MS Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology

 

Master of Science in Molecular Sciences and
Nanotechnology
 
The M.S. in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology (MSNT) is an interdisciplinary graduate
program administered jointly by the College of Applied and Natural Sciences (the School of
Biological Sciences) and the College of Engineering and Science. The M.S. in MSNT is offered
as either the thesis plan (30 semester credit hours) or the non-thesis practicum plan (36
semester credit hours). 
 
Students may apply to the M.S. in MSNT graduate program either through the College of
Applied and Natural Sciences or the College of Engineering and Science, depending on the
student’s background and area of interest. Admission requirements and degree requirements
are the same regardless of through which college a student enters the program.
 
 
Admission to the M.S. in MSNT program
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in MSNT must meet the minimum
requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following program minimum admission
requirements:
 
a) An earned four-year undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry,
Pharmacology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics,
Chemical Technology, Engineering Physics, or in a closely related discipline. 
 
b) For students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution, the following formula will be
used to determine eligibility:
 
               for Unconditional admission
(GPA X 200) + GRE verbal score + GRE quantitative score = 1400
 
for Conditional admission
               (GPA X 200) + GRE verbal score + GRE quantitative score = 1200
 
(Note – the scoring scale for the GRE has recently been modified and scores reported using the new
scale are expected to be received late fall 2011. At that time the above equation will be modified to
accommodate the new GRE scoring scale.)
 
International Applicants
Applicants who do not have an earned undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution must provide an
official copy of GRE scores, demonstrating a minimum GRE general test score of 1050 (verbal + quantitative). 
See note above regarding the new GRE scoring scale.
 
International applicants must, in addition to the above criteria, meet all Louisiana Tech University Graduate
School requirements regarding international students, including proof of English language proficiency,
described on the Graduate School website.
 
 
Curriculum for M.S. in MSNT: thesis plan
The thesis plan curriculum is comprised of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of research and thesis,
as described below:
 
MSNT 502        Research Methods   (3 hours)
MSNT 504        Seminar   (1 hour)
MSNT 505        Nanotechnology Principles   (3 hours)
      or
MSNT 521        Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology   (3 hours)
MSNT 551        Research and Thesis in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology   (6 hours)
                              approved elective courses   (17 hours)
                                                                                                                                                           
                              total graduate credit hours   30 hours
 
Successful completion of the thesis plan includes submission of the thesis and satisfactory performance on an
oral examination focusing on the thesis research work. 
 
 
Curriculum for M.S. in MSNT: practicum plan (non-thesis)
The practicum plan curriculum is comprised of 33 hours of course work and 3 hours of practicum, as described
below:
 
MSNT 502        Research Methods   (3 hours)
MSNT 504        Seminar   (1 hour)
MSNT 505        Nanotechnology Principles   (3 hours)
      or
MSNT 521        Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology   (3 hours)
MSNT 549        Practicum in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology   (3 hours)
                              approved elective courses   (26 hours)
                                                                                                                                                                
                              total graduate credit hours   36 hours
 
 
Plan of Study Form
Before the conclusion of the first quarter enrolled in graduate school, each graduate student must submit a completed Plan of Study form (GS Form 6), approved by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee, with all required signatures. A copy of the Plan of Study form for the M.S. in MSNT can be downloaded below. This form should be printed on a single piece of paper, front and back, before obtaining signatures.
 
                               
 
 
Graduate Advisory Committee
Graduate students must assemble a Graduate Advisory Committee, comprised of at least three, but no more than five, members of the Louisiana Tech Graduate Faculty. Because the MSNT program is interdisciplinary in nature, the Graduate Advisory Committee must be comprised of at least one faculty member from the School of Biological Sciences and at least one faculty member from the College of Engineering and Science. One member of this committee will be the chair of the committee, and will also serve as the student’s major advisor. Before the conclusion of the first quarter enrolled in graduate school, each graduate student must submit a completed Appointment of Advisory Committee (GS Form 5), appointing the members of this committee. The Appointment of Advisory Committee form for M.S. in MSNT students can be downloaded below.
 
 
A listing of Graduate Faculty members in the School of Biological Sciences can be downloaded below.
 
 
Students may contact the Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Science for a list of Graduate Faculty members from the College of Engineering and Science.