Chemistry, MS

The University of Scranton offers 3 distinct Master of Science programs through the Chemistry department - Biochemistry, Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry. The first chemistry graduate program at The University of Scranton was offered in 1969, the biochemistry program in 1972, and the clinical chemistry program in 1988.

Students typically enter the University's graduate programs in chemistry or biochemistry with undergraduate majors in chemistry, biology, or another natural science; in the case of the clinical chemistry program, they may also enter with an undergraduate major in medical technology.

Many enter the program immediately after earning their undergraduate degree; others enter while employed by industry, various medical laboratories, or educational institutions.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MS programs in Chemistry must possess, or be in close proximity to possessing, a baccalaureate degree which includes full-year courses in General and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical or Biophysical Chemistry, General Physics, and Mathematics through Integral Calculus. A GPA of at least 3.00 is required overall and a GPA of at least 2.75 is required in the science courses.

Certain requirements may be waived at the discretion of the department. Students with limited undergraduate course deficiencies may be admitted with the approval of the department on condition that such deficiencies are corrected concurrently with their initial graduate course.

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Curriculum

Core courses are those, within each program, that are required of all candidates. Since these are the fundamental courses that form the basis of the comprehensive examinations, it is essential that they be taken first in any candidate’s program before any electives.

Core courses for the M.S. degree in Chemistry are:


  • CHEM 530 - Structural Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 531 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 540 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 562 - Advanced Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 563 - Advanced Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
  • CHEM 570 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 571 - Analytical Methods *

 *May be waived for individuals who have previously taken an equivalent instrumental analysis laboratory course.

2017-2018 Catalog - Chemistry, M.S.

Core courses for the M.S. degree in Biochemistry are:


  • CHEM 531 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 550 - Biochemical Structure and Function
  • CHEM 551 - Biocatalysis and Metabolism
  • CHEM 563 - Advanced Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
  • CHEM 570 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 571 - Analytical Methods*

*May be waived for individuals who have previously taken an equivalent instrumental analysis laboratory course. With permission, CHEM 560/CHEM 561 may be substituted for CHEM 563 for those with a less complete background.

2017-2018 Catalog - Biochemistry , M.S.

Core courses for the M.S. degree in Clinical Chemistry are:


  • CHEM 531 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 550 - Biochemical Structure and Function
  • CHEM 551 - Biocatalysis and Metabolism
  • CHEM 554 - Biochemistry of Disease
  • CHEM 555 - Chemical Toxicology
  • CHEM 556 - Clinical Quality Control*
  • CHEM 565 - Instrumental Electronics
  • CHEM 570 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 571 - Analytical Methods+

*While registered for CHEM 556, the student will participate in a clinical affiliation. This course will ordinarily be taken as the last course in the student’s program.

+May be waived for individuals who have previously taken an equivalent instrumental analysis laboratory course.

2017-2018 Catalog - Clinical Chemistry, M.S.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Dedicated Faculty

    They encourage students to act as self-starters, empowering them to take the lead in classroom discussions, group projects and lab activities.

    A Reputation for Excellence

    Our program is approved by the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world.

    Jesuit Education

    Grounded in Jesuit values of cura personalis – care of the whole person – our chemistry program provides a rich, well-rounded learning experience.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Each year approximately 20 students in the Chemistry programs hold graduate teaching assistantships. Some of these are in the Chemistry Department, and some are in other departments (such as Biology). GTA’s in the Chemistry Department must be in the M.S. Thesis Track program. They are responsible for conducting undergraduate laboratory or recitation sections during the two regular semesters. A graduate assistant receives a stipend and is eligible for a tuition scholarship.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Loyola Science Center

    You'll have access to the latest lab equipment and all the tools you'll need in the state-of-the-art Loyola Science Center..

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    Research

    Our professors have a range of specializations providing a wide breadth of research options for our students.

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    Graduate Teaching Assistants

    GTA's assist faculty in the delivery of course content. Meet the 2016-17 grad assistants for the Chemistry dept.

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    Degree Programs Offered

    MS in Chemistry, MS in Biochemistry, MS in Clinical Chemistry, MS in Secondary Education in Chemistry

    What industries employ Chemistry graduates?

    Medicine, Industrial Research Labs, Military Intelligence, Pharmaceutical Industry, Business

    Filling A Growing Need

    Data from the ACS Committee on Professional Training Annual Report indicate that the University was tied for 18th in the nation in producing master’s graduates (17) in 2013-2014 as noted in the 2014 edition of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research.

    We were 6th among all terminal programs in the number of master’s graduates.

    We are the leader among Jesuit universities in the United States and have granted more master’s degrees in the chemical sciences during this time period.

    Meet the Program Director

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    Christopher A. Baumann, Ph.D.

    Director of Graduate Programs in Chemistry Professor of Physical Chemistry

    Education

    B.S., Oregon State University Ph.D., The University of Florida

    Contact

    (570) 941-6389

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