Chemistry Curriculum

Students entering the graduate program in Chemistry may have undergraduate degrees that satisfy all the prerequisites for these programs. However, in some instances the graduate program director will need to assign appropriate undergraduate courses to ensure that students are properly prepared for the graduate courses in their particular program.

The research oriented MS (thesis) and PhD degrees require a minimum of 20 semester hours of formal coursework, which includes both core and elective courses. These courses are selected in consultation with the Department's Graduate Program Director, the students' thesis advisory committee and thesis advisor. Each student is also expected to participate in the Department's seminar program where both literature and research seminars are delivered to students and faculty on a weekly basis during the semester.

In addition, each student takes part in a laboratory rotation program which is designed to expose the student to the available research opportunities in their area of interest.

MS Students in the Non-Thesis Program take an additional 10 semester hours of coursework in lieu of a thesis.

Students in the MS Thesis and PhD Programs are expected to carry out an independent, original research project under the direction of a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department, with the guidance of an Advisory Committee. The equivalent of at least 2 semesters of full-time research is required to qualify for the MS Thesis degree, while at least 4 semesters of full-time research are required for the PhD degree.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the curriculum, see the University Catalog.

Prerequisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

1 semester of Analytical Chemistry
1 semester of Biochemistry
2 semesters of Calculus
1 semester of English Composition
1 semester of Inorganic Chemistry (with Physical Chemistry Prerequisite)
1 semester of Instrumental Analysis (with Physical Chemistry Prerequisite)
1 semester of Literature of Chemistry
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
2 semesters of Physical Chemistry
1 semester of Physical Chemistry Laboratory
 

MS (Non-thesis) Track

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH888 Graduate Project

4 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses1

12 credits

Additional 300-level or above course (must be approved)

6 credits

Select any two courses from the four categories below:

  • Organic Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Physical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Biochemistry Graduate Course
6 credits

Total Non-thesis Requirement

31 credits

MS (Thesis) Track

CH799 Research (credits are variable, minimum of 10)

10 credits

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved)1

9 credits

Select any two courses from the four categories below:

  • Organic Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Physical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Biochemistry Graduate Course
6 credits

Total Thesis Requirement

32 credits

PhD Track

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH885 Grant Proposal Writing

1 credit

CH899 Doctoral Research (credits are variable, minimum of 20 credits)

20 credits

Additional:

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry courses (must be approved by advisor or Advisory Committee)1

7 credits

Select any two courses from the four categories below:

  • Organic Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Analytical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Physical Chemistry Graduate Course
  • Biochemistry Graduate Course
6 credits

Total PhD Requirement

41 credits

1At least one chemistry lecture course must be at the 800-level and CH802 Research Seminar may not be used to satisfy this requirement.