UL Lafayette’s Ray P. Authement College of Sciences will offer the state’s only master’s degree in industrial chemistry in Fall 2021, reports KATC in Lafayette.
The new program will help meet a growing need for graduate-trained industrial chemists. UL Lafayette’s program will create more hiring options for small and mid-size companies without the resources to employ teams of Ph.D.-level chemists and engineers like larger companies do. The 30-33 credit hour program offers thesis and non-thesis tracks and will enable students to specialize in chemistry, chemical engineering or environmental impacts.
Core courses will focus on subjects such as industrial organic chemistry, the chemistry of solid-state materials and polymers, and advanced analytical and physical chemistry. The program is geared toward students who have recently earned a bachelor’s degree and intend to enroll in graduate school before entering the workforce; it also targets working chemists who want an advanced degree.