MS in Chemistry
Admission to the Program
Applicants must have earned a degree equivalent to fulfilling the requirements for a BS in Chemistry or Biochemistry with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) in chemistry from a college accredited by the American Chemical Society or equivalent. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. All applications must be approved by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry.
- 30 credit hours of approved graduate work. The entire course of study must constitute a unified program. Each student must have a proposed curriculum approved by the department’s academic advisor and the department chair within one semester after entering the program.
- Tool of research: an examination in German, French, Russian, or statistics
- One comprehensive examination
- Research requirement: CHEM-797 Master’s Thesis Research (6) or CHEM-797 Master’s Thesis Research (3) and CHEM-691 Internship in Chemistry (3) with grades of B or better. A thesis of publishable quality based on original chemical laboratory research must be presented at a public seminar and defended before the students’s committee immediately thereafter. A research proposal must be accepted by the student’s thesis committee at least one semester prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
Skills Courses (9 credit hours)
- CHEM-602 Research Method Design (3)
- CHEM-605 Research Seminar (3)
- STAT-514 Statistical Methods (3) or speciality skills course approved by advisor
Concepts Courses (15 credit hours)
- 15 credit hours from the following:
CHEM-510 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
CHEM-520 Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM-540 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHEM-561 Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM-635 Topics in Biological and Organic Chemistry (3) (may be taken twice with different topic)
CHEM-655 Topics in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (3) (may be taken twice with different topic)
CHEM-662 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3) (may be taken twice with different topic)
Research Courses (6 credit hours)
- CHEM-797 Master’s Thesis Research (6) or CHEM-797 Master’s Thesis Research (3) and CHEM-691 Internship in Chemistry (3)