The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in chemistry will give you the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable chemistry degree and prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist, for further study in professional schools or doctoral programs, or advancement in your current employment. There are three paths to completing your degree described below.
Traditional M.S. in Chemistry
The degree requirements for this two-year program includes 30 hours of graduate coursework and an original research project, a thesis and an oral defense. Research projects cover a wide variety of subdisciplines including materials science, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, natural products, and biochemistry. Teaching assistantships are available, and there are a limited number of in- and out-of-state tuition waivers. Although a baccalaureate degree is required, a degree in chemistry is not! We encourage applications from mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, environmental health, natural resources management, and clinical laboratory sciences undergraduates. For current WCU undergraduates, another option for completing the traditional M.S. degree is the “4 + 1” program, which provides students earning their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry a means to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry in one additional year.
Professional Science Concentration in Natural Products Chemistry
The degree requirements for the two-year program includes 30 hours of graduate coursework composed of a mixture of chemistry courses focused on natural products, business courses, and an internship or applied project. There are three professional tracks (executive, technology and financial) that share a common science core. This program is ideal for people interested in natural products who are currently employed in the private sector looking for career advancement. Although a baccalaureate degree is required, a degree in chemistry is not!
Environmental Chemistry Concentration
The degree requirements for this two-year program are similar to the traditional M.S. program except coursework and research are more focused on environmental chemistry. Several faculty have research focused on environmental remediation and natural products chemistry.