Master Degree in Chemistry

Chemistry Masters Program Handbook.

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