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Are you interested in joining a technology based scientific company? Does the study of life sciences or pharmaceuticals capture your imagination?

ECU's master of science in chemistry is offered with concentrations in six areas: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, and industrial. Our students tailor their curriculum to focus on the area of concentration that interests them most and is in-line with their career goals. The MS degree is research based, so students will gain valuable research experience by working closely with their chosen research advisors. Given the size of our graduate program, students interact with faculty in small classes and receive one-on-one training. In this manner, students gain valuable hands-on experience with modern instrumentation and lab techniques. Students will interact with experts from top schools and industry, as we hold regular departmental seminars where these individuals present their work and advice.

Additionally, our students will develop their oral presentation and interviewing skills by participating in our graduate seminar series. Our students also develop leadership skills by serving as teaching assistants, which come with competitive stipends that cover tuition and living expenses.

ECU Advantage

Our MS graduates have an excellent record of job placement—almost 100 percent—and acceptance to professional and graduate programs. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to DSM Pharmaceuticals and Metrics Inc., a contract pharmaceutical development company. Many have gone on to pursue professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry, or have been accepted into nationally recognized PhD programs.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Yu (Frank) Yang (584 Science and Technology Building; 252-328-9811; yangy@ecu.edu)

A minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate work is required, including the completion of a thesis (thesis option) or a major research project (nonthesis option and professional science master's concentration option).

1. Core - 6-7 s.h.

(Choose two courses from below.)

  • CHEM 6210 - Organic and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM 6220 - Physical Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 6230 - Advanced Applications of Analytical Methods
  • Note:

    These courses can be waived on a course-by-course basis if a student has taken an equivalent course and demonstrates proficiency in that area.

    2. Electives - 6-15 s.h.

    (Choose one option from below.)

      a. Thesis option - 6 s.h.

      The thesis option requires 6 s.h. of electives in chemistry or in other natural sciences or mathematics or science education approved by the faculty advisor.

        b. Nonthesis option - 9 s.h.

        The nonthesis option requires an additional elective course, bringing the requirement to 9 s.h. of electives in chemistry or in other natural sciences or mathematics or science education approved by the faculty advisor.  Nonthesis students may substitute 6 s.h. of research for 3 s.h. of the elective coursework.

          c. Professional science master's concentration option - 15 s.h.

          The professional science master's concentration option requires 6 s.h. of electives, plus 9 s.h. of professional skill component courses from the following:

          • ACCT 6241 - Financial and Managerial Accounting
          • ACCT 6521 - Accounting for Decision Making
          • FINA 6214 - Government Regulation of Business
          • MGMT 6102 - Comparative Management
          • space
          • MGMT 6802 - Organizational Behavior or
          • PSYC 6343 - Psychology of Organizational Behavior
          • space
          • OMGT 6123 - Quantitative Methods
          • OMGT 6333 - Project Management
        3. Seminar requirement - 2 s.h.
        • CHEM 6103 - Chemistry Seminar (1 s.h. each; may be repeated)
        4. Research skills - 4-13 s.h.

        (Choose one option from below.)

          a. Thesis option - 13 s.h.

          Choose from the following courses:

          • CHEM 6501 - Research
          • CHEM 6502 - Research
          • CHEM 6503 - Research
          • CHEM 6504 - Research
          • CHEM 6505 - Research
          b. Nonthesis option - 10 s.h.

          Choose from the following courses:

          • CHEM 5993 - Industrial Internship in Chemistry
          • CHEM 6501 - Research
          • CHEM 6502 - Research
          • CHEM 6503 - Research
          • CHEM 6504 - Research
          • CHEM 6505 - Research
          c. Professional science master's concentration option - 4 s.h.
          • CHEM 5993 - Industrial Internship in Chemistry and
          • CHEM 6501 - Research
        5. Thesis or research project - 3 s.h.

        Students must either write a thesis or complete a research project under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.

        (Choose one option from below.)

          a. Thesis option - CHEM 7000 (minimum of 3 s.h.)
          • CHEM 7000 - Thesis
          b. Nonthesis option - CHEM 6998 (minimum of 3 s.h.)
          • CHEM 6998 - Major Research Project
          c. Professional science master's concentration option - CHEM 6998 (minimum of 3 s.h.)
          • CHEM 6998 - Major Research Project
        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Research Chemist or Biochemist
        • Educator, (K-12 or University)
        • Physician
        • Dentist
        • Physician Assistant
        • Pharmacist
        • Forensic Scientist
        • Optometrist

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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