Chemistry M.S.

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Chemistry M.S.

Program Overview

The M.S. program provides students with the opportunity to develop a high degree of proficiency in a specialized research area. The program serves as a stepping stone to jobs in industry, graduate school, professional school, teaching careers, or for those who would like to strengthen their Chemistry knowledge. All students take coursework, carry out original research with a faculty mentor, and submit a thesis. The program has a focus on developing strong writing and oral communication skills. Financial support is typically available through a teaching assistantship.


Curriculum & Requirements

M.S. Degree Requirements

  • Demonstration of a broad understanding of undergraduate chemistry by passing a series of basic examinations or satisfactory performance in approved courses.
  • Student must present a total of 30 credits for completion of the MS program. These 30 credits are as follows:
    • 20+ course credits, at least 8 credits of which must be in courses numbered 900 or above.
    • Satisfactory performance in at least three path-specific (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical) courses, which is a portion of the 20+ course credits required.
    • 6 to 10 credits of CHEM 899 Thesis/Problems research credits.
  • Mandatory attendance at Department Seminars and Research Lunch Talks.
  • Satisfactory presentation of a Research Progress Report in the second year of residence.
  • Preparation, public presentation, and oral defense of a written thesis.
  • Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to graduate from the MS program.

Thesis Mentor and Committee

Students select a thesis mentor during the first semester in the program after interviewing at least three faculty members.  During each semester thereafter, students conduct independent research under the supervision of this faculty member. In the second year of residence and before the Research Progress Report a committee is selected.  This committee evaluates the student's Research Progress Report and Thesis defense.

General Program Requirements
CHEM 800Chemistry Teaching Seminar1
CHEM 802Critical and Creative Thinking for Chemists1
CHEM 899Thesis/Problems1-10
CHEM 991Graduate Presentation Portfolio1
CHEM 992Graduate Writing Portfolio1
CHEM 997Seminar1
Analytical Program Requirements
Select 3 from the following:9
CHEM 930Advanced Optical Methods3
CHEM 933Chemical Separations3
CHEM 934Chemical Equilibria3
CHEM 935Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
Inorganic Program Requirements9
Select 3 from the following:
CHEM 903Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 904Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 947Inorganic Biochemistry3
Organic Program Requirements
Select 3 from the following:9
CHEM 808Spectroscopic Investigations of Organic Molecules3
CHEM 855Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 902Theoretical Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 911Synthetic Organic Chemistry I4
Physical Program Requirements9
Select 3 from the following:
CHEM 905Advanced Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 925Surface Chemistry3
CHEM 926Physical Chemistry of Condensed Phases3
CHEM 927Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics3
CHEM 995Colloquium1-4

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Admission to the Master of Science degree is based upon a strong undergraduate record, which requires satisfactory work in the usual undergraduate courses in analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. In addition, satisfactory completion of the normal support courses of mathematics and physics are required.

Entering graduate students are expected to take placement examinations in chemistry to assist in starting each new graduate student at the appropriate level. These examinations will be offered during the orientation period of the semester; the dates are to be announced in the departmental graduate calendar.
Students with strong backgrounds in other areas may be accepted as “provisional”, and are expected to complete the normal undergraduate degree requirements in chemistry before entering the graduate program

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