MASTER OF SCIENCE MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant for admission to the master’s program should have an undergraduate degree in chemistry or in a related area. Typically, a minimum of eight
DEPARTMENT HEAD semester courses should have been taken in four of the ﬁve major ﬁelds of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical, inorganic and biochemistry; as well as
Michael W. Babich, Ph.D. appropriate courses in mathematics and physics. Applicants may be admitted on a provisional basis with the requirement that undergraduate deﬁcien-
PROFESSORS cies be corrected during the ﬁrst year of study. Proﬁciency examinations are administered to all new students the week before the beginning of classes as
Michael W. Babich, Ph.D. an aid in planning each program of study.
Gordon L. Nelson, Ph.D. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Graduate Information and Regulations section of the University Catalog.
Joshua Rokach, Ph.D.
Virender K. Sharma, Ph.D.
Mary L. Sohn, Ph.D. The Master of Science in Chemistry is based on successful completion of a minimum of 34 graduate credit hours following an approved program plan. A
research proposal, thesis and oral examination in defense of the thesis are required.
J. Clayton Baum, Ph.D. THESIS RESEARCH
Alan B. Brown, Ph.D. A thesis based on research conducted in residence at Florida Tech under the direction of a member of the chemistry department graduate faculty is
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS required. During the ﬁrst academic semester, the student selects a faculty member to serve as research adviser. During the same semester and with the
Monica Baloga, Ph.D. assistance of the adviser, the student selects an advisory committee, prepares a program plan and deﬁnes a research topic. The student then progres-
Nasri A. Nesnas, Ph.D. sively continues through the stages of research proposal, research, thesis and oral examination. Throughout this period, the advisory committee provides
Mark J. Novak, Ph.D. assistance and direction to the student and serves as the review board for the research proposal, thesis and oral examination.
Joel A. Olson, Ph.D. CURRICULUM
Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Ph.D. Each student follows an individual program plan. The program plan must have a minimum of 34 credit hours and include four core chemistry courses,
Kurt Winkelmann, Ph.D. three additional chemistry courses, one technical elective, nine credit hours of thesis and one credit of seminar. The student must register for Graduate
Seminar (CHM 5900) each semester offered, concluding with Thesis Seminar (CHM 5901) during the last semester of thesis research. All courses selected
for inclusion on the program plan are subject to approval by the department head.
Core Courses Chemistry Electives Technical Elective
CHM 5002 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Three courses, chosen from different areas of specializa- The technical elective may be selected from other
CHM 5111 Advanced Physical Chemistry tion, must be taken from the following list: courses offered within the chemistry department or
CHM 5304 Advanced Analytical Chemistry CHM 5017 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry other departments of the university.
CHM 5500 Advanced Organic Chemistry CHM 5018 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 5095 Chemical Research Projects
CHM 5112 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
CHM 5114 Applied Optical Spectroscopy
CHM 5119 Chemical Dynamics
CHM 5501 Interpretation of Chemical Spectra
CHM 5503 Organic Synthesis
CHM 5504 Theoretical Organic Chemistry
CHM 5507 Natural Products
CHM 5550 Polymer Chemistry
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE PROGRAM
A candidate for the doctoral program will typically have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry with outstanding performance. Students enrolled in
the master’s program can apply to change their status to work directly toward the doctorate after completing 14 credit hours of graduate course work at
Florida Tech with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3.
General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Graduate Information and Regulations section of the University Catalog.
The doctoral degree is primarily a research degree and is conferred in part in recognition of research accomplishments. Each student must pass the
cumulative written examinations, complete an approved program of course work, pass the comprehensive oral examination, write an acceptable
research proposal and ﬁle a petition for admission to candidacy, complete a signiﬁcant original research study, prepare and defend a dissertation con-
cerning the research, and present a seminar on the dissertation research. The dissertation research is expected to be of publishable quality, according to
the standards of peer-reviewed national or international journals.
Each new doctoral student is required to pass six cumulative examinations. At least four must be in the chosen area of concentration and up to two can
be in an additional area. Students must begin these examinations in their second semester in residence. Four examinations are offered each semester. A
maximum of 11 attempts is allowed.
A doctoral student must have a program of study approved by the doctoral committee and the department head by the end of the second semester in
residence. This program is based on the student’s goals and background.
College of Science The proposal presents the research plan to be followed in the dissertation work. It is developed under close supervision of the adviser. Areas of specializa-
Department of Chemistry tion are included under research activities. The proposal is presented to and approved by the student’s committee and department head.
150 West University Boulevard After the research project is completed and approved by the adviser, the dissertation is submitted to the advisory committee for critical evaluation. The
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975 student then orally defends the dissertation.
(321) 674-8046 General degree requirements are presented in the Graduate Information and Regulations section of the University Catalog.
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FINANCIAL AID CURRICULUM
Graduate student assistantships for In developing a program of study for the doctoral degree, considerable latitude is allowed to accommodate research interests. The following guidelines
instruction and research are available apply to students entering with a bachelor’s degree:
Approved Chemistry Courses (minimum) ....................................24
to well-qualiﬁed master’s and doctoral Additional Course Work .................................................................9
degree students. Assistantships carry Chemistry Research................................................................ 0–18
stipends plus a tuition waiver. In some Dissertation (maximum) .............................................................30
cases, a tuition waiver alone may be MINIMUM REQUIRED BEYOND BACHELOR’S DEGREE 81
awarded for a limited amount of service. For students entering with a master’s degree, course work completed for the master’s degree can fulﬁll a signiﬁcant proportion of the 33 credit hours of
Assistantships for master’s degree required doctoral course work. The student should be prepared to complete some additional course work.
students are normally for an academic
year; assistantships for doctoral students
Research areas presently of interest to department faculty and available for master’s research projects are the following:
are renewable on a yearly basis. • Aquatic Organic Chemistry • Molecular Spectroscopy • Solar Energy Applications
THE UNIVERSITY • Bio-organic Chemistry • Natural Products • Solid-Phase Reaction Kinetics
Florida Institute of Technology is a distinc- • Complexation Chemistry • Organometallic Chemistry • Stereochemistry
tive, independent university, founded in • Electroanalytical Chemistry • Pharmaceutical Chemistry • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
1958 by a group of scientists and engineers • Energy Transfer • Physical Organic Chemistry • Thermal Methods of Analysis
• Environmental Chemistry
to fulﬁll the need for specialized,
advanced educational opportunities Physical and synthetic organic, synthetic pharmaceutical, natural products and marine natural products are the areas of specialization offered for doc-
of Florida’s Space Coast. Florida Tech is toral research at the present time. Doctoral research in any other area requires approval of the research adviser and department head before admission to
the program. Additional areas of specialization will be developed.
the only comprehensive, independent
scientiﬁc and technological university in
the southeast. Supported by both industry
and the community, Florida Tech is the
recipient of many research grants and
contracts, a number of which provide
ﬁnancial support for graduate students.
Melbourne is located on the central
east coast of Florida. The area offers a
delightful year-round subtropical climate
and is 10 minutes from the ocean and
beaches. Kennedy Space Center and the
massive NASA complex are just 45 minutes
north of Melbourne. The city of Orlando,
Walt Disney World, EPCOT and many other
attractions are one hour west of Florida
Tech’s main campus.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To obtain more detailed information
about this Graduate Program or to obtain
application materials, visit our home page
at www.ﬁt.edu/grad or the University
Catalog at www.ﬁt.edu/catalog, or
Florida Institute of Technology
Ofﬁce of Graduate Admissions
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
Florida Institute of Technology is an independent
university located in Melbourne, Florida. Florida Tech
is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate,
master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees.
Florida Tech admits students of any race, color,
national or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate
on the basis of disability in admission or access to
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