Master of Science in Chemistry

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

Research Track: 30 semester credit hours.

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

Required Courses

16-17 semester credit hours of chemistry course work (excluding research, seminar, professional paper and thesis) approved by an advisory committee. Research track students must enroll in CHEM 5101 a minimum of four times and coursework track student must enroll in CHEM 5101 a minimum of two times.  It is recommended students enroll in CHEM 5101 each semester if taking six 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)

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours 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. All students in the research track must complete four basic chemistry courses for a total of 12 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). In the last two semesters of study, students must register for Thesis (CHEM 5893 and CHEM 5993). Students 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.  

Required Chemistry Courses (16 SCH)
CHEM 5101Seminar (take a minimum of 4 times)4
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
Electives
Select remaining 8 semester credit hours from the following:8
Seminar (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry
Other courses as approved by advisor.
Completion of Track
CHEM 5983Thesis3
CHEM 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs30


Coursework Track (36 semester credit hours)

Science Track

A minimum of 36 semester credit hours 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. In the first year of studies, coursework track students must choose an advisor.  All students in the course work track must complete five basic chemistry courses for a total of 15 credits.  The remaining courses in chemistry (including up to six credits hours of Research in Chemistry), biology, or math will be determined in consultation with the advisor.  In the last semester of study, students must register for CHEM 5973 where students will write a paper and defend it to their committee.  

Required Courses (17 SCH)
CHEM 5101Seminar (take a minimum of 2 times)2
Select 15 semester credit hours from the following:15
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Electives
Students must take 16 semester credit hours. A maximum of 6 credit hours are allowed for Chemistry Research.16
Seminar (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry
Advanced Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Biostatistics
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Calculus
History of Mathematics
Matrix Algebra
Symbolic Logic
Other courses as approved by advisor.
Completion of Track
CHEM 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36


Business Track

A minimum of 36 semester credit hours is required.  This degree plan is ideal for those wishing to move up the administrative ladder in a pharmaceutical or chemical company. All students in the course work with business track must complete five basic chemistry courses for a total of 15 semester credits hours and at least twelve semester credit hours of coursework from the College of Business.  The remaining graduate courses in chemistry, biology and in the College of Business may be taken upon the approval of their advisor.  Up to six semester credit hours may be from Research in Chemistry. In the first year of studies, coursework track students must choose an advisor.  In the last semester of study, students must register for CHEM 5973 where students will write a paper and defend it to their committee.  

Required Chemistry Courses (17 SCH)
CHEM 5101Seminar (take a minimum of 2 times)2
Select 15 semester credit hours from the following:15
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Business Coursework
12 semester credit hours of business courses from the list below. 12
Marketing Management
Managerial Finance
Managerial Accounting
Business Leadership
Decision Analysis for Managers
Business Ethics and Legal Environment
Other courses as approved by advisor.
Electives
Select remaining 5 semester credit hours from the following:4
Seminar (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry (may be repeated)
Research in Chemistry
Other courses as approved by advisor.
Completion of Track
CHEM 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36