Saint Louis University

Graduate Program


Director: Dana A. Baum, PhD
dbaum1@slu.edu

We are actively seeking applicants for our graduate program in chemistry. Stipends include salary, tuition, and insurance. For more information see assistantships or contact Dr. Baum

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The Chemistry Department offers two Masters Degree programs and a Ph.D. Degree:

A. Master's Degrees
B. Ph.D. Degree

The Department frequently has teaching and research assistantships available to full-time students enrolled in this program. Click here to find out more.

The proximity of Saint Louis University to a significant number of chemical industries (Sigma-Aldrich, Pfizer, Monsanto, Covidien), and the potential career opportunities that derive therefrom should appeal to those who seek an advanced degree. The size of our department enables us to offer students close personalized attention. Although ours is a small department, we have access to a number of cutting edge research tools both within the Department and in other departments and schools of the University, namely the Medical School. We also collaborate with other chemistry departments in St. Louis (University of Missouri - St Louis, Washington University), using techniques such as X-ray crystallography and microscopy. Our graduate students regularly present their work at national and international conferences, such as ACS Regional and National Meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals is considered an essential part of the dissemination of their work.

A) Master's Degrees

The Master's degree is the program that all students first enter, even ones that want to eventually work towards the Ph.D. The Chemistry Department has two master's degree programs. We have a thesis-based M.S. Degree, that is designed for full-time students who will be doing research in the department as well as writing and defending a thesis. In general, the Thesis-Based M.S. is for research students who want to finish with a master's degree.

Our second program is a coursework M.A. program (generally referred to as Non-Thesis MS) that is intended for either 1) research students who want to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program (after they have completed the M.A. Program) or 2) part-time students who want a coursework masters degree, which can be completed at night. This program does not require the writing of a thesis. If a student enters the department knowing they want to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program, M.A. is the best option for the student; however, the student should be performing research as if they were in the thesis-based MS program.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 24 hours of post-baccalaureate credit. At least one year must be completed in residence.

The requirements for the thesis-based M.S. degree include:

     • A minimum of 18 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework (exclusive of thesis research)
     • 6 hours of Thesis Research (CHEM 5990)
     • A thesis
     • A public oral presentation and a private oral examination

The requirements for the M.A. degree include:

     • A minimum of 24 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework (exclusive of thesis research)
     • An private oral examination

Coursework
Both the thesis M.S. and non-thesis M.A. degrees offer specialization in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, or biological chemistry, with cross-disciplinary activity encouraged. It is a 24 credit-hour program which includes a core curriculum of 12 hours consisting of two courses from each of two primary focus areas of advanced chemistry:

1. Synthesis & Materials Chemistry.

We seek to educate students in synthetic methodology in the traditional areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, in addition to multidisciplinary materials synthesis and contemporary techniques of characterization. Courses that satisfy this requirement are:

Click here to see graduate courses which satisfy this requirement.

2. Analytical & Physical Methods.

Most of our course offerings here deal with in-depth discussions of analytical techniques, spectroscopic analysis, and physical and theoretical probing of atomic and molecular structure and of chemical processes.

Click here
 to see graduate courses which satisfy this requirement.

 

The remaining hours (6) consists of elective coursework that come from either area above. For the thesis-based M.S. degree, the research component is credited by 6 hours devoted to thesis research (CHEM 5990). Students complete their research agenda by giving an oral presentation of their accomplishments prior to thesis defense.

The Department also offers a Master of Arts, M.A., degree that does not require a thesis. As stated earlier, this degree track is intended for 1) research students who want to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program (after they have completed the M.A.) or 2) part-time students who want a coursework masters degree, which can be completed at night. This course of study also requires a total of 24 hours of graduate credit. The student will need to meet the same core curriculum requirements as thesis-based M.S. students (12 hours from Part 1 & Part 2), with the rest of the hours coming for other courses in these areas (see the worksheet for more details). For a student wanting to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program, there is the same expectation for research progress as those in the thesis-based M.S.-- program. The flexibility built into this degree option allows the student to tailor a program of study to suit his or her individual needs.

See the attached worksheets for the different Master's degree routes. It is highly suggested that students complete their appropriate worksheet each semester.

M.A. students wanting to transition into Ph.D. program

Thesis-based M.S.

M.A. students not doing research


B) Ph.D. Degree

For those students coming into the program with a BA or BS degree, the student should first enter the M.A. program. Once that program is complete there is a mechanism to transition into the Ph.D. program. Below is an outline of the Ph.D. program structure. A total of 39 credit hours will be required with 12 hours coming from dissertation research credits. An appropriate coursework track will be developed by the student and mentor and approved by the Graduate Program Director and/or the Department Chair. A portion of these units may be fulfilled from chemistry lecture courses and Introduction to Research courses taken as part of the M.A. program taken at SLU. There is a detailed worksheet that simplifies the courses that are needed for the Ph.D. degree. It is highly suggested that students complete their appropriate worksheet each semester.

 

I.  Core Curriculum (12 hours)

A core curriculum of 12 hours consisting of two courses from each of two primary focus areas of advanced chemistry

1. Synthesis & Materials Chemistry.

We seek to educate students in synthetic methodology in the traditional areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, in addition to multidisciplinary materials synthesis and contemporary techniques of characterization. Courses that satisfy this requirement are:

CHEM 5160 Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5400 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
CHEM 5440 Bioorganic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5450 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5460 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5470 Medicinal Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5500 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5550 Organometallic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5560 Solid State Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5590 Special Topics - Inorganic (3)
CHEM 5800 Nanomaterials (3)
CHEM 5850 Polymer Chemistry (3)

2. Analytical & Physical Methods.

Most of our course offerings here deal with in-depth discussions of analytical techniques, spectroscopic analysis, and physical and theoretical probing of atomic and molecular structure and of chemical processes.

CHEM 5150 Statistics for Chemical Research (3)
CHEM 5170 Advances in Analysis and Modeling of Chemical Systems (3)
CHEM 5200 Analytical Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 5250 Bioanalytical Methods (3)
CHEM 5260 Analytical Separations (3)
CHEM 5270 Electroanalytical Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5280 Chemical Sensors (3)
CHEM 5290 Special Topics - Analytical (3)
CHEM 5330 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5340 Advanced Thermodynamics (3)
CHEM 5350 Colloids and Interfacial Chem (3)
CHEM 5370 Computational Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5390 Special Topics - Physical (3)
CHEM 5450 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5570 Group Theory and Spectroscopy (3)
CHEM 5700 Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHEM 5800 Nanomaterials (3)



  

 

II. Electives (at least 6 hours)

Must be 6 hrs or more. Most students will take chemistry courses from either area and these must be 5000-level or higher. The electives can also be fulfilled by taking 4000-level or higher courses in other disciplines such as biology, math/computer science, and engineering. This needs to be approved by the student's committee.

 

III. Research Courses (9 hours)

One course from the following (3 credit total, choose 1):

CHEM 5299: Introduction to Analytical Research (3 hrs)

CHEM 5399: Introduction to Physical Research (3 hrs)
CHEM 5499: Introduction to Organic Research (3 hrs)
CHEM 5599: Introduction to Inorganic Research (3 hrs)

One research topics course (3 credit hours total):

CHEM 5970: Research Topics

One semester of (3 credit hours):

CHEM 6900 Introduction to Proposal Writing and Oral Presentations

 

IV. Dissertation Credits (12 hours)

12 total credit hours in Dissertation Research CHEM 6990

Ph.D. Worksheet

 

Contacting the Department & Beginning the Application Process


We welcome visits by prospective students and encourage them as the best way to find out about the Department, the faculty, and our graduate program. For information about admission requirements and relevant links to the Graduate School website and beyond, click here. For inquiries about the Department and its Graduate Program, write or call:

Dana A. Baum, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry
Monsanto Hall 204
3501 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Tel. (314) 977-2842
Fax (314) 977-2521
E-mail: dbaum1@slu.edu


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