Job growth for chemists will be three times greater in Illinois than nationally from 2008 to 2018. Median salary levels for chemists were twice as high in Illinois than nationally in 2008. National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. State Data Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security, Economic Information and Analysis Division and Illinois Wage Information. 

 Developing Scientists
Analytical chemists make qualitative and quantitative determinations about structure, composition and nature of materials by identifying and measuring their components. 

They develop analytical techniques, study relationships and interactions and identify the presence and concentration of chemical pollutants.

Outstanding Preparation
As a student in the M.S. in Analytical Chemistry program, you receive valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation, procedures and computer analysis. 

You will learn to recognize the importance of future biotechnology and the analytical techniques that will be needed to support it. You will have an opportunity to choose between a thesis, project or internship option. Graduates work as analytical chemists in laboratories specializing in the application of wet chemical and instrumental procedures in problem-solving, and in the pharmaceutical industry. You are also prepared to pursue a Ph.D. in the various chemistry disciplines.

Superior Faculty
You will work with highly qualified and engaged faculty. Faculty research interests include photochemistry, spectrochemistry, trace analysis of organic pesticides, chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, electro-chemistry, analysis of metals in the environment, water analysis, biochemistry, computational chemistry, equations of state, bio-organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis. 

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