M.S. in Chemistry

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The Master of Science in Chemistry is designed to train chemists for careers in business, industry, or academics. This degree is also appropriate for those students planning to continue their training in Ph.D. programs at other institutions.


Admissions

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in chemistry must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

    1. Graduate Application
    2. Application fee
    3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
    4. Official GRE scores
    5. Three letters of recommendation

 

Applicants must have a major or minor in chemistry (with at least a 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate chemistry courses) or commensurate industrial experience.

For a final admissions decision, a holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.

The Department of Chemistry offers classes in a wide variety of chemical subjects including analytical, forensic, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, toxicology, and biochemistry. 


Degree Requirements

 

Master of Science, 31 Semester Hours with Minor and Thesis

13    graduate semester hours of Chemistry
 6     semester hours of research and thesis
12    graduate semester hours in a minor field that logically supports the major (Computing Science,                           Mathematics, Physics, Biology, etc.).

 

Plan 1 - M.S. in Chemistry (Thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
CHEM 6398 <CHE 698> Graduate Research in Chemistry
CHEM 5100 <CHE 510> Chemical Literature and Seminar
4
2
Restricted Electives
Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 <CHE 561> Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5362 <CHE 562> Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM 5368 <CHE 568> Analytical Spectroscopy
CHEM 5372 <CHE 572> Advanced Biochemistry I
CHEM 5374 <CHE 574> Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
CHEM 5381 <CHE 581> Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
CHEM 5385 <CHE 585> Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry
12
3 Secondary Field Choose four from:
Graduate courses
in a field that logically supports the major1
12
4 Thesis Choose all from:
CHEM 6099 <CHE 699> Thesis2
3
TOTAL
31
Notes:
1 Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
2 Once enrolled in CHEM 6099 <CHM 699>, the student must enroll in this course every semester until graduation.

 

Master of Science, 30 Semester Hours without Minor and with Thesis

24    graduate semester hours of Chemistry
6      semester hours of research and thesis

 

Plan 2 - M.S. in Chemistry (Thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
CHEM 6398 <CHM 698> Graduate Research in Chemistry
CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> Chemical Literature and Seminar
4
2
Restricted Electives
Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 <CHM 561> Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5362 <CHM 562> Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM 5368 <CHM 568> Analytical Spectroscopy
CHEM 5372 <CHM 572> Advanced Biochemistry I
CHEM 5374 <CHM 574> Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
CHEM 5381 <CHM 581> Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
12
3 Electives Choose four from:
Graduate courses in CHEM1
11
4 Thesis Choose all from:
CHM 6099 <CHEM 699> Thesis2
3
TOTAL
30
Notes:
1 Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The student may take CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> two additional times for a total of three hours.
2 Once enrolled in CHEM 6099 <CHM 699>, the student must enroll in this course every semester until graduation.

Master of Science, 36 Semester Hours with Minor, Non-Thesis

24     graduate semester hours of Chemistry
12     graduate semester hours in a minor field that logically supports the major (Computing Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, etc.)

Plan 3 - M.S. in Chemistry (Non-thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
CHEM 6398 <CHM 698> Graduate Research in Chemistry
CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> Chemical Literature and Seminar1
6
2
Restricted Electives
Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 <CHM 561> Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5362 <CHM 562> Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM 5368 <CHM 568> Analytical Spectroscopy
CHEM 5372 <CHM 572> Advanced Biochemistry I
CHEM 5374 <CHM 574> Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
CHEM 5381 <CHM 581> Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
CHEM 5385 <CHM 585> Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry
12
3 Electives Choose two from:
Graduate courses in CHEM
6
4 Secondary Field Choose four from:
Graduate courses in PHYS, BIOL, or MATH2
12
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> must be taken three times for a total of three hours.
2 Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

 

Master of Science, 36 Semester Hours without Minor, Non-Thesis

36     graduate semester hours of Chemistry

Plan 4 - M.S. in Chemistry (Non-thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
CHEM 6398 <CHM 698> Graduate Research in Chemistry
CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> Chemical Literature and Seminar1
6
2
Restricted Electives
Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 <CHM 561> Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5362 <CHM 562> Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM 5368 <CHM 568> Analytical Spectroscopy
CHEM 5372 <CHM 572> Advanced Biochemistry I
CHEM 5374 <CHM 574> Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
CHEM 5381 <CHM 581> Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
CHEM 5385 <CHM 585> Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry
12
3 Electives Choose six from:
Graduate courses in CHEM
18
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 CHEM 5100 <CHM 510> must be taken three times for a total of three hours.

 


Courses

Chemistry (CHEM)

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