Graduate Degrees

MNS in Applied Chemistry

The MNS in Applied Chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University is designed to give students broad exposure to the instruments, techniques, and methods favored by today's forensic, environmental, industrial, and research labs. The forensic option emphasizes laboratory skills and modern instrumentation used by forensic scientists. These instruments are used to identify and characterize physical and biological evidence obtained by law enforcement. Chemical analysis is normally required for most cases submitted to crime labs, especially those involving drugs, murder, arson, rape, and criminal use of firearms.

The course offerings, internship, and research experience work together to make the MNS an APPLIED degree.

GA positions are also available for some qualified students.

Curriculum Checklist

Chemistry (32 hours)

You must choose one of the following tracks

Required Courses:

    • CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)
    • CH 607 Introduction to Research and Chemical Literature (3)
    • CH 608 Seminar (3 enrollments) (0)
    • CH 609 Seminar (1)
    • CH 620 Forensic Chemistry (4)
    • CH 641 Topics in Organic and Biological Chemistry (3)
    • OR
    • CH 675 Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3)
    • MA 623 Statistical Analysis for Forensic Chemistry (3)

Complementary Area:

    • FS 550 Crime Lab I: Microscopy (2)
    • FS 552 Crime Lab II: Blood and Fluids (2)
    • FS 601 Problems in Forensic Science (1)
    • 3 Hours of Electives

Choose One of the Following Options:

Thesis option
      6 Hours from the following:
    • CH 676-CH678 Internship in Chemistry (1-3)
    • CH 691-CH695 Research (3-5)
Non-thesis option
  • 6 Hours of Chemistry or Forensic Electives (A maximum of 2 hours of CH 511, CH 540, CH 571 may count as elective credit)

Required Courses:

    • CH 607 Introduction to Research and Chemical Literature (3)
    • CH 608 Seminar (3 enrollments) (0)
    • CH 609 Seminar (1)
One Course from the following:
    • CH 611 Topics in Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CH 641 Topics in Organic and Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CH 663 Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CH 675 Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3)
    • 8 Hours of Chemistry Electives (A maximum of 2 hours of CH 511, CH 540, CH 571 may count as elective credit)
    • Complementary Area
    • 6 Hours from any one department or discipline outside of Chemistry

Choose One of the Following Options:

Thesis option:
    • 5 Hours of Electives
    • 6 Hours from the following:
    • CH 676-CH 678 Internship in Chemistry (1-3)
    • CH 691-CH 695 Research (3-5)
Non-Thesis option
  • 3 Hours of Chemistry Electives (CH 511, CH 540, CH 571 may not count towards the Chemistry Electives)
  • 8 Hours of Electives

Information about admission requirements may be found here.

Contact

573.651.2167
pcrawford@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 306
Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701