Western Carolina University offers three concentrations under its Master of Science in Chemistry, including a traditional masters in chemistry, an environmental chemistry concentration, a professional science concentration and a comprehensive concentration. The traditional M.S. in Chemistry prepares students for research and development work in the chemistry field and can serve as a foundational degree for students hoping to pursue doctoral degrees in the health sciences. The M.S. with a concentration in environmental chemistry prepares students for work in environmental regulation, research and response. The PSM is a non-thesis masters degree that prepares people for work on the business side of the chemical industry with a focus on biopharmaceutical and natural products.
The Master of Science is a 30-semester hour program that provides opportunities to advance your knowledge of chemistry in the classroom and the laboratory. Course work includes topics such as pharmacology, biostatistics and genomics. Students on the traditional track will also work, individually, with a faculty member on an original research project in forensic chemistry, biochemistry, materials science or another subcategory of chemistry. PSM students will earn exposure to professional writing and other essential business administration skills.
Chemists have a variety of professional options available inside and outside of their specific field. Many chemists go on to continue their research in a specific discipline while other find themselves in the classroom continuing their studies or as an educator. Chemists can be found working in the fields of hazardous waste management, biotechnology, government research, agricultural chemistry and many other fields across the occupational spectrum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary of chemists and material scientists is $73,060 and expects the job field to grow 6% by 2022.