2017-18 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 with interests in Biochemistry, Chemical Education, Environmental Chemistry, and Materials Science, as well as in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The faculty has active research programs in Synthesis (inorganic, organic, polymer and supramolecular synthesis), Surface Chemistry (catalysis and corrosion studies), Spectroscopy (IR laser spectroscopy and bioanalytical applications for Raman and Surface Enhanced Raman methods), Structural Biology (using NMR, calorimetry and computational methods), and Biophysical studies (including cancer drug discovery). Environmental research programs focus on the development of novel miniature chemical sensors and on pesticide and herbicide transport while computational chemists are developing Ab initio and semiempirical methods to study complex biological systems and important chemical processes. The research is supported by an array of in-house equipment.  NMR spectrometers include 600-MHz and 300-MHz instruments. An EPR spectrometer and single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers with CCD detection are maintained in the department. Students also have access to a wide range of instruments including UV-vis, FT-IR, and UV/Vis/near-IR spectrophotometers, as well as mass spectrometers, including GC-MS, LC-MS, and quadrupole ion trap instruments. Individual research labs maintain an array of instruments including: lasers, an atomic force microscope, a Laser Raman microscope, ITC and DSC microcalorimeters, a stopped-flow UV/vis system, a spectrofluorimeter, a Circular Dichroism spectropolarimeter, a scanning electrochemical microscope, and numerous GC and HPLC instruments. Research and teaching assistantships are available. The department also offers five GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowships to  qualified U.S. residents.  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.  Although not required, the admissions committee encourages international students to take the GRE general test. International students may be admitted with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 477 PBT (53 iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) score of 4.5 (University minimum), but 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 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 shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  A student will not be retained 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 3.00/4.00 on all graduate courses taken after being admitted to the program is required by the University to remain in good standing. The Department of Chemistry requires a B average on all chemistry courses above the 6000 level. 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 

CH 8111Professional Chemistry1
Research6
Coursework at 8000-level or higher 122
Seminar1
Total Hours30
1

Coursework outside the department at the 6000 level may be deemed acceptable by a student’s supervisory committee but cannot constitute more than 50% of the total program.

Each graduate student must complete a research project, write a thesis, and defend their results before a faculty 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
1

Coursework outside the department at the 6000 level may be deemed acceptable by a student’s supervisory committee but cannot constitute more than 50% of the total program.

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

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

CH 6213 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor; CH 4413/6413). 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: CH 4523/6523). 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: Concurrent registration in CH 4353/6353). Three hours laboratory. Laboratory course to accompany CH 4353/6353

CH 6353 Analytical Chemistry II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 2313 or CH 2314). Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. A study of instrument-based methods in analytical chemistry

CH 6404 Biophysical Chemistry: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: PH 1123, CH 4523, MA 1723). Three hours lecture, one hour recitation. Principles of thermodynamics, solutions, electrochemistry, kinetics, transport processes, macromolecular solutions and electromagnetic properties as applied to biological systems

CH 6413 Thermodynamics and Kinetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 1223, PH 2213 or PH 1113 and MA 1723). 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: CH 1223,PH 2213 or PH 1113 and MA 1723 ). 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: CH 1221 and CH 1223. 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: CH 1223 ) Three hours lecture. A systematic study of organic chemistry including aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic compounds

CH 6521 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II: 1 hour.

(Prerequisites: CH 4511/6511 and CH 4513/6513. 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: CH 4513/6513). Three hours lecture. A systematic study of organic chemistry including aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic compounds

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