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College of Engineering & Science - Louisiana Tech University


Graduate Degrees in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology

Master of Science Mission Statement

To train graduate students in experimental, theoretical, and computational aspects of research in molecular biology, chemistry, and physics, particularly where these disciplines intersect.

To enhance interdisciplinary applied research at Louisiana Tech University in micromanufacturing and nanotechnology, including molecular biology and protein engineering.

To prepare graduate students for the next generation of careers in science and technology by offering a unique, flexible, and highly marketable graduate degree.

To prepare graduate students for interdisciplinary or traditional Ph.D. programs in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology, and Physics which emphasize research at the intersections of one or more of the traditional disciplines.

Doctor of Philosophy Mission Statement

To train graduate students in experimental, theoretical, and computational aspects of research in molecular biology, chemistry, and physics, particularly where these disciplines intersect.

To enhance interdisciplinary applied research at Louisiana Tech University in micromanufacturing and nanotechnology, including molecular biology and protein engineering.

To prepare graduate students for the next generation of careers in science and technology by offering a unique, flexible, and highly marketable graduate degree.

To prepare graduate students for advanced careers in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, and Physics which require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

About the Program

This program is interdisciplinary and is jointly administered by the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.   The program has active participation from faculty in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics & statistics, mechanical engineering, and physics.

Major breakthroughs are expected at the intersection of molecular biology and nanotechnology. Some examples are novel vaccines, diagnostic methods, cancer therapies, drug delivery systems, catalysts, energy storage and conversion devices, and minimally invasive treatment methods for many diseases.

The Ph.D. requires 48 credit hours of coursework (nearly all the hours from the M.S. can be applied toward the Ph.D.) and 18 credit hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Key Facilities

The Biomedical Engineering Building and Institute for Micromanufacturing

The Biomedical Engineering (foreground) and Institute for Micromanufacturing (background) complex provides 100,000 sq. ft. of modern space for research in molecular sciences and nanotechnology.

Job Opportunities

A 2008 survey estimated that there were about 400,000 workers worldwide in the field of nanotechnology, with an estimated 150,000 of those in the United States.  A study funded by the National Science Foundation projects that 6 million nanotechnology workers will be needed worldwide by 2020, with 2 million of those jobs in the United States.

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Admission Criteria

The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Louisiana Tech University must be satisfied. The following criteria are in addition to those, and specific for admission to graduate studies in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology.

M.S. in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology

a) A four-year undergraduate degree in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, or physics, or a closely related discipline such as biochemistry, biophysics, chemical technology, engineering physics, molecular biology, or pharmacology.

b) Official GRE scores are required. It is expected that most applicants will have a minimum total score of 300 in the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections with a minimum of 142 in the Verbal Reasoning section.

Ph.D. in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology

a) A Master’s degree in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, physics, or a closely related area is the expected qualification.

b) Students with Bachelor’s degrees may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program on the basis of outstanding academic achievements (as evidenced by GPA, GRE, and scholarly achievement).

c) An official GRE score is required.  Scores in the 60th percentile or higher in each of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are expected.  Allowances on the expected minimum GRE scores may be made based on high GPA from US institutions and/or evidence of productive undergraduate/master’s level research.

d) At the discretion of the Ph.D. Steering Committee, the GRE requirement may be waived in the case of exceptional students, especially for those with national fellowships, scholarships, or professional achievement.