Master of Science in Chemistry

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

Research Track: A minimum of 30 semester credit hours.

Coursework Track (Science or Business): A minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

Required Courses

A minimum of 12 semester credit hours of chemistry course work (excluding research, seminar, and thesis) approved by an advisory committee. Enrollment in CHEM 5101 is required each semester of students enrolled for 9 or more semester credit hours.

Final Examination

All candidates for master’s degrees must pass a final oral examination administered by the student’s research committee.

Master of Science in Chemistry Program of Study (30 or 36 semester credit hours)

Research Track (30 semester credit hours)

All students in the research track must complete four basic courses for a total of twelve credits.  Additional courses may be taken upon the advice of their research mentors. In the first year of studies, research track students must choose a research mentor and defend a research prospectus which is a plan for the research project.  Additional credits are earned through Research in Chemistry (CHEM 5891, CHEM 5983 and/or CHEM 5896). Students must also register for seminar (CHEM 5101) every semester. In the last two semesters of study, students must register for Thesis (CHEM 5893 and CHEM 5993). Students then will write an MS thesis detailing their research project and defend it to their committee.  The committee is composed of the research mentor and two other faculty members, typically in the department.  A minimum of 30 credits is required.  This degree plan is suggested for those who wish to pursue a PhD in chemistry or biochemistry or seek a position in a pharmaceutical or chemical company.

Required Courses
Select 12 semester credit hours from the following:12
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Completion of Track
CHEM 5983Thesis3
CHEM 5993Thesis3
Select remaining 12 semester credit hours from the following:12
Seminar (every semester)
Research in Chemistry
and Research in Chemistry
Total Semester Credit Hours30


Coursework Track (36 semester credit hours)

Science Track

All students in the course work track must complete five basic chemistry courses for a total of fifteen credits.  Additional graduate courses, including up to six credits can be from Research in Chemistry, in chemistry, biology, or math will be taken upon the approval of their advisor for a total of 30-33 credits. In the first year of studies, coursework track students must choose an advisor.  Students must also register for seminar every semester. In the last semester of study, students must register for Professional Paper (CHEM 5973). Students then will write a paper and defend it to their committee.  A minimum of 36 credits is required.  This degree plan is suggested for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching, health sciences, sales or other non-research scientific fields.

Required Courses (15 SCH)
Select 15 semester credit hours from the following:12
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Completion of Track
CHEM 5101Seminar1
CHEM 5973Professional Paper3
Electives
To complete the total of 36 semester credit hours, additional courses must be taken. In addition to CHEM courses from the above list not taken as a required course, below are some additional suggested courses – others may be taken upon approval of advisor. Students must take a minimum of 20 credit hours. A maximum of 6 credit hours are allowed for Chemistry Research.20
Research in Chemistry
Research in Chemistry
Advanced Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Biostatistics
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Calculus
History of Mathematics
Matrix Algebra
Symbolic Logic
Total Semester Credit Hours36


 Business Track

All students in the course work with business track must complete five basic courses for a total of fifteen credits.  Additional graduate courses in chemistry, biology and in the School of Business will be taken upon the approval of their advisor for a total of 25-27 credits. At least twelve credits must be from the School of Business. Up to six credits can be from Research in Chemistry. In the first year of studies, coursework track students must choose an advisor.  Students must also register for seminar every semester. In the last semester of study, students must register for Professional Paper. Students then will write a paper and defend it to their committee.  A minimum of 36 credits is required.  This degree plan is ideal for those wishing to move up the administrative ladder in a pharmaceutical or chemical company.

Required Courses (15 SCH)
Select 15 semester credit hours from the following:12
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Completion of Track
CHEM 5101Seminar1
CHEM 5973Professional Paper3
Electives
In addition to the above, students must take at least 12 semester credit hours of business courses from the list below. A maximum of 6 credit hours are allowed for Chemistry Research. Other courses may be take with approval of advisor.20
Research in Chemistry
Research in Chemistry
Marketing Management
Managerial Finance
Managerial Accounting
Business Leadership
Decision Analysis for Managers
Business Ethics and Legal Environment
Total Semester Credit Hours36