Master of Science in Chemistry

Two different programs of study leading to a master's degree are offered by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The formal requirements for the MS degree (thesis option) are twenty-four credit hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, along with an approved master's thesis. The formal requirement for the MS degree (non-thesis option) is thirty credit hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. The MS degree (non-thesis option) is a terminal degree in this department. Current research includes multidisciplinary initiatives in biomolecular structure, molecular biophysics, computational and theoretical chemistry, materials chemistry, nanochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, photochemistry and photobiology, polymer chemistry, sensors, and environmental chemistry.

Thesis Option

Area of Specialization 112
Second Area of Specialization 16
Approved Electives 26
CHEM 7000Master's Thesis6
Completion of a thesis describing original research
Total Credit Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Area of Specialization 112
Second Area of Specialization 16
Course from any Area of Specialization 13
Approved Electives 29
Total Credit Hours30

Areas of Specialization

Core and elective courses for commonly pursued areas of specialization are listed below. However, alternative course combinations, corresponding to other areas of specialization, may be approved by the director of graduate studies on request. The use of “or” in a listing implies that credit for the two courses can’t both be used towards the degree. Courses can be chosen from the core or elective categories subject to any prerequisite requirements being met.

Inorganic Chemistry Specialization
CHEM 6170Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 6172Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 6171Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 6181Chemical Crystallography3
CHEM 6182Chemistry of the Solid State3
CHEM 6183Organometallic Chemistry3
CHEM 8813Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry3
Analytical Chemistry Specialization
CHEM 6271Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM 6281Mass Spectrometry3
CHEM 6272Analytical Chemistry II3
CHEM 6273Analytical techniques for chemistry and biology3
CHEM 6282Chemical Sensors3
CHEM 6283Electroanalytical Chemistry3
CHEM 6284Environmental Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 6285Analytical Spectroscopy3
CHEM 6287Scanned Probe Techniques3
CHEM 6288Analytical Separations3
CHEM 8823Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry3
Organic Chemistry Specialization
CHEM 6370Organic Reaction Mechanisms3
CHEM 6371Identification of Organic Compounds3
CHEM 6372Physical Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 6373Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 6381Advanced Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 6382Computational Methods in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry3
CHEM 8833Special Topics in Organic Chemistry3
Physical Chemistry Specialization
CHEM 6481Statistical Mechanics3
or CHEM 6755 Theoretical Chemistry of Polymers
CHEM 6491Quantum Mechanics3
or CHEM 6472 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
CHEM 6471Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHEM 6482Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics3
CHEM 6483Chemistry of Electronic Organic Materials3
CHEM 6484Chemistry of Optical Organic Materials3
CHEM 6485Computational Chemistry3
CHEM 6492Molecular Spectroscopy3
CHEM 8843Special Topics in Physical Chemistry3
Biochemistry Specialization
CHEM 6571Enzymology and Metabolism3
CHEM 6572Macromolecular Structure3
CHEM 6573Molecular Biochemistry3
CHEM 6501Biochemistry I3
CHEM 6502Biochemistry II3
CHEM 6581Protein Crystallography3
CHEM 6582Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 6583Drug Design and Discovery3
CHEM 6584Contemporary Biochemistry3
CHEM 6756Discovery of Signaling Molecules3
CHEM 6760Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering3
CHEM 8853Special Topics in Biochemistry3
Polymer Chemistry Specialization
CHEM 6750Preparation and Reaction of Polymers3
CHEM 6752Polymer Characterization4
CHEM 6751Physical Chemistry of Polymer Solutions3
CHEM 6757Advanced Polymer Chemistry3
CHEM 8873Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry3