Douglas Raynie, Department Head
Matthew Miller, Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Avera Health Science Center 131, Box 2202
In addition to a traditional thesis-based (Option A) M.S. degree, the Department also offers a predominantly on-line M.S. in chemistry in chemical education. This is a non-thesis (Option B) degree that focuses on the content necessary for practicing high school teachers to achieve highly qualified status. Admission in this program is limited to in-service high school/college science teachers; students interested in the thesis-based M.S. degree in chemical education should specify this on the application for admission.
Course Delivery Format
The M.S. in Chemistry – Chemical Education Specialization, is a largely online program for course offerings. As such, the content coursework is delivered via online format. In this format, individualized coursework and discussion methods are used to encourage discourse on content as it relates to teaching high school science. In summer, students participate in laboratory development exercises with research active faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, providing practical skills development. Additionally, students learn about research skills for the classroom to engage in a year-long action research project.
Facilities and Services
The Department is housed in the newly constructed Avera Health Science Center South and newly renovated Avera Health and Science Center North. Combined, these connected facilities provide 100,000 sq. ft. of research and instructional space.