2007/2008 Graduate Catalog

| Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Rose McConnell
Graduate Committee Chairperson: T. K. Vinod
Department Office: Currens Hall 214
Department Telephone: 309/298-1538
Fax: 309/298-2180
Department E-mail:
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Graduate Faculty

Associate Graduate Faculty

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry offers work leading to the Master of Science degree through either a thesis plan or an applied plan (see degree requirements). The program is designed to prepare graduate students for continuation to the Ph.D. or other professional training, or for immediate employment in advanced positions in government, industry, or education. Through thesis and internship options, the program accommodates individual career objectives for those with degrees in chemistry and allied fields and allows those with minors in chemistry to pursue advanced work and placement in the field. The department also provides inservice training to chemists and chemical educators who are not candidates for the M.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

Students selecting chemistry as a graduate major are expected to have completed 32
semester hours of undergraduate work in the areas of general, organic, analytical,
inorganic, and physical chemistry. With permission of the department, students with at
least an undergraduate minor in chemistry may be accepted into the program. Students without one year of physical chemistry shall be required to take this course as part of their graduate program.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements

A. Diagnostic examinations in the fields of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry are administered at the time the student registers for graduate work in chemistry. The department may require students to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation on the basis of the diagnostic examinations.

B. Graduate coursework shall consist of directed electives including a minimum of four 500-level courses (12 s.h.) to comprise a total of 18 semester hours in the Applied Chemistry Plan and a total of 15 semester hours in the Thesis Plan. The 15 semester hours of directed electives must be comprised of all five disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical).

C. 300- and/or 400-level courses may be taken as deficiency courses. A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit will not count for graduate credit. All deficiency courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

D. A maximum of nine semester hours may be transferred from another institution. Such transfer credit will require approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee.

E. A degree plan must be filed immediately after the student completes 9 s.h. of graduate credit.

I. Applied Chemistry Plan

This plan is designed for those interested in graduate training for careers in specific
areas such as pollution control, forensic chemistry, agricultural chemistry, chemical
production, energy, and material resources utilization. An integral part of this program
is an internship whereby the student will spend one semester at a cooperating
industrial or government laboratory. The Graduate Committee requires students to
submit an internship report and present an oral defense following the internship.

Those students in applied chemistry who are interested in teaching at the secondary or
two-year college level are advised to have satisfied the academic requirements for
teacher certification. The internship for these students will be spent at WIU on special
projects within the general chemistry program. Eight semester hours of work in
education may be taken, and as many as five semester hours of CHEM 575-579 may be counted toward the degree.

Students may elect a minimum of eight hours of study in cognate fields, as approved
by the Departmental Graduate Committee, to complement their program. Cognate
fields, which students in the applied chemistry plan might consider, include (but are
not limited to) agriculture, biological sciences, computer sciences, law enforcement, or

CHEM 580 Seminar: 2 s.h.
CHEM 590 Internship: 10 s.h.
CHEM 591 Internship Report: 2 s.h.
Electives in cognate area: 6 s.h.
Chemistry Electives at 500 level Minimum: 12 s.h.


II. Thesis Plan

This plan is available for those students who wish to continue their professional
training with graduate work emphasizing research.

Students may elect a minimum of eight hours of study in cognate fields, as approved
by the Departmental Graduate Committee, to complement their program. Cognate
fields, which students in the thesis plan might consider, include physics, biological
sciences, mathematics, or computer science.

CHEM 580 Seminar: 2 s.h.
CHEM 600 Research: 12 s.h.
CHEM 601 Thesis: 3 s.h.
Directed Electives (includes 12 s.h. at 500 level): 15 s.h.


An oral examination covering the thesis work will be given following completion of the thesis.

Course Descriptions

401G Inorganic Chemistry III. (4) Chemistry of transition and nontransition elements and their compounds; nomenclature, stereochemistry, symmetry, bonding, solids, and acid-base theories. Laboratory involves synthesis and physicochemical measurements of selected compounds. (Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.) Prerequisites: CHEM 332 and 370 or 374.

416G Chemical Literature. (1) An introduction to searching the chemical research literature. (One lecture per week.) Prerequisite: Eighteen semester hours of chemistry.

421G Biochemistry. (4) The chemistry of major cellular constituents and their metabolism. (Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.) Prerequisite: CHEM 330 or CHEM 332.

422G Advanced Biochemistry. (4) A continuation of CHEM 421 emphasizing the regulation of biosynthetic pathways and gene expression. Laboratory includes analysis of biological molecules by GC, HPLC, UV spectroscopy, and electrophoresis. (Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory per week) Prerequisites: CHEM 421.

429G Biochemistry Topics. (1–5) Advanced topics in biochemistry arranged in one- or two-credit hour blocks to accommodate special interests. Students may take one or any combination of the special topics offered in a given semester. Prerequisite: CHEM 421.

442G Analytical Chemistry. (5) Theory and practice of analytical chemistry with emphasis on selected instrumental techniques. (Three lectures and two three-hour
laboratories per week.) Prerequisites: CHEM 341 and one semester of physical chemistry.

482G (cross-listed with PHYS 482G and BIOL 482G) Science in Context. (3) Interdisciplinary course designed for middle and high school science teachers as well as students pursuing secondary science teacher certification. Students explore science as inquiry, the unifying principles of science, and the role of social contexts and ethics in science. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

500 Special Topics. (1–4, repeatable to 8) Lectures on topics of current interest which may be supplemented by outside speakers or audio tutorial material from the American Chemical Society.

507 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (3) Kinetics and mechanisms of reactions of inorganic and organometallic complexes. Selected topics include ligand substitution, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, and electron transfer reactions and industrial processes using homogeneous catalysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 401.

521 Advanced Biochemistry. (3) An advanced treatment of biochemical topics selected on the basis of student interest and background. Prerequisite: CHEM 421.

534 Advanced Organic Chemistry. (3) Reactions, mechanisms, and structure of organic compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 332 and 375.

541 Advanced Analytical Chemistry. (3) An advanced treatment of selected topics in analytical chemistry with emphasis on chemical instrumentation. Prerequisites: CHEM 375 and 442.

571 Theoretical Physical Chemistry. (3) A course in quantum mechanism, spectroscopy, with statistical thermodynamics, with application to chemical bonding,
structure, and reaction kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 375.

580 Seminar. (1, repeatable)

590 Internship. (2–10, repeatable to 10) Internship experience in cooperating industrial laboratory, government laboratory, or chemical educational program at WIU. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

591 Internship Report. (2) An oral and written report of the internship experience.

600 Research. (2–12, repeatable)

601 Thesis. (3)