Chemistry and Biochemistry, Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Requirements

Graduate courses from other departments may be taken if approved by the advisor.

Chemistry Option

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM B1000Inorganic Chemistry

5

CHEM B5000Organic Mechanisms

5

Elective Courses

Twenty credits chosen from the following: (20 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM A1100Environmental Chemistry

3

CHEM A1101Environmental Chemistry Lab

2

CHEM A1200Environmental Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM A1400Chemical Information Sources

1

CHEM A8200Chemistry-Physics-Engineering Seminar I

1

CHEM A8300Chemistry-Physics-Engineering Seminar II

1

CHEM B3000Polymer Chemistry

5

CHEM B5100Organic Synthesis

5

CHEM B5200Spectroscopy and Structural Proof in Organic Chemistry

5

CHEM B5300Organometallics

5

CHEM B6000Quantum Chemistry

5

CHEM B7200Surface Chemistry and Colloids

5

CHEM B7300Computers in Chemistry

5

CHEM B8900Introduction to Research Methodology

5

CHEM B9100Basic Laboratory Techniques for Research in Physical, Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry

5

Total Credit Hours: 30

Additional Requirements:

Thesis: There is also the possibility of doing a thesis (offered as CHEM B9901-B9905, 10 credits). The thesis must be approved by the Graduate Committee. Students choosing to do a thesis will take ten credits of elective Chemistry courses in addition to CHEM B9901-B9905.

Comprehensive Examination: A comprehensive examination is required of all students except for those who have completed a thesis. The comprehensive examination includes material from any undergraduate course, plus CHEM B1000 and CHEM B5000.

Biochemistry Option

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM A8005Biochemistry II

3

Two of the following four: (2 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM B9800Seminar in Biochemistry

1

One of the following two: (3-5 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM B5000Organic Mechanisms

5

One of the following two: (3-4 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHYS V3800Biophysics

4

Elective Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
Two approved graduate courses in Biology (One course should be in molecular genetics)

6-8

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Additional Requirements:

Thesis: Students who wish to complete a thesis must obtain approval by the Graduate Committee.

Comprehensive Examination: A comprehensive examination is required of all students except those who have completed a thesis.