College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum  

Distribution Requirement

Each student must take at least one course from four of the following five groups:

Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 6201, 6203, 6204, 6205, 6206
 
Organic Chemistry CHEM 6301, 6303
 
Physical Chemistry CHEM 6401, 6402, 6403, 6404
 
Biochemistry CHEM 6501
 
Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 6601
 
  The distribution requirement will normally be completed by the end of the third semester of full-time study or its equivalent.  

Evaluations

After the course distribution requirements (one approved course in four of the five distribution areas) are completed, each student’s performance in courses and seminar is evaluated by the faculty.
The student is then:

  • advised to take the matriculation examination for Ph.D. candidacy; or
  • advised to continue studies toward the master’s degree (Plan A) with the possibility of reevaluation for Ph.D. candidacy after the attainment of the degree; or
  • advised to continue studies toward the master’s degree as a terminal degree; or
  • required to discontinue study in the graduate degree programs in chemistry. Students may be evaluated earlier if their records so warrant.

Seminar Requirement
A departmental seminar is held each week of the academic year. All full-time and part-time students are required to register for and attend this seminar series each year prior to completion of the degree requirements. During the second or third year of study, all students are required to present a formal seminar in this series, which will be graded by faculty members. In addition, those students who have initiated a research program (M.S. Plans A and B, or Ph.D. program) and who have not otherwise presented a formal seminar during the current year, are required to present a poster on their research activities at the Petersheim Academic Exposition, usually held in April. 

Prizes and Awards
Each year the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry honors outstanding graduate students in the areas of academic excellence (Ander Award), research (Petersheim Awared) and teaching.

Laboratories
The research facilities of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are housed in the Science and Technology Center (McNulty Hall) which is shared with the physics, biological sciences, and the mathematics and computer science departments.  Within the department are the Center for Applied Catalysis and the Center for Computational Research.  The department maintains a comprehensive array of experimental and computational instrumentation including, 500 MHz and 200 MHz NMR, GC/MS, LC/MS FTIR, UV-Vis, DSC, ITC, GC, HPLC, STM/AFM, and two parallel computers (SGI Origin 3400 and a LINUX cluster).

The Master of Science Degree
In addition to the general University and College requirements for the degree, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires the candidate to fulfill the seminar requirements as well as one of the following: 

Plan A — With Thesis
1. Complete the following:

18 credits (minimum) in approved courses, including the distribution requirement.
1 credit in CHEM 6711
11 credits (maximum) in CHEM 8831-8840
(30 credits total)

2. Present an acceptable thesis based on research performed at the University

3. Present satisfactory oral defense of the thesis to the committee approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee for this purpose 

Plan B — Without Thesis (for Ph.D. Candidates)
1. Complete the following:

29 credits (minimum) in approved courses, including the distribution requirement and other courses for the doctorate approved by the research mentor and the Graduate Advisory Committee. Any number of courses in the CHEM 8831-8840 sequence may be included in these approved courses, provided that an acceptable written research report is filed with the research mentor at the conclusion of this work. 1 credit in CHEM 6711. 30 credits total.

2. Pass the matriculation examination for the Ph.D.  

Plan C — Without Thesis
Complete the following:

  12 credits in the distribution requirement.
 21 credits (minimum) in additional approved graduate-level chemistry courses; up to 6 credits in the CHEM 8831-8840 sequence may be included in these approved courses provided that the Graduate Advisory Committee is notified of this intention before this research is initiated and that an acceptable written research report is filed with the research supervisor at the conclusion of this work. 1 credit in CHEM 6711.
34 credits total

 

Plan D — Without Thesis (Minor in Business Administration)
Complete the following:

12 credits in the distribution requirement
6 credits (minimum) in additional approved graduate-level chemistry courses.
1 credit in CHEM 6711-6720.
Additional coursework from the Stillman School of Business in the following areas:  information technology management, accounting, finance, marketing, social responsibility and international business*

34 credits (minimum) total
*consult the Director of Graduate Studies for specific courses from the Stillman School of Business   
 

Examine the full list of course offerings and their descriptions through the Seton Hall University Graduate Catalogue 2005-2007 online.


Program Chair
Stephen Kelty, Ph.D.

(973) 761-9414
stephen.kelty@shu.edu
McNulty Hall, 216

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