Monday, April 3, 2017

Accelerate Your Education: MTSU's Chemistry ABM Program

Abstract, Abstraction, Acceleration
Are you a research-active MTSU student majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry ready to accelerate your education?  Get on the degree fast track with the Chemistry Accelerated Bachelor's Master’s (ABM) program where you can earn BOTH a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry degrees within five years of full-time study.

Frequently Asked Questions
(1). How does it work? The goal of the ABM program is to provide our most
meritorious Chemistry/Biochemistry majors the means to complete both the BS and MS degrees in Chemistry/Biochemistry within a 5-year period, culminating with a written research thesis to showcase independent, original research that will be defended in a public setting.  Some courses that you will take will be double-counted as undergraduate and graduate courses.  See the Academic Map below.
(2). What tracks are offered within the ABM program? Three tracks for the ABM degree program are as follows:
i) Materials Track:  This curriculum involves the discovery and design of new materials with an emphasis on solids. With these degrees, students are more likely to be hired as practicing chemists or gain admission to professional 
programs or graduate schools.
ii) Biomolecular Track:  This field involves the study of chemical principles of 
molecules biological in origin.  Research focuses on molecular level solutions to issues and problems in the life sciences related to the environment, agriculture, energy, industry, food production, biotechnology and medicine.
iii) Biochemistry Track: Biochemistry degrees can not only prepare students  for professional careers as chemists, it may also serve as the basis for work in areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, nutrition, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science.
(3). Do I have the approprite background? If you are majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry and have and overall GPA of 3.7 or higher, have at least 2 semesters remaining at MTSU to complete your degree, completed at least 75 credit hours, you meet the minimum requirements to apply.  The MS committee will consider your application for the MS program.
(4). Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
No.  The GREs are waived for ABM applicants.
(5). What things should I keep in mind to optimize my chances for success? To ensure that you finish BOTH the BS and MS degrees in Chemistry, you should already have in mind a MS faculty mentor with whom you can do your research.  Remember that earning an MS degree means that you are doing original, independent research and not merely reproducing already established experiments.  Consult the MS Chemistry Handbook.  Also, see the blog on what you should know and do after being accepted into the MS program.
(6). How do I apply? Fill out the application form and give it to MS Coordinator, Dr. Chusuei, who will forward to the MS committee for consideration. (You may leave the hard copy of the application with Dr. Chusuei in SCI 3065. There is an envelope on the door in case he's not in; alternatively, you may leave your application in Dr. Chusuei's mailbox in SCI 3044B.) Note, that if you are interested in a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for financial support in your 5th year, you must apply separately by filling out the form from the graduate school web site. Be sure you email this application form to graduate at mtsu dot edu (email disguised to prevent robot spamming).  

Academic Map for 3 Tracks in the ABM program
1. Professional Materials Track
Undergraduate
Graduate
CHEM 3530/3531 Princ of Biochem
none
CHEM 4400 and 4410 Found of Inorg
CHEM 6400  Int Inorg Chem
CHEM 4330/4331  Phys Chem Fund I
CHEM 5330/5331 Phys Chem Fund I
CHEM 4360/4361 Indepth Phys Chem II
none
CHEM 4100 Org Spec
CHEM 5100 Org Spec
CHEM 4600 Intro to Env Chem
CHEM 5600 Intro to Environ Chem
CHEM 4700, Polymers, An Intro
CHEM 5700 Polymers
none
CHEM 6100 Int Org Chem
CHEM 4150 Bioorg Chem
CHEM 6150 Bioorganic Chem
CHEM 4190 Mass spectrum [equivalency applies only if the topic of CHEM 6200 is “Mass spectrometry”; equivalency does not apply in those semesters when course is co-listed with 7000-level course]
CHEM 6200 Topics in Anal Chem
CHEM 4230 Instrum Anal
CHEM 6230/6231 Int Anal Chem
none
CHEM 6410 Trans Metal
none
CHEM 6420 Topics in Inorg
CHEM 4500 Biochem I
CHEM 6500 Biochem I
CHEM 4510 Biochem II
CHEM 6510 Biochem II
CHEM 4520 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 6530 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 4530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 6530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 4610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 6610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 4360 In depth Phys Chem [equivalency does not apply in those semesters when course is co-listed with 7000-level course]
CHEM 6720 Topics in Phys Chem
CHEM 4780 Polymer and Mater Chem Lab
CHEM 6780 Polymers Lab


2. Biomolecular Track
Undergraduate
Graduate
CHEM 4500 Biochem I
CHEM 6500 Biochem I
CHEM 4510 Biochem II
CHEM 6510 Biochem II
CHEM 4530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 6530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 4330/4331
CHEM 5330/5331 Phys Chem Fund I
CHEM 4360/4361
none
CHEM 4400 (4410)
CHEM 6400 Int Inorg Chem
CHEM 4100 Org Spec
CHEM 5100 Org Spec
CHEM 4600 Intro to Env Chem
CHEM 5600 Intro to Environ Chem
CHEM 4700 Polymers, An Intro
CHEM 5700 Polymers
none
CHEM 6100 Int Org Chem
CHEM 4150 Bioorg Chem
CHEM 6150 Bioorganic Chem
CHEM 4190 Mass spectrum [equivalency applies only if Mass Spectrometry is the topic of CHEM 6200]
CHEM 6200 Topics in Anal Chem
CHEM 4230 Instrum Anal
CHEM 6230/6231 Int Anal Chem
none
CHEM 6410 Trans Metal
none
CHEM 6420 Topics in Inorg
CHEM 4520 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 6530 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 4530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 6530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 4610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 6610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 4360 In depth Phys Chem [equivalency does not apply in those semesters when course is co-listed with 7000-level course]
CHEM 6720 Topics in Phys Chem
CHEM 4431 Adv Syn Lab Tech Lab
CHEM 6780 Polymers Lab

3. Biochemistry Track
Undergraduate
Graduate
CHEM 4500
CHEM 6500 Biochem I
CHEM 4510
CHEM 6510 Biochem II
CHEM 4550/4551 Bioanal Chem
CHEM 6230/6231 Int Anal Chem
CHEM 4330/4331
CHEM 5330/5331 Phys Chem Fund I
CHEM 4100 Org Spec
CHEM 5100 Org Spec
CHEM 4600 Intro to Env Chem
CHEM 5600 Intro to Environ Chem
CHEM 4700 Polymers, An Intro
CHEM 5700 Polymers
none
CHEM 6100 Int Org Chem
CHEM 4150 Bioorg Chem
CHEM 6150 Bioorganic Chem
CHEM 4190 Mass spectrum [equivalency applies only if Mass Spectrometry is the topic of CHEM 6200; equivalency does not apply in those semesters when course is co-listed with 7000-level course]
CHEM 6200 Topics in Anal Chem
CHEM 4230 Instrum Anal
CHEM 6230/6231 Int Anal Chem
none
CHEM 6410 Trans Metal
none
CHEM 6420 Topics in Inorg
CHEM 4520 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 6530 Topics in Biochem
CHEM 4530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 6530 Biochem Tech
CHEM 4610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 6610 Enviro Chem
CHEM 4360 In depth Phys Chem [equivalency does not apply in those semesters when course is co-listed with 7000-level course]
CHEM 6720 Topics in Phys Chem
CHEM 4431 Adv Syn Lab Tech Lab
CHEM 6780 Polymers Lab

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