Chemistry

Substantial and Elemental

Earning an advanced degree at WSU Tri-Cities will add personal and professional value to your life. This is your chance to help build a better word through research projects with world-renowned faculty and to increase your learning potential.

This program based on research carried out in the laboratories on campus and allows students to gain experience in modern experimental techniques and to familiarize themselves with the daily workings of a laboratory.

Because of the campus’ proximity to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other world-renowned science and engineering firms, there are abundant opportunities to conduct research, engage with industry professionals, and gain real-world experience.

Tom Collins

Meet Dr. Collins

Wine grapes may appear fine after a harsh wildfire season. But if grapes have smoke taint, the finished wine may taste and smell awful – an unpleasant surprise for growers and wine lovers alike. “The aroma you get from smoke taint in wine is not a pleasant campfire aroma,” said Tom Collins, WSU Tri-Cities clinical assistant professor of viticulture and enology. In a new study, Collins is exposing vines to smoke to better understand how the chemical composition of grapes changes. He wants to know how much smoke it takes to create smoke taint in wine grapes and wine, as well as how to lessen the problem. Read more…

Students who apply for graduate studies in chemistry will usually have satisfied the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in chemistry and are expected to have adequate undergraduate training in subjects recommended by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. In addition to courses in chemistry, the undergraduate curriculum should include courses in physics, mathematics (through calculus), and at least one year of a modern foreign language. Students with bachelor degrees in physics, mathematics, or biology and who have had the essential courses in chemistry are also eligible for admission to graduate studies in chemistry. Students interested in the chemistry program should contact the program directory.

Apply online through the WSU Graduate School.

Be prepared to submit the following items:

  • Transcripts from each post-secondary school attended (photocopies are acceptable for the initial application), official transcripts are required for official admission to WSU
  • Names and email addresses of three people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you
    GRE Scores (General Test Required; Subject recommended)
  • International Students (English Proficiency Requirements)
  • A personal statement describing your motivations for graduate study towards a Ph.D, includes research interest. Please include a description of any previous research experience.

Courses are listed in semester credits. Not all courses will be offered each year. For a complete list of courses offered by a department in any one term, consult the WSU Tri-Cities Course Schedule.

501 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
503 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry V 1-3
509 Chemical Group Theory 3
510 Introduction to Proteomics 2
514 Mass Spectrometry 2
515 Trace Element Analysis 2
520 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
521 Radiochemistry and Radiotracers 2
522 Radiochemistry Laboratory 1 (0-3)
531 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3
532 Advanced Physical Chemistry II 3
540 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
542 Advanced Organic Chemistry
543 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
581 Environmental Chemistry I 3
591 Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry 1
592 Seminar in Analytical Chemistry 1
593 Seminar in Physical Chemistry and Materials Science 1
594 Seminar in Organic Chemistry 1
600 Special projects or Independent Study
700 Master’s Research, Thesis, and/or Examination
702 Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination
800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination

Kristy works with prospective students to identify graduate degree programs that can advance their personal and professional goals. Knowing the commitment it takes to pursue an advanced degree, she is dedicated to connecting students to faculty and campus resources that will help in the decision-making process.

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