Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2017-18 Northeastern State University Graduate Catalog Program: Natural Science, M.S. - Major Code 7700 (7704) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Natural Science, M.S. - Major Code 7700 (7704)

OSRHE Program Code: 150
CIP Code: 301801

(36 Semester Hours)

Purpose

The Master of Science in Natural Sciences program at Northeastern State University will provide students with multi-disciplinary training in the Natural Sciences beyond that of the baccalaureate degree.  Students will gain experience in the design, execution, and reporting of scientific research by completing a research project and Master’s thesis.  The curriculum will consist of formal courses in one or more areas of concentration and incorporate the candidate’s background, goals, and objectives.  A central goal of the program is to prepare students for doctoral programs and/or employment in the natural sciences or advancement in their current profession.

The graduate courses chosen for this program are intended to give students depth in one area of concentration in the Natural Sciences.  Adequate classroom instruction is a critical part to broadening student understanding of science and enabling them to be successful researchers.  However, the program also specifically includes multi-disciplinary courses that will give a student exposure to a wider range of concepts and topics than are typically included in a more traditional, discipline specific graduate program.  Many of the issues our society faces today are multi-disciplinary in nature, and scientists who are comfortable with approaching these issues from a multi-disciplinary angle will be very valuable.  Thus, the coursework for this program is designed to provide students the skills they need to understand and appreciate multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving in science, without sacrificing the deeper understanding of a specific discipline in science.

All students involved in the program are required to conduct research and disseminate the results of their work through appropriate venues.  Research training is a crucial part of graduate training in the sciences; thus, this aspect of the program directly relates to the overall objective of training future scientists for their intended career.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted in full standing must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Northeastern State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. The student must have an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work, and a combined Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 298 with a minimum score of 143 on the quantitative section of the GRE, submit a program application.
  3. The student must be admitted to Northeastern State University and the Graduate College.  For more information concerning admission, visit www.nsuok.edu.
  4. International applicants are also required to submit a score of not less than 550 on the paper-based or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, with a minimum of 50th percentile on the Listening Comprehension Section.
  5. The student must have an undergraduate background of at least 20 semester hours in the natural sciences and/or engineering, excluding Introductory Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, General Physics I and II, or Engineering Physics I and II lectures and labs.  Additional course work may be required for admission.

Admission to the program will be determined by the Program Admissions committee after reviewing the application documents.

Degree Requirements (minimum of 36 hours)

  1. Advisory Committee.  Initially, each student will be advised by the departmental coordinator of graduate studies from the student’s emphasis area.  Within the first semester, the student will select a graduate faculty member from that department to chair a graduate advisory committee consisting of at least three faculty members.  This committee will supervise the remainder of the student’s program.
  2. Program of Study.  Each individualized program will be structured by the advisory committee in consultation with the student.  The academic background, professional experience, academic objectives, and personal needs will be considered in establishing the individual’s program.
  3. Course Requirements. The candidate must satisfy the following requirements:

Courses:

  • Topics in Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Statistics for the Natural Sciences or Mathematical Methods for Physics and Chemistry (3 hours)
  • Seminar (4 hours)
  • Science Electives (12 hours)


Other Requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the comprehensive oral examination covering course work and thesis, if selected
  • Or for students not selecting to complete a thesis, satisfactorily complete the capstone sequence and a comprehensive oral examination covering course work and project.
  1. Guidelines for Good Academic Standing in the MSNS program.
  • No grade of C or lower may be applied toward a graduate degree in the MSNS program.
  • Students must maintain a 3.00 or higher grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken including those required in the program of study.
  • A graduate student becomes ineligible for graduate study if more than 9 semester hours of C or lower are earned in graduate courses taken in the degree program, or if the student does not meet any additional specific degree retention requirements imposed by a department or program.
     
  1. Time Limit.  The student must complete all requirements within a six-year period (exclusive of the time spent in the United States Armed Forces).

 

 

 

M.S. in Natural Science - 36 hours

Required Courses - 10 hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
MATH 5533 - Statistics for the Natural Sciences
SCI 5511 - Research Seminar (repeated 4 times)
SCI 5803 - Topics in Natural Sciences

Electives - 12 hours

Complete 12 hours from the following courses.  In consultation with their advisor, students may focus the hours in area(s) of their choice.  Students may petition the program chair for permission to count hours not on the following list.

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
BIOL 5003 - Advanced Experimental Design
BIOL 5103 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 5133 - General Virology
BIOL 5164 - Medical Microbiology
BIOL 5200 - Advanced Topics in Biology
BIOL 5214 - Animal Parasitology
BIOL 5234 - Mammalogy
BIOL 5242 - Trends & Issues in Molecular Biology#
BIOL 5264 - Ornithology
BIOL 5324 - Principles of Fisheries & Wildlife Management
BIOL 5343 - Biological Aspects of Environmental Health
BIOL 5354 - Immunology
BIOL 5543 - Molecular Biology
BIOL 5554 - Limnology
CHEM 5113 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5123 - Spectroscopic Methods in Chemistry
CHEM 5213 - Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 5223 - Polymer Chemistry
CHEM 5233 - Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5243 - Materials Science
CHEM 5253 - Separations
CHEM 5360 - Special Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 5513 - Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 5523 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 5713 - Electrochemistry
PHYS 5613 - Classical Mechanics
PHYS 5623 - Electrodynamics
PHYS 5633 - Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 5643 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Thesis or Capstone - 14 hours

Thesis Candidates

The student will give an oral defense of his/her research thesis. The thesis shall be approved by the advisory committee and by the Dean of the Graduate College before the degree is conferred. A maximum of six hours of thesis credit can be applied toward the minimum hours required for the master’s degree.

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
SCI 5530 - Research in the Natural Sciences (6 hours)
SCI 5502 - Research Rotation (or 2 additional hours of SCI 5530 Research in the Natural Sciences)
SCI 5900 - Thesis (6 hours)

Capstone Candidates

The student will complete 8 hours of electives and the capstone sequence.

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed

Additional electives (8 hours) to be selected from the 12 hours of approved electives listed above.

SCI 5983 - Capstone I
SCI 5993 - Capstone II

Accelerated B.S. Chemistry to M.S. Natural Science Degree - Thesis Pathway

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program for complete information concerning the Accelerated Degree Program (ADP).  Refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for bachelor’s degree requirements.

IMPORTANT:

  • Students admitted to the Accelerated B.S. Chemistry: Biochemistry or Chemistry: Professional to M.S. Natural Science degree program will complete 6-9 hours of graduate level credit to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program. 
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only.

Accelerated Degree Required Courses for M.S. - 10 hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
MATH 5533 - Statistics for the Natural Sciences
SCI 5511 - Research Seminar (Must complete 4 hours total with 1 hour completed as part of the B.S. Chemistry program)
SCI 5803 - Topics in Natural Sciences

Electives - 12 hours

NOTE:

  • 6 hours are completed as part of the Chemistry: Biochemistry, B.S. program. 
  • 3-6 hours are completed as part of the Chemistry: Professional, B.S. program.
Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
BIOL 5003 - Advanced Experimental Design
BIOL 5103 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 5133 - General Virology
BIOL 5164 - Medical Microbiology
BIOL 5200 - Advanced Topics in Biology
BIOL 5214 - Animal Parasitology
BIOL 5234 - Mammalogy
BIOL 5242 - Trends & Issues in Molecular Biology#
BIOL 5264 - Ornithology
BIOL 5324 - Principles of Fisheries & Wildlife Management
BIOL 5343 - Biological Aspects of Environmental Health
BIOL 5354 - Immunology
BIOL 5543 - Molecular Biology
BIOL 5554 - Limnology
CHEM 5113 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5123 - Spectroscopic Methods in Chemistry
CHEM 5213 - Advanced Biochemistry (Completed as part of the Chemistry: Biochemistry, B.S. program)
CHEM 5223 - Polymer Chemistry
CHEM 5233 - Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5243 - Materials Science
CHEM 5253 - Separations
CHEM 5360 - Special Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 5513 - Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 5523 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 5713 - Electrochemistry
PHYS 5613 - Classical Mechanics
PHYS 5623 - Electrodynamics
PHYS 5633 - Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 5643 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Thesis - 14 hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
SCI 5530 - Research in the Natural Sciences (Must complete 6 hours total with 2 hours completed as part of the B.S. Chemistry program)
SCI 5502 - Research Rotation ( or 2 additional hours of SCI 5530 Research in the Natural Sciences)
SCI 5900 - Thesis (6 hours)
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