The Department of Chemistry offers the following graduate programs:
M.S. in Chemistry, Thesis Option
Students entering the M.S. program with ACS-approved undergraduate chemistry degrees should be well prepared for the core courses of the program. Students with other science degrees such as biology or biochemistry, or students who performed poorly in specific undergraduate courses may be required to take preparatory courses. A maximum of six semester hours in this category can be applied towards the 30-hour degree.
The core courses - Analytical CHM 546, Biochemistry CHM 553, Inorganic CHM 544, Organic 550 and Physical CHM 539 - may be thought of as the pillars of the program. Each student is required to take four of the five core courses, depending on their research interests. Students majoring in biochemistry might take CHM 553, 546, 550 and 539 whereas a student interested in materials science could take CHM 546, 544, 550 and 539.
Depending on the number of hours taken in the core, a student would have opportunities to take elective courses in chemistry or a course from other departments such as biology. Three hours of elective courses may come from chemistry courses that are double-numbered as undergraduate courses.
Students are also required to present one seminar a year in addition to their thesis defense, based on topics of relevance to the student's research area. Since the M.S. is a research-based degree, 6 to 9 semester hours of thesis research are required.
M.S. in Chemistry, Non Thesis Option
The Non-Thesis option is designed for professional chemists and high school chemistry teachers who would like to increase their chemical knowledge base and enhance their job opportunities.
The coursework is designed for students who have been out of undergraduate school for a few years and need time to re-acclimate to Chemistry studies. The first year courses reinforce concepts from the senior year of undergraduate school and then provide the bridge to the more specialized courses in the second year. There are also opportunities to take elective courses outside of the Chemistry department in areas such as Biology, Engineering and Health Sciences. A student can use this flexibility to create an area of focus that can aid them in their current position or add a strength that would allow them to bridge to other disciplines.
MS in Chemistry Non-Thesis Coursework
- CHM 541 or 539: Physical Chemistry, 3 sem. hrs.
- CHM 515 and lab: Analytical Chemistry, 4 sem. hrs.
- CHM 512: Intermediate Organic, 3 sem. hrs.
- CHM 517: Inorganic Chemistry, 3 sem. hrs.
- Elective,* 3 sem. hrs.
Total 16 sem. hrs.
Choose 9 sem. hrs. (3 classes) from the following list:
- CHM 526, 550,544, 546, 551, 552, 555 for 9 sem. hrs.
- 2 Electives,* 6 sem. hrs.
Total 15 sem. hrs.
*Possible electives from inside or outside the department: CHM elective, CME 509 and 510 (Polymer Science), 500 level Biology elective, 500 level Health Science elective, others possible with advisor permission.
B.S.+M.S. Program in Chemistry (BPM)
This option allows academically gifted students the opportunity to obtain both a BS and MS degree in a shorter amount of time than would normally be required. If the student is mature and hardworking it is possible to earn both degrees in 5 years rather than the 6 or more years that is typical. In addition to the 4 years of full undergraduate tuition the student will then be charged for 24 semester hours of graduate coursework discounted to 50% of the normal undergraduate tuition rate.
This option also has a thesis research requirement. Students typically start their research project in the junior year and the program includes a full summer of intense research immersion between the 4th and 5th years. Students who have completed 60 hours of undergraduate work (first semester of junior year) and have a GPA of at-least 3.2 are invited to apply.