General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|Six formal lecture courses||18|
|An approved graduate course and/or research course||4|
|CHEM 9996||Master's Thesis Research||6|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|Ten formal lecture courses||30|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
In consultation with an academic advisor, students select coursework from the following approved courses: CHEM 5001 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I, CHEM 5102 Data Analysis and Evidence, CHEM 5103 Advanced Instrumental Methods, CHEM 5107 Drug Analysis, CHEM 5108 Investigative Chemistry, CHEM 5201 Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 5202 Organic Reaction Mechanisms, CHEM 5205 Organic Syntheses, CHEM 5301 Quantum Chemistry, CHEM 5302 Statistical Thermodynamics, CHEM 5304 Nanomaterials Chemistry and Physics, CHEM 5305 Chemical Kinetics, CHEM 5358 Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience, CHEM 5401 Biochemistry I, CHEM 5412 Structural Bioinformatics II, CHEM 5505 Advanced Polymer Structure and Properties, CHEM 5701 Teaching of Chemistry, CHEM 8000 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 8001 Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science, CHEM 8107 Advanced Forensic Chemistry, CHEM 8200 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 8201 The Chemistry of Natural Products, CHEM 8202 , CHEM 8205 Heterocyclic Chemistry, CHEM 8210 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 8300 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry, CHEM 8301 Molecular Spectroscopy, CHEM 8302 Computational Chemistry, CHEM 8303 Modern Meth in Exp Chem, CHEM 8310 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 8400 Special Topics in Biochemistry, CHEM 8401 Bioinorganic Chemistry, CHEM 8501 High Polymer Chemistry, CHEM 8601 Analytical Separations, CHEM 8985 Teaching in Higher Ed:Phys Sci, CHEM 9300 Seminar in Physical Chemistry, CHEM 9800 Seminar in Forensic Chemistry, and CHEM 9900 Seminar.
The M.S. thesis is the culminating event for the Thesis Track. The thesis should be an original piece of research. Often, but not always, the research described in the M.S. thesis can be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The student coordinates the time for the defense with her/his Graduate Advisory Committee, which is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for public scrutiny.
The master's examination is usually the last requirement to be fulfilled by students in the Coursework Track. Its purpose is to demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core concepts of Chemistry. The exam is based on the student's major track in Chemistry. Faculty members in the student's track write the questions for the master's exam. The faculty members who write the questions grade the exam. Students schedule the exam though the Graduate Secretary.