Master of Science in Chemistry

The School of Chemistry of Biochemistry offer thesis and non-thesis programs of study leading to a Master of Science in Chemistry. The M.S. degree (non-thesis option) is a terminal degree. Course work spanning all the traditional areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as interdisciplinary topics, can be used towards these degrees. For the thesis based degree, original research in the traditional areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, or variety of interdisciplinary topics, can be used as the basis for the thesis. 

Thesis Option

Area of Specialization 1,312
Second Area of Specialization 1,36
Approved Electives 2,36
CHEM 7000Master's Thesis6
Completion of a thesis describing original research
Total Credit Hours30
1

Course must be completed for letter-grade

2

Courses from any area of specialization, CETL 8000, CHEM 7001, CHEM 8000, CHEM 8001, CHEM 8002, CHEM 8003. Additionally, with approval from the director of graduate studies CHEM 8901, CHEM 8902, CHEM 8903 and other courses can be used. Three hours maximum of Pass/Fail may be used.

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Up to a total of 6 hours of 4000 level credit, at a grade of B or above, can be used toward this degree from the following list of courses: CHEM 4113, CHEM 4311, CHEM 4341, CHEM 4401, CHEM 4452, CHEM 4485, CHEM 4521, CHEM 4740, CHEM 4759, CHEM 4760, CHEM 4762, CHEM 4765, CHEM 4775, CHEM 4776, and CHEM 4785. CHEM 4XXX special topics courses will be considered on a case by case basis. CHEM 4XXX and CHEM 6XXX course which are largely equivalent can’t both be counted.

Non-Thesis Option

Area of Specialization 1,312
Second Area of Specialization 1,36
Course from any Area of Specialization 1,33
Approved Electives 29
Total Credit Hours30
1

Course must be completed for letter-grade

2

Courses from any area of specialization, CETL 8000, CHEM 7001, CHEM 8000, CHEM 8001, CHEM 8002, CHEM 8003. Additionally, with approval from the director of graduate studies CHEM 8901, CHEM 8902, CHEM 8903 and other courses can be used. Three hours maximum of Pass/Fail may be used.

3

Up to a total of 6 hours of 4000 level credit, at a grade of B or above, can be used toward this degree from the following list of courses: CHEM 4113, CHEM 4311, CHEM 4341, CHEM 4401, CHEM 4452, CHEM 4485, CHEM 4521, CHEM 4740, CHEM 4759, CHEM 4760, CHEM 4762, CHEM 4765, CHEM 4775, CHEM 4776, and CHEM 4785. CHEM 4XXX special topics courses will be considered on a case by case basis. CHEM 4XXX and CHEM 6XXX course which are largely equivalent can’t both be counted.

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
Core
CHEM 6170Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 6172Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry3
Elective
CHEM 6171Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 6181Chemical Crystallography3
CHEM 6182Chemistry of the Solid State3
or CHEM 4452 Chemistry of the Solid State
CHEM 6183Organometallic Chemistry3
CHEM 8813Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4113Applications of Inorganic Chemistry in Current Energy Research3
CHEM 4759Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion3
Analytical Chemistry Specialization
Core
CHEM 6271Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM 6281Mass Spectrometry3
Elective
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
Core
CHEM 6370Organic Reaction Mechanisms3
CHEM 6371Identification of Organic Compounds3
or CHEM 4341 Applied Spectroscopy
CHEM 6372Physical Organic Chemistry3
Elective
CHEM 6373Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 6381Advanced Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 6382Computational Methods in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry3
CHEM 8833Special Topics in Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 4311Advanced Organic Chemistry3
Physical Chemistry Specialization
Core
CHEM 6481Statistical Mechanics3
or CHEM 6755 Theoretical Chemistry of Polymers
CHEM 6491Quantum Mechanics3
or CHEM 6472 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
Elective
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
or CHEM 4485 Computational Chemistry
CHEM 6492Molecular Spectroscopy3
or CHEM 4401 Molecular Spectroscopy
CHEM 8843Special Topics in Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 6785Nanoscience and Technology 13
Biochemistry Specialization
Core
CHEM 6571Enzymology and Metabolism3
CHEM 6572Macromolecular Structure3
CHEM 6573Molecular Biochemistry3
Elective
CHEM 6501Biochemistry I3
CHEM 6502Biochemistry II3
CHEM 6581Protein Crystallography3
CHEM 6582Biophysical Chemistry3
or CHEM 4521 Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 6583Drug Design and Discovery3
or CHEM 4765 Drug Design, Development, and Delivery
CHEM 6584Contemporary Biochemistry3
CHEM 6756Discovery of Signaling Molecules3
CHEM 6760Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering3
or CHEM 4760 Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering
CHEM 6762Protein Engineering 23
CHEM 8853Special Topics in Biochemistry3
Polymer Chemistry Specialization
Core
CHEM 6750Preparation and Reaction of Polymers3
CHEM 6752Polymer Characterization4
Elective
CHEM 6751Physical Chemistry of Polymer Solutions3
CHEM 6757Advanced Polymer Chemistry3
CHEM 4775Polymer Science and Engineering I: Formation and Properties3
CHEM 4776Polymer Science and Engineering II: Analysis, Processing, and Laboratory3
CHEM 8873Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry3
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Or, CHEM 4785

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Or, CHEM 4762