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Chemists study the reactivity, structure, and properties of atoms and molecules that comprise materials and very world in which we live. It is a fascinating subject that delves into the very bonds that make us human. The field of chemistry is crucial to areas such as plastics, medicine, electronics, cosmetics and forensics.

The Department of Chemistry offers a Master’s Degree in Chemistry designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals. The program is perfect for those who wish to earn a Ph.D. at another institute or who wish to advance their careers in an industrial setting.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

Students may choose from two options. The first is a traditional two-year program for those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree. The second option combines the bachelor’s and master’s degrees into a five-year program. This option is the perfect choice for students who wish to accelerate their studies and proceed directly into the workforce or a doctoral program.

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

Upon graduation you will be qualified for a variety of positions across multiple areas. Career opportunities for chemists vary but the demand continues to grow. Below is a sample of positions and places where qualified chemists are needed.

Typical Positions/Areas in Chemistry:

  • Research Scientist
  • Academic Professional Staff
  • Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Chemical Professor
  • Environmental Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Paints, Pigments and Coatings
  • Personal Care Chemistry
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry

About Chemistry Department

         2020 Student Award Recipients

2020 Student Awards

The Only American Chemical Society Approved Department Within 90 Miles of Pittsburg, KS

One of only three undergraduate programs in Polymer Chemistry in the U.S.A.

Pittsburg State's Department of Chemistry prepares students for careers in science, chemical engineering, pharmacy, or chemistry teaching through Departmental degree programs, pre-engineering, teacher education, and other University programs that require rigorous training in chemistry. It offers eight Bachelor of Science Degrees, two Master of Science Degrees and two minors.           

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