The M.A. in chemistry degree program, with its course work and thesis research, is appropriate for individuals wishing to pursue careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in research and development or in quality control positions or as preparation for doctoral studies. Students performing research for a master's thesis may acquire training in several optical or magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques; in microscopy; in the design of organic and inorganic catalysts; in enzymology and rapid kinetics techniques; in high-performance chemical computing; advanced electrochemistry; chemical synthesis and general analytical chemistry; and/or the application of the tools of modern biochemistry/biotechnology. Faculty mentors sponsor master's theses in chemical and biomedical research problems. Students may, however, opt out of laboratory research and complete the degree by passing a comprehensive exam.