Graduate Programs in Chemistry
The Chemistry Department at the
University of Scranton offers three master's degree programs: Chemistry,
Biochemistry, and Clinical Chemistry. In addition, course work is offered in
support of a master's degree in secondary education, with a specialization in
chemistry. To earn your degree, you will need 30 credits in Chemistry or
Biochemistry, or 36 hours in Clinical Chemistry. The University's Chemistry
Department is well-regarded nationally, consistently ranking as one of the top
producers of master's degrees in the United States.
We offer a strong faculty, state-of-the-art laboratories, and other facilities
suited to graduate level studies, and an array of rigorous courses. The result
is a graduate degree that will prepare you for a successful career, whether it
be in industry, secondary education, or research.
Graduate Programs in
Our students typically enter the University's graduate programs with majors in
chemistry, biology or another natural science, or, in the case of our clinical
chemistry program, with an undergraduate degree in medical technology. Many
enter the program immediately after earning their undergraduate degree; others
enter while employed by industry, various medical laboratories or educational
Chemistry and Biochemistry -- A choice of a master of science or a
master of arts degree gives you a variety of alternatives in picking a career
path. Our M.S. is ideal for upgrading your knowledge and professional
capabilities for advancement in industry positions or secondary education. Our
M.A. degree provides a solid foundation toward subsequent work for your
doctoral degree, ultimately preparing you for a role in research.
Clinical Chemistry -- This program is designed to provide advanced
scientific and management training for positions in hospitals, industrial or
private analytical laboratories. Our M.A. degree emphasizes the skills needed
for clinical research, while the University's M.S. degree is intended for
students who wish to combine their scientific training with an administrative
overview in health, medical and laboratory environments.
Approximately 20 graduate assistantships are awarded to graduate students in
the Chemistry Department each year. Awarded to full-time students on the
basis of the student's academic record, experience, and future promise, each
assistantship provides a stipend and eligibility of a tuition
The normal standards for entry are an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0
scale) overall and in science courses, and completion of an appropriate array
of courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. Deficiencies in any
of these areas will be determined upon admission. Most students admitted to the
programs have undergraduate GPA's of at least 3.0. All application materials
should be submitted at least one month prior to the term in which one expects
to begin graduate study. Applications for graduate assistantships should be on
hand by March 1 of each year.
The graduate programs in Chemistry may be pursued on either a full-time or
part-time basis. An ample number of courses are offered each term to
accommodate full-time students, but the courses are scheduled in late afternoon
and evening hours in order to accommodate part-time students. Full-time
students typically complete the program in 1 ½ to 2 years; the pace for
part-time students varies according to their own schedules.
The Chemistry Department is well equipped with modern instrumentation,
including a scanning electron microscope, IR, UV and fluorescence
spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, gas chromatograph-mass
spectrometer, and a Varian Gemini 300MHz NMR; atomic absorption, liquid
scintillation and polarographic instrumentation. In addition, the Department
has access to an electron microscope and x-ray diffraction
equipment. Students also benefit from the University's continuing
investment in modern computing facilities. The University provides an
excellent array of computing facilities, both hardware and software.
There are numerous PC computer laboratories reserved exclusively for student
use and in support of research activities on our campus. Access to the
mainframe is available as well.
Complete your chosen program's credit requirements
Pass a comprehensive examination on core courses required
Achieve a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale)
Complete a thesis based on independent research (M.A. candidates)
The specific courses needed for your graduate
degree in chemistry vary depending upon which program you select.
Available courses include:
Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
Theoretical Organic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Biochemical Structure and Function
Biocatalysis and Metabolism
Biochemistry of Disease
Clinical Quality Control
Introduction to Thermodynamics
Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Advanced Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Special Topics in Chemistry
Christopher Baumann, Ph.D.
University of Florida, Physical Chemistry molecular spectroscopy,
photochemistry, physical adsorption.
Michael Cann, Ph.D.
SUNY Stony Brook, Organic Chemistry Nitrenium ions, heterocyclic
John C. Deak, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Physical Chemistry, biophysical chemistry, supra
molecular chemistry, laser spectroscopy
Trudy A. Dickneider, Ph.D.
University of Miami, Organic Geochemistry Oil/source rock correlations,
Timothy Foley, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island, Biochemistry, subcellular signaling and
David Marx, Ph.D.
Binghamton University, Inorganic Organometallic photochemistry
David Rusak, Ph.D.
University of Florida, Analytical Chemistry, elemental analysis, lasers,
Joe Vinson, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, Analytical Chemistry Clinical and toxicological
analysis, pharmaceutical analysis.
Joan Wasilewski, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Biochemistry Molecular biology, DNA-protein
interactions, gene regulation.
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