Jeffrey O. Boles, Chairperson
Departmental Graduate Faculty: Jeffrey O. Boles, Andrew Callender, Jesse D. Carrick, David J. Crouse, Dale D. Ensor, Robert J. Glinski, John J. Harwood, Barbara Albers Jackson, Xiaohua Jiang, Edward C. Lisic, Daniel J. Swartling, Hong Zhang.
The Department of Chemistry offers a program of study leading to an M.S. in Chemistry designed to prepare graduates for a successful career in industry or to continue their education in a doctoral program or professional school. By offering courses in the five (5) major areas of chemistry, the students have an opportunity to reinforce their background and expand their knowledge in areas not covered by their undergraduate degree. The faculty maintains a wide variety of research programs, which gives each student a chance to conduct, evaluate, and report on original research. A low student-to-faculty ratio allows for individual attention and produces a stimulating intellectual atmosphere conducive to learning.
Fast-Track M.S. Program
The Fast-Track M.S. Chemistry program is designed for chemistry majors in the A.C.S.-certified concentration, enabling them to earn the M.S. degree in Chemistry by staying at Tech one (1) additional academic year and two (2) summers. A senior who opts for the fast-track program will take nine (9) hours graduate coursework as a senior. These hours can include either 4000/5000 dually-listed chemistry courses taken at the 5000-level OR can include 6000-level chemistry and 7000-level environmental science courses. Up to six (6) hours of this graduate coursework, exclusive of directed study, taken during the student’s senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University and must be approved as appropriate substitutions in the undergraduate curriculum for senior CHEM electives. The admission requirements are:
- Subject to approval by the chair and the chemistry graduate committee
- Overall GPA = 2.8 or above, 3.0 or above in upper-division chemistry courses
- Application allowed once Junior Standing is earned
- Can begin Fast-Track Program as a Senior
- Final B.S. must include a minimum of:
- two (2) semesters of calculus
- two (2) semesters each of general, organic, and physical chemistry
- one (1) semester each of analytical chemistry and biochemistry
Entrance to the Fast-Track program can be granted if the student has met requirements 1 and 2 above.
TTU seniors who do not fully qualify for the Fast-Track program but who plan to seek an M.S. Chemistry degree at TTU may take up to nine (9) graduate-level coursework hours as a senior. Subject to instructor approval, these hours can include either 4000/5000 dually-listed chemistry courses taken at the 5000-level OR can include 6000-level chemistry and 7000-level environmental science courses. Up to six (6) hours of this graduate coursework taken during the student’s senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.
Master of Science