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Chemical Education Ph.D.

Degree Requirements - 64 Credits

See:"Chemical Education Ph.D."

Students must meet a physical chemistry requirement if not previously taken. CHEM 551, CHEM 552, CHEM 453 and CHEM 454 may be taken to meet this requirement.

Chemistry Component - minimum 12 hours

CHEM 522 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3)

CHEM 523 Chemical Spectroscopy (3)

CHEM 533 Organic Synthesis and Stereochemistry (3)

CHEM 534 Theory and Mechanisms of Organic Reactions (3)

CHEM 543 Organometallic Chemistry (3)

CHEM 556 Physical Chemistry of Atomic and Microscopic Systems (3)a

CHEM 557 Physical Chemistry of Macroscopic Systems (3)

CHEM 560 Environmental Chemistry (2)

CHEM 581 General Biochemistry I (4)

CHEM 582 General Biochemistry II (4)

CHEM 587 Toxicology (3)

CHEM 590 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (3)

CHEM 622 Directed Studies (1-3)

Pedagogy Component Required - minimum 7 hours

CHEM 682 Problems in Teaching Chemistry (3)

CHED 755 Supervised Practicum in College Teaching (4)

Electives

EPSY 540 Theories and Principles of Learning (3)

EPSY 674 Measurement I: Educational Testing (3)

EPSY 675 Measurement II: Advanced Techniques (3)

EPSY 682 Cognition and Instruction II (3)

SCED 678 Science Education Seminar (1-2)

SCED 680 Science Curricula in Secondary/College Settings (3)

SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)

SRM 770 Evaluation: Advanced Methods (3)

ET 502 Instructional Design (3)

ET 503 Computers in Education (3)

ET 602 Instructional Analysis and Design (3)

ET 627 Computer Assisted Instruction Authoring Systems (3)

ET 702 Instructional Design Theory and Research (3)

Research Core - 13 hours (minimum)

CHEM600 Seminar in Chemistry (1)

CHEM 693 Chemical Research (1-10)

SCED 694 Science Education Research (3)

SRM 610 Statistical Methods III (3)

CHEM 793 Doctoral Research Practicum-Chemistry (1-4)

Select one of the following courses:

SRM 502 Applied Statistics (4)

SRM 603 Statistical Methods II (3)

Additional electives as stipulated in Plan of Study:

CHEM 793 Doctoral Research Practicum-Chemistry (1-4)

SRM 731 Multivariate Analysis (3)

SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)

SRM 770 Evaluation: Advanced Methods (3)

SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

SRM 700 Advanced Research Methods (3)

Advanced research methods - select one of the following courses:

SRM 700 Advanced Research Methods (3)

SCED 694 Science Education Research (3)

Research Proposal/Dissertation - 16 hours

CHEM 797 Doctoral Research Proposal-Chemistry (4)

CHEM 799 Doctoral Dissertation - Chemistry (12)

Research Tools

Students must demonstrate research skills in areas pertinent to the dissertation research topic. The student's competence in these skills will be assessed by the student's dissertation committee members.

The skills may include statistical analysis, analytical instrument operation, background and experience in both field-based and quantitative studies in chemical education research, current technology in education and collateral fields of study such as mathematics, computer science, biology and physics. Courses which are recommended to assist in the development of these skills include SCED 694, CHEM 520, SRM 610 and either SRM 502 or SRM 603, Departmental Graduate Committee-approved courses in one or more of the following areas: educational technology, statistics and chemistry/chemical education research (CHEM 693,CHED 693, CHEM 793 or CHED 793), and collateral fields of study (computer science, mathematics, biology and physics).

Note(s): Students without a bachelor's degree in chemistry must complete original research projects in chemistry and chemical education. One project must be equivalent to a master's project and written in thesis format and the other will be written and defended as the candidates's doctoral dissertation.

All students must complete courses in a minimum of three areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic or physical). One course in biochemistry is required if not previously taken.

Students without a master's degree in chemistry must complete 24 hours in the Chemistry component, 16 hours in the pedagogy component, and a minimum of 38 hours in the Research Component (all required hours and electives).

Students will select sufficient electives to complete the degree program. Additional electives in the Research, Pedagogy or Chemistry Components may be selected; electives in supporting sciences, mathematics, computer science, and education are also recommended. All electives will be selected in consultation with the student's graduate committee.

All students must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations in chemical education and in two of the five chemistry content areas (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical).

All students will demonstrate competence in the research aspects of both basic chemistry and chemical education by completing original research projects in chemistry and chemical education. One project must be equivalent to a master's project and written in thesis format and the other will be written and defended as the candidate's doctoral dissertation.

For students who have written and defended a thesis as part of a master's degree, the thesis, if approved by the candidate's graduate committee, will substitute for the appropriate research requirement.

All students will write a scholarly paper and submit it for publication in a refereed journal as a requirement for this degree.

Qualifier Examinations. Each student must pass qualifying examinations in three of five areas selected from chemistry content (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry). Students will have two opportunities to pass each area exam. Qualifier examinations are scheduled during the week preceding the beginning of classes each semester. If an examination is failed, the requirement may be satisfied by completing designated undergraduate coursework in the appropriate subdiscipline with a minimum grade of "B."


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