Master of Science in Chemistry

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A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry degree. A minimum of 20 credit hours of 500-level coursework is required with 15 credit hours required from the chemistry disciplines. A maximum of 12 credit hours of 400-level coursework may be used to fulfill graduate study requirements.

Students seeking the M.S. in Chemistry degree must pass the oral comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth semester in the program. Students must also register for 6-8 credits of research coursework numbered 591, write a thesis based on original research, and defend it before his or her M.S. thesis committee. The thesis and oral defense should be completed before the end of the third year of academic study. 

The M.S. program is tailored to fit the student’s background and goals and is subject to approval at the time of filing the Plan of Study, when 9 credit hours are earned or in-progress.


Required Courses (15)
CHEM 584Graduate Seminar in Chemistry1
CHEM 585Chemistry Colloquium1
CHEM 585Chemistry Colloquium1
Select a minimum four core courses from the following:12
Advanced Organic Chemistry3
Survey of Analytical Chemistry3
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
Polymer Synthesis3
Chemical Bonding3
Elective Courses (9-11)
Select 9-11 credit hours in consultation with adviser9-11
Thesis Research (6-8)
CHEM 591Research and Thesis6-8

Minimum degree credits required: 32