Master Degree in Chemistry

There are two degree tracks for the MS program in Chemistry, the Thesis track and the Professional track.  Both tracks share the Graduate Seminars course as a way for students to enhance their eadth of knowledge in chemistry.  If sufficient evidence is provided (e.g., excellence and above average progress in a research project leading to publishable data or unsatisfactory progress in thesis proposal development and research) and with support of the thesis advisor and/or program coordinator, students in the MS program in Chemistry will have the option to convert over from the Professional track to the Thesis track and vice-versa on a one time per student basis. The tracks are described below.

Requirements for Thesis Track (30 hrs.):
The Thesis Track is intended for students to develop a research area and produce a publishable research contribution in that area. This track requires 30 hours. It is anticipated that students in the thesis track will be supported by either a research or teaching assistantship. A major goal of the option is to enhance students’ preparation for doctoral programs.

Students will be required to complete the following courses:

CHEM 5303 Research in the Chemical Sciences             3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5317 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5393 Thesis Research Variable, minimum 6 sem. hrs.
Total 12 sem. hrs

   

Electives chosen from Elective list below            
18 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5321 Molecular Ecology 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5322 Supramolecular Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5341 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5352 Computational Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5362 Chemical Oceanography 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5369 Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5375 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5393 Thesis Research Variable
CHEM 5417 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5421 Aquatic Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5490 Advanced Topics Variable

Requirements for Professional Track (36 hrs.):

This Professional Track allows students to take required and elective graduate courses to further explore sub-disciplines of chemistry. Students identify a project that will help them advance their career or better compete for leadership positions.  Examples of appropriate projects would be partnering with a local business or plant to help develop solutions to problems in applied chemistry that arise during its operations; or focusing on chemistry-based experiences for students to allow local educators to further their chemistry experience.


Students will be required to complete the following courses:

CHEM 5303 Research in the Chemical Sciences 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5317 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5369 Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5595 Directed Research 3 sem. hrs.
Total 12 sem. hrs
    
Electives chosen from Elective list below                 
24 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5321 Molecular Ecology 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5322 Supramolecular Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5341 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5352 Computational Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5361 Organic Geochemsitry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5362 Chemical Oceanography 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5375 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5417 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5421 Aquatic Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5490 Advanced Topics Variable
CHEM 5595 Directed Research Variable