Master of Science in Chemistry

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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 typically including Analytical or Quantitative Chemistry, Instrumental Methods, one year of calculus-based Physical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry) 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.  Currently a 3.0 GPA is required for financial support.

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 - MS in Chemistry (Thesis)

Notes

* Usually taken every semester and receives a grade of "IP" until the final semester the research project is completed.

** One course from 4 different areas (Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry) is required.

*** Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
**** Once enrolled in CHEM 6099 Thesis, the student must enroll in this course every semester until graduation.
Master of Science in Chemistry (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Course (4 credit hours)
CHEM 6398 Graduate Research in Chemistry* 3
CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar 1
Restricted Electives (12 credit hours) Choose four from**:
CHEM 5361 Physical Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 5362 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
CHEM 5368 Analytical Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 5372 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 5374 Chemistry of Coordination Compounds 3
CHEM 5381 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 5385 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry 3
Secondary Field (12 credit hours) Choose four from:
Graduate courses in a field that logically supports the major*** 12
Thesis (3 credit hours)
CHEM 6099 Thesis**** 3
Total Credit Hours 31

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 - MS in Chemistry (Thesis)

Notes
* Usually taken every semester and receives a grade of "IP" until the final semester the research project is completed.
** Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. One course from 4 differenct areas (Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry) is required. The student may take CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar two additional times for a total of three credit hours.
*** Once enrolled in CHEM 6099 Thesis, the student must enroll in this course every semester until graduation.
Master of Science in Chemistry (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Course (4 credit hours)
CHEM 6398 Graduate Research in Chemistry* 3
CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar 1
Restricted Electives (12 credit hours) Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 Physical Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 5362 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
CHEM 5368 Analytical Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 5372 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 5374 Chemistry of Coordination Compounds 3
CHEM 5381 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3
Electives (11 credit hours) Choose four from:
Graduate courses in CHEM** 11
Thesis (3 credit hours)
CHEM 6099 Thesis*** 3
Total Credit Hours 30

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 - MS in Chemistry (Non-thesis)

Notes
* CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar must be taken three times for a total of three credit hours.
** Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Master of Science in Chemistry (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (6 credit hours)
CHEM 6398 Graduate Research in Chemistry 3
CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar* 3
Restricted Electives (12 credit hours) Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 Physical Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 5362 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
CHEM 5368 Analytical Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 5372 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 5374 Chemistry of Coordination Compounds 3
CHEM 5381 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 5385 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry 3
Electives (6 credit hours) Choose two from:
Graduate courses in CHEM 6
Secondary Field (12 credit hours) Choose four from:
Graduate courses in PHYS, BIOL, or MATH** 12
Total Credit Hours 36

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

36     graduate semester hours of Chemistry

Plan 4 - MS in Chemistry (Non-thesis)

Notes
* CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar must be taken three times for a total of three credit hours.
Master of Science in Chemistry (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (6 credit hours)
CHEM 6398 Graduate Research in Chemistry 3
CHEM 5100 Chemical Literature and Seminar* 3
Restricted Electives (12 credit hours) Choose four from:
CHEM 5361 Physical Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 5362 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
CHEM 5368 Analytical Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 5372 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 5374 Chemistry of Coordination Compounds 3
CHEM 5381 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 5385 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemistry 3
Electives (18 credit hours) Choose six from:
Graduate courses in CHEM 18
Total Credit Hours 36

Courses

Chemistry (CHEM)

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