Master of Arts Program in Chemistry

Courses and Requirements

The program normally consists of three summers of full time work for 8 weeks each summer. Candidates must complete seven graduate courses (1 Bucknell course = 4 equivalent credits), including Research and Thesis. A graduate class designed for high school teachers is offered each summer. Course work for graduate credit at Bucknell during the regular academic year can be counted toward the seven courses needed. Transfer of credit from other institutions may be accepted at the discretion of the department.

In addition to course work, each student will choose a research advisor before starting the first summer of work. The student will conduct research that will culminate in a written thesis. Students will present and orally defend a master's thesis summarizing the results of their research.

Admission Requirements

Students must be full time high school teachers. A letter of recommendation and support from the principal of the school is required. An undergraduate degree in Chemistry is not required; but if the degree is not in chemistry a significant number of chemistry courses must have been completed.

Financial Aid

Bucknell will provide free housing during the summer for all M.A. candidates. In addition, by applying to the Office of Finance, students may obtain a 40% discount in tuition. Forms are available at the Graduate Studies Office. Summer Research assistantships are awarded on the basis of availability of funds and on seniority in the program.

Program for M.A. degree

1st year Program Length Credit hours Courses
Summer Research (675) 8 weeks 4 1
Research Methods (677) 8 weeks 2 0.5
Course #1 3-4 weeks 2 0.5

 

2nd year Program Length Credits Courses
Summer Research (675) 8 weeks 4 1
Research Methods (677) 8 weeks 2 0.5
Course #1 3-4 weeks 2 0.5

 

3rd year Program Length Credits Courses
Summer Research (675) 8 weeks 4 1
Research Methods (677) 8 weeks 2 0.5
Course #1 3-4 weeks 2 0.5
Thesis (699) 8 weeks and independent study as needed 4 1

CHEM 677 is called “Research Methods” and deals with laboratory issues such as safety, experimental techniques, data collection, data analysis, and the reporting of results. The other course offered each summer is in one of the major subdisciplines of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biochemistry, or environmental chemistry. Thesis is taken in the third summer.

One course is offered each summer and is in one of the major subdisciplines of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biochemistry, or environmental chemistry. Thesis is taken in the third summer. This course is open only to MA Candidates and current teachers who maybe seeking ACT 48 credits (this is a 0.5 credit course or the equivalent of 2 semester hours).

Application

Application for admission and financial aid are available from the Chemistry Department and are accepted throughout the year with preference given to applications that are completed by March 1.

James S. Swan, MA Advisor
Department of Chemistry
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837.
swan@bucknell.edu


Master of Science Program in Chemistry

Courses and Requirements

The MS program normally requires two full academic years for completion. Advanced courses at the graduate level are offered in all branches of chemistry and are described in the Graduate Catalog. Graduate students must complete at least seven courses, (typically nine for the MS degree), including research and a graduate seminar (with required participation in three of the four semesters); however, there is no uniform set of course requirements. The courses taken depend on background and interests of the individual. Entering graduate students with serious deficiencies will be advised to sit in on undergraduate courses before entering courses at the graduate level.

Candidates for the Master of Science degree must satisfactorily pass a written exam in their area of specialty and must either pass a comprehensive exam or obtain a B- or better in a graduate-level course in a total of four areas of chemistry. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required for graduation.

Students must present and orally defend a Master's thesis summarizing the results of their research. Research normally is conducted on campus under the supervision of a member of the chemistry faculty. In some cases, some or all of the work may be performed off campus. When the research is complete, it is written up as a thesis, with the research advisor providing assistance. The finished document is distributed to a reading committee (three other faculty) who are present at the final thesis defense.

Admission Requirements

The M.S. degree may be earned by those who have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or another field and who meet the other requirements of the University as set forth by the Director of Graduate Studies. The Chemistry Department requires the results of the Graduate Record Examination, and the Advanced Chemistry Examination results are strongly recommended as well. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of foreign applicants for whom English is not their native tongue.

Financial Aid

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available to support most of those who wish to pursue a Master's degree. These are awarded on the basis of undergraduate performance and potential as a graduate student and include full tuition and a stipend of $8000 for the academic year. The duties involved are assigned by the graduate coordinator within the Department and normally involve assisting a faculty member with two laboratory sections each week plus some preparation work and grading. The department expects that the two months of December/January and May (when no regular classes are held) be devoted to research by those holding a TA appointment.

Funds are usually available to provide stipends for July and August to students who are actively engaged in research. This stipend was $1500/month in 2003.

Scholarships covering tuition and fees are also available.

Application

Application for admission and financial aid are available from the Chemistry Department and are accepted throughout the year with preference given to applications that are completed by March 1 for September admission and by November 1 for January admission.

For correspondence and additional information contact:

Eric Tillman, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837.
etillman@bucknell.edu

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