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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Science and Engineering

Dr. Mary M.J. Tecklenburg, Chair

268 Dow, 989-774-3981

David E. Ash, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Biochemistry

Gabriel Caruntu, Ph.D., University of Orleans, Inorganic/Materials Chemistry

Minghui Chai, Ph.D., University of Akron, Analytical Chemistry

Anthony Chappaz, Ph.D., INRS-ETE, University of Quebec, Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry

Wenjun Du, Ph.D., University of California - Davis, Biomaterials, Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Bradley D. Fahlman, Ph.D., Rice University, Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Bob A. Howell, Ph.D., Ohio University, Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Anton W. Jensen, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, Organic Chemistry

Dale J. LeCaptain, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Analytical Chemistry

Choon Young Lee, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Organic/Medicinal Chemistry

Bingbing Li, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Physical Chemistry

Dillip K. Mohanty, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Polymer Chemistry

Anja Mueller, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Polymer Chemistry/Biomaterials

Ajit Sharma, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Biochemistry/Clinical Chemistry

Philip J. Squattrito, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Inorganic Chemistry/Crystallography

Benjamin M. Swarts, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Organic/Biochemistry

Mary M.J. Tecklenburg, Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Physical/Analytical Chemistry

Janice Hall Tomasik, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Chemistry

Linlin Zhao, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Biochemistry

Course Designator:

CHM - Chemistry

The Programs:

As detailed below, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs of study leading to the master of science (M.S.) degree and the master of arts (M.A.) degree with emphasis in teaching college chemistry. The M.S. is a research degree and specializations are possible in biochemistry, and in analytical, inorganic, organic, materials, physical and polymer chemistry.

A minimum of 30 semester hours must be satisfactorily completed for either master’s degree. A maximum of 15 hours of satisfactory graduate credit may be transferred into the CMU programs. Regular students are expected to be in residence for a period of two years.

Research may be started at any time and may be carried out in the Central Michigan University laboratories, at the Michigan Molecular Institute’s complex in Midland or, by special arrangement, at nearby industrial locations.

Many CMU chemistry graduates enter employment in the chemical industry or as teachers in community colleges or universities. Graduates may choose to enter the Ph.D. program in the Science of Advanced Materials at CMU or Ph.D. programs of other institutions.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry

Master of Arts in Teaching Chemistry: Teaching College Chemistry

Interdisciplinary Programs:

M.S. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Ph.D. in the Science of Advanced Materials

Ph.D. in Earth and Ecosystem Science

Research Facilities

The department occupies approximately 62,000 square feet in the Dow Science Complex, which contains research stations for more than 20 full-time graduate students. Additionally, biochemistry research is conducted in the Bioscience building, which includes specialized rooms for isotope studies and a Biosafety level-3 room for bacterial pathogen research.

Instrumentation includes specialized equipment used in specific research projects, GC/MS, thermal analysis systems, Raman, GPC and HPLC chromatographic systems, as well as UV, AA, FT-IR, AFM, and superconducting NMR instruments.

Financial Aid

Financial support for chemistry graduate students is available in several forms. Graduate teaching assistantships, the most common form of support, involve full-time graduate study and require teaching activities. Graduate teaching assistants receive a cash stipend (adjusted annually) and remission of 20 credits of tuition. Full-time students with outstanding records may receive graduate research fellowships. A reduced amount of teaching is required of fellows. Individual faculty research grants support fellowship or summer research activities as well. Generally all full-time graduate students receive aid in one of the categories described above.