Chemistry and Biochemistry

Master's Degree Requirements

 

Preliminary Advisement
Students who have been admitted for graduate work in chemistry will be contacted by the Director of Graduate Studies in order to develop a tentative plan of study which takes into consideration the student's background and interests. Entering students are required to demonstrate proficiency at the undergraduate level in four areas of chemistry (biochemistry, organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical).

Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

Master of Science in Chemistry
Candidates for the M.S. degree in chemistry must demonstrate proficiency in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry within two years of initial enrollment.

A minimum of 30 hours is required, normally including 3 hours in Chem 6897 Chemistry Colloquium. No more than 3 hours in Chem 6897 may be applied toward the required minimum of 30 credit hours.

Master of Science in Chemistry with Thesis
Students selecting this option must be enrolled full-time for at least two consecutive semesters. During this time, students are expected to enroll in Chem 6905, Graduate Research in Chemistry, and conduct their thesis research. A maximum of 12 hours of Chem 6905 may be applied toward the required 30 hours. At least 9 hours must be at the 5000 level, excluding Chem 6905. A maximum of 9 hours in 3000 level or above courses outside the department may be accepted if students receive prior approval of their advisers and the Director of Graduate Studies. Students are expected to follow all other general requirements of the Graduate School regarding masters degree and thesis requirements.

Master of Science without Thesis
Unlike the thesis option, students need not be enrolled full-time. Of the required 30 hours, 15 credits must be at the 5000 level. A maximum of 6 credits of Chem 6905, Graduate Research in Chemistry, may be included in place of 4000 level courses. A maximum of 12 hours taken in 3000 level or above courses outside the department may be accepted with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Distribution Requirement
Students must take chemistry courses for graduate credit at the 4000 and 5000 levels. Students may choose to concentrate the majority of their coursework in one of four areas (biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry). Students must complete at least 6 hours of chemistry coursework in one (or more) sub-disciplines(s) outside of their major emphasis area. The following courses may not be used to fulfill the distribution requirement: Chem. 4212, 4233, 4302, 4343, 4412, and 4433.