Graduate Program in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. A student can specialize in any research area of chemistry including: analytical, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, forensic chemistry, green chemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, or toxicological chemistry.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Science in Chemistry major will prepare the student to work in modern quality assurance laboratories, pharmaceutical company labs, biotech labs, or environmental and crime laboratories at the local, regional, state, or federal level. The M.S. graduates can also work for other law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The program also prepares the student to work for private industries in their analytical, environmental, chemical synthesis, or toxicology laboratories. In addition, the program provides the training to students to pursue Ph.D. work in chemistry, forensic chemistry, forensic sciences, environmental sciences, industrial hygiene, medical chemistry, or toxicology.

Faculty Expertise

The Department of Chemistry currently consists of eleven faculty holding doctoral degrees from distinguished universities around the world. All are dedicated educators, skilled in fostering active student participation. They are also active researchers and have to their credit many research publications and presentations in the areas of their specialty. Graduate students in chemistry will have an opportunity to work with faculty on research projects involving analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, forensic chemistry, green chemistry, inorganic chemistry, material science, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, or toxicological chemistry.

Assistantship Opportunities

The Department offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis for qualified applicants. The graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver and monthly stipend. The graduate assistantships require 15 to 20 hrs per week employment in the teaching or research laboratories.

Student Activities

The department offers an association for students interested in chemistry. The Chemistry Club is affiliated with the American Chemical Society. WIU also offers many organized group activities for international students, women students, and many others.


The Department of Chemistry is housed in Currens Hall, a five story building which it shares primarily with the Department of Physics. There are numerous electronic classrooms and teaching/research laboratories, as well as a Physical Sciences Library that subscribes to more than 60 journals and on-line literature searching through the Chemical Abstract Service. Students have access to the department’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The modern instrumentation available for teaching and research includes FPLC, HPLC, FT-NMR, FT-IR, UV-Vis, and GC-MS spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis, and high-speed centrifuge.

Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, please contact School of Graduate Studies, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, 309/298-1806,,

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