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2016-2017 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Program Mission: The Master of Science in Chemistry program at EIU is designed to provide solid training to permit graduates to obtain responsible positions in industry, governmental agencies and educational institutions while also providing strong preparation for post-graduate study in PhD and other professional programs. It uses a research intensive, 30 hour thesis model approved by the Graduate School. The program’s formal coursework centers on 15 semester hours that are designed to give students a broad background in modern chemistry. Six additional semester hours of elective courses, six semester hours of research, and three semester hours of thesis complete all credit requirements for the degree.

Five year accelerated BA/MS and BS/MS programs are available. Detailed information is available at

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). In addition, applicant must provide a documented score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include those outlined for the Master’s Degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree”). All students must take a core of courses which total 24 semester hours. Student must also take elective courses which total 6 semester hours. With permission of the graduate coordinator, one or more elective courses may be taken in departments outside Chemistry.

Five year accelerated BA/MS and BS/MS programs are available. Detailed information is available at

The following courses are required of all students:

Total credits: 24

Elective Courses

Students must take a total of 6 credits of elective courses chosen from the following list of Chemistry courses or, with permission of the graduate coordinator, courses chosen from other disciplines.
 Courses in Chemistry:

Graduate Assistantships

Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair, Chemistry, 3154 Physical Science Building, EIU. 

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