Chemistry MS

Master of Science in Chemistry - Option I Thesis

The program requires completion of ten courses (30 semester hours) as noted below. In addition, students are required to enroll in CHEM 501 Graduate Seminar for four semesters they are in residence completing degree requirements.

Other Chemistry courses may be substituted for the four elective courses upon consent of the department head and/or a majority vote of all Chemistry faculty.

A student who does not wish to pursue a higher graduate degree in chemistry, upon consultation with department head, may substitute other courses better suited to meet their career objectives.  Substitutions for electives can be made from graduate courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, etc with prior departmental approval.

Required Courses (6 semester hours)
CHEM 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement.
Seminar course (4 semester hours)
CHEM 501Graduate Seminar1
Enrollment required for four semesters in residence completing degree requirements.
Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Select four courses from the following:
CHEM 513Organic Mechanisms & Structure3
CHEM 521Chemical Thermodynamics3
CHEM 531Advanced Inorganic Chem3
CHEM 541Adv Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 514Biochemistry3
Chemistry courses (12 semester hours)
Four graduate-level courses in chemistry.12
Appropriate substitutions require departmental approval prior to registration.
Total Hours34

Master of Science in Chemistry - Option II Non-Thesis

Choose one of three Professional Tracks - (36 semester hours)

Track I: Professional Chemistry Track

Concentration in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or Physical Chemistry

Required Courses (3 semester hours)
CHEM 595Research Lit & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Select 12 semester hours (4 courses) from the following:
CHEM 513Organic Mechanisms & Structure3
CHEM 514Biochemistry3
CHEM 521Chemical Thermodynamics3
CHEM 527Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I3
CHEM 531Advanced Inorganic Chem3
CHEM 541Adv Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 547Advanced Instrumental Analysis I3
Elective Courses (21 semester hours)
Select 21 semester hours (7 courses) from the following:
CHEM 502Safety in the Chemical Laboratory3
CHEM 515Synthetic Organic Transformations3
CHEM 522Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM 528Chem Biochem Charact II3
CHEM 529Workshop in Chemistry3-6
CHEM 533Kinetics and Mechanism3
CHEM 536Organometallic Chemistry3
CHEM 548Advanced Instrumental Analysis II3
CHEM 589Independent Studies1-4
CHEM 597Special Topics1-4
Total Hours36

Track II: Professional Chemical Business Track

The curriculum of the Professional Chemical Business track is similar to the curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track. However, two courses (6 sh) from the College of Business will be used to replace two core courses listed in the core curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track and two (6 sh) more replacing electives. The courses need to be approved by the Department Head before they are taken.

Track III: Professional Chemical Education Track

The curriculum of the Professional Chemical Education track is similar to the curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track.  Two courses (6 sh) from the College of Education can be used to replace two core courses listed in the core curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track and two (6 sh) more replacing electives. The courses need to be approved by the Department Head before they are taken.

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.