Job growth for chemists will be three times greater in Illinois than nationally from 2008 to 2018. Median salary levels for chemists were twice as high in Illinois than nationally in 2008. National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. State Data Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security, Economic Information and Analysis Division and Illinois Wage Information. 

Developing Scientists

Analytical chemists make qualitative and quantitative determinations about structure, composition and nature of materials by identifying and measuring their components.

They develop analytical techniques, study relationships and interactions and identify the presence and concentration of chemical pollutants.

Outstanding Preparation

As a student in the M.S. in Analytical Chemistry program, you receive valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation, procedures and computer analysis.

You will learn to recognize the importance of future biotechnology and the analytical techniques that will be needed to support it. You will have an opportunity to choose between a thesis, project or internship option. Graduates work as analytical chemists in laboratories specializing in the application of wet chemical and instrumental procedures in problem-solving, and in the pharmaceutical industry. You are also prepared to pursue a Ph.D. in the various chemistry disciplines.

Superior Faculty

You will work with highly qualified and engaged faculty. Faculty research interests include photochemistry, spectrochemistry, trace analysis of organic pesticides, chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, electro-chemistry, analysis of metals in the environment, water analysis, biochemistry, computational chemistry, equations of state, bio-organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Required Preparation

Before admission, applicants should have completed the following course work with a grade of B or better in each course: at least 4 hours of analytical chemistry with lab (CHEM 3233, CHEM 3234); 8 hours of physical chemistry with lab (CHEM 3641, CHEM 3642, CHEM 3643, CHEM 3644); 8 hours of organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 3531, CHEM 3532, CHEM 3533, CHEM 3534); 3 hours of biochemistry (CHEM 5331); 3 hours of advanced inorganic chemistry (CHEM4443); 3 hours of statistical methods (STAT 4219/6219); 3 hours of computer science; and 1 hour of chemical literature (equivalent to CHEM 4155). Students lacking one or more of these courses or having less than a C in a course may be admitted to the program. All students are conditionally admitted until course review is completed and placement exam requirements are satisfied.

Placement Exams

All conditionally admitted students enrolled in the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry program will be required to take placement exams in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. These multiple choice exams were developed by the American Chemical Society to assess entering graduate students and cover the course content in the various fields of chemistry at the undergraduate level. Students who show a deficiency in these areas will be required to take additional courses.

Degree Requirements

Degree  Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a master's degree.

I. Required Courses (13 Hours)

CHEM 6443 Inorganic Spectroscopy (2)

CHEM 6444 Inorganic Spectroscopy Laboratory (1)

CHEM 6543 Organic Spectroscopy (2)

CHEM 6544 Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory (1)

CHEM 6733 Chromatography (3)

CHEM 6734 Chromatography Laboratory (1)

CHEM 8157 Methods Development and Spectroscopy (3)

II. Chemistry Selectives (10 to 15 Hours)

CHEM 6752 Practical Chemistry Instrumentation (1)

CHEM 7333 Analytical Biochemistry (2)

CHEM 7334 Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

CHEM 8733 Mass Spectrometry (3)

CHEM 8734 Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (1)

CHEM 8753 Electrochemistry (3)

CHEM 8754 Electrochemistry Laboratory (1)

CHEM 8763 NMR Spectroscopy (2)

CHEM 8764 NMR Spectroscopy Laboratory (1)

III. Advanced Selectives (4 to 9 Hours)

Select at least 4 hours from the following courses:

BIOL 6641   Toxicology (3)

CHEM 6552  Chemistry Software and Molecular Modeling (1)

CHEM 7537  Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)

CHEM 7557  Chemistry of Biomolecules (3)

CHEM 7667  Photochemistry(3)

CHEM 8057  Special Topics (3)

Other graduate-level science courses as approved by the academic advisor.

IV. Thesis/Project/Internship Option (4 -7 Hours)

CHEM 8930 Graduate Chemistry Literature Project (3)

CHEM 8950 Graduate Research Project (3)

CHEM 8959 Graduate Thesis Literature Search (1)


CHEM 8960 Graduate Thesis (3)

CHEM 8997 Research Presentation in Chemistry (1)


CHEM 8940 Chemistry Internship (3)

CHEM 8997 Research Presentation in Chemistry (1)

V. Total - 36 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a master's degree found in the GSU Catalog. Please meet with your faculty advisor during the first semester to complete your study plan.


Dr. Walter Henne
Assistant Professor of Chemistry