The Department of Chemistry offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.S. and Ph.D. programs require a combination of lecture courses and original experimental or theoretical research. The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. While seeking these degrees, students are guided by their research adviser and by their research committee. The goals of student-faculty interaction are the development of experimental and theoretical skills and the ability to make original creative contributions to the advancement of chemistry.