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based on a baccalaureate degree in chemistry. An applicant who does not yet qualify for an A certificate may be admitted, but with the stipulation that the requirements of the State of Mississippi for an A certificate in physical science teaching must be met before the degree will be awarded. This requirement is not subject to waiver.

A student must verify satisfaction of all requirements for full admission as described above (except #5) through submission of appropriate documentation to the Admissions Office by completion of the first 9 semester hours of graduate level work. A student who fails to do this will be moved to Non-degree status for the next term of enrollment and prevented from enrolling in additional course- work applicable to the degree program. Requirements must be satisfied during that term of enrollment or the student will be dropped from the program. Furthermore, the student must complete the following tasks prior to completion of the first 9 hours of major subject coursework:

  • 1.

    Establish a graduate advisory committee, and

  • 2.

    File a program of study approved by the advisory committee, the Department Chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and (A student who fails to complete #1 and #2 as specified will be moved to Non-degree status for the next term of enroll- ment and prohibited from enrolling in additional major coursework applicable to the degree program. Requirements must be satisfied during that term of enrollment or the student will be dropped from the program.)

Non-degree Admission. An applicant who is unable to satisfy requirements for full admission may be admitted on a non-degree, watch-care status to improve undergraduate credentials and to meet full admission requirements. No more than 9 graduate level semester hours earned while enrolled under non-degree status may be applied to the emphasis in Physical Sciences. Only credits earned with a grade of B or better may be applied to the emphasis in Physical Sciences.

Degree Requirements. A candidate for the Master of Science in Natural Sciences with a Physical Science Emphasis is required to:

1.

Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University, and

2.

Complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit, one-half of which must be “600” level, and

3.

Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all coursework listed on the approved program of study and separately in all major courses in chemistry listed on the program of study, and

4.

Pass oral and written components of a final comprehensive examination for- mulated and administered in part by the Department of Physical Sciences Graduate Program Committee and in part by the student’s graduate advisory committee and covering the broad discipline of chemistry and the student’s specific area of interest.

Student Responsibility. The graduate student must accept full responsibility of knowing and following the policies, regulations, and time lines of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences requirements rele- vant to the M.S.N.S. degree program.

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