Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


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Chemistry is a diverse discipline that encompasses living processes, inorganic interactions, and analytical methods. The field is foundational for careers in areas such as pharmacy, forensics, medicine, the environment, space exploration, and international defense. This research-and-thesis-based masters produces graduates who are well grounded in the five sub-disciplines of chemistry and in their area of emphasis.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Chemistry?

Chemists study the basic laws of the physical world and the composition and properties of matter. Progress in chemistry has helped us to better understand our environment and how human activities impact that environment. Advances in computer technology, pharmaceuticals, space exploration, alternative fuels, and medicine all have their roots in the chemical sciences. The demand for technicians and researchers with advanced education is rising, and chemistry is at the heart of many burgeoning scientific fields. If you want to be part of the latest discoveries and developments in medicine and technology, or you want to make our world a better and safer place to live, our program might just be for you.

We'll encourage you to attain your educational goals as you conduct original research in traditional and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry. You will emerge prepared for a career in chemical analysis, research and development, or education. Our MS degree is also excellent preparation for post-graduate and professional programs at other institutions.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Environmental analyst
  • Community college instructor
  • Crime lab analyst
  • Laboratory researcher exploring: pharmaceutical drug development, new materials for space, defense, or alternate fuels applications, causes of diseases such as cancer, reactions to facilitate preparation of new drugs or materials, the chemistry of foods and flavors

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 32
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Thesis Thesis is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research is required.
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Purpose Statement

The Chemistry M.S. program prepares students for research-focused professions in the chemical sciences, emphasizing the development of a students' ability to develop experimental approaches that accurately capture information to solve questions and problems in their chemical field of study. Our faculty members conduct research in the many fields of chemistry, from the level of single molecules to whole chemical systems. From the first day of entry into our program, students work closely with their faculty mentor, selecting a course of study suited to their future goals and professional interests. The program enables graduates to contribute to the forefront of knowledge in the scientific community, share their knowledge through teaching, or apply it in public service or industry.
 
This two-year, thesis-based degree program has three distinct emphasis areas: 1) A comprehensive emphasis, (2) an emphasis in Carcinogenesis and Cancer Chemotherapy and (3) an emphasis in Bioorganic and Biomedical Chemistry. All chemistry students work closely with a faculty adviser to design and implement individual thesis research. Students in the Carcinogenesis and Cancer Chemotherapy emphasis generally focus their coursework and research on learning about cancer and its causes and treatments from a chemical perspective. Students in the Bioorganic and Biomedical Chemistry emphasis generally investigate the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry that serve as a foundation for the medical sciences.
 
The Chemistry M.S. program’s rigorous training in the chemical sciences prepares graduates for successful careers in industry, government, and academics. Our graduates can successfully communicate across multiple disciplines and negotiate scientific solutions to the wide range of chemical problems that currently challenge our society. The Chemistry curriculum trains students how to think broadly about chemical and scientific problems. The research skills gained by Chemistry students help them continue to expand their knowledge long after they graduate from the program. This training and experience helps our graduates assume leadership roles in chemical fields. Finally, the Chemistry M.S. program prepares students for entry into Ph.D. programs in chemical sciences and other related fields, if they choose to continue in an academic track.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Chemistry M.S. degree, students will be able to: 

 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science


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