environmental regulations

CH 6351 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CH 3311. Concurrent registration in CH 4353/6353). Three hours laboratory. Laboratory course to accompany CH 4353/6353

CH 6353 Analytical Chemistry II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CH 3313). Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. A study of instrument-based methods in analytical chemistry

CH 6413 Thermodynamics and Kinetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PH 2213 or PH 1113, MA 1723, grade of C or better in CH 1223). Three hours lecture. A study of the quantitative and theoretical properties of matter. Topics include chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, and solutions

CH 6423 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PH 2213 or PH 1113, MA 1723, grade of C or better in CH 1223). Three hours lecture. Topics include solid state, surface chemistry, macromolecules, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics

CH 6511 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I: 1 hour.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CH 1221 and CH 1223 or in CH 1244. Prior credit or concurrent enrollment in CH 4513). Three hours laboratory. A laboratory course to accompany CH 4513/6513

CH 6513 Organic Chemistry I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CH 1223 or in CH 1244). Three hours lecture. A systematic study of organic chemistry including aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic compounds

CH 6521 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II: 1 hour.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CH 4511/6511 and CH 4513/6513 or in CH 4554. Prior credit or concurrent enrollment in CH 4523). Three hours laboratory. A laboratory course to accompany CH 4523/6523

CH 6523 Organic Chemistry II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CH 4513/6513 or in CH 4554). Three hours lecture. A systematic study of organic chemistry including aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic compounds

CH 6713 Study Abroad Tour: 3 hours.

Three hour study abroad. Experiential learning through travel abroad focusing on specialized areas of study in Chemistry

CH 6990 Special Topics in Chemistry: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

CH 7000 Directed Individual Study in Chemistry: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CH 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Chemistry: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CH 8111 Professional Chemistry: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Professionalism in chemistry as it applies to research, with emphasis on the different methods used for disseminating research results

CH 8203 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CH 4213/6213 and CH 4423/6423). Three hours lecture. A systematic study of coordination compounds with emphasis upon the techniques

CH 8213 Organometallic Chemistry: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The preparation, bonding, structure, spectroscopy and reactions of main group or transition metal organometallic compounds and catalysis involving organometallic intermediates

CH 8313 Advanced Analytical Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Basic principles and problems involved with chemical analysis

CH 8333 Advanced Instrumental Analysis: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CH 4353/6353 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Fourier transform and laser methods of spectroscopy, surface analysis and their application to current analytical probelsm

CH 8343 Electroanalytical Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Fundamentals of electrochemistry and application of electrochemical methods to analytical chemistry

CH 8423 Molecular Structure: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Three hours lecture. An introduction to various methods for studying molecular structure. Methods covered include quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, molecular spectroscopy, and nuclear chemistry

CH 8513 Synthetic Organic Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: 12 credits in organic chemistry). Three hours lecture. The scope and limitations of commonly employed organic preparative methods. New and unusual reagents

CH 8553 Theoretical Organic Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: 12 credits in organic chemistry). Three hours lecture. A study of the mechanisms of organic reactions

CH 8613 Methods in Biophysical Chemistry: 3 hours.

Three hours leceture. Discussion of physical methods and conceptual models used to describe the behavior or biological macromolecules and biochemical reactions

CH 8711 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Reports on recent literature by students and staff. All graduate students in chemistry required to attend. One credit for each semester's participation. Up to a total of six credits allowed for Ph.D. candidates, and three for M.S

CH 8721 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Reports on recent literature by students and staff. All graduate students in chemistry required to attend. One credit for each semester's participation. Up to a total of six credits allowed for Ph.D. candidates, and three for M.S

CH 8731 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Reports on recent literature by students and staff. All graduate students in chemistry required to attend. One credit for each semester's participation. Up to a total of six credits allowed for Ph.D. candidates, and three for M.S

CH 8990 Special Topics in Chemistry: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

CH 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Chemistry: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged