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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry


Rickey Hicks, Chairperson, 300 Science and Technology Building

The Department of Chemistry offers the master of science degree with concentrations in six fields of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, industrial, and biochemistry) or in combinations of the six fields (i.e., physical-organic, etc.). The degree requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate work, including the completion of a thesis.

Entrance examinations are administered in four traditional areas of chemistry for advisory purposes. Course selection is based on the student’s performance on the entrance examinations, undergraduate background, and area of interest. Students will be required to remove undergraduate deficiencies.

The department of chemistry participates in the interdisciplinary PhD program in the biological sciences (IDPBS). For details and requirements see the Brody School of Medicine.

MS in Chemistry

  1. Students must show competence in three of the five basic course areas listed below for 8-10 s.h. credit.
    Analytical: CHEM 5350 or 7524
    Biochemistry: BIOC 7301 or BIOL 5800 or 5810; 5821
    Inorganic: CHEM 5550
    Organic: CHEM 5750 or 7532
    Physical: CHEM 5970 or 7542
    These courses can be waived on a course-by-course basis if a student has taken an equivalent course as an undergraduate student and demonstrates proficiency in that area, or by passing the entrance examination in that area.
  2. Six semester hours of electives in chemistry or in other natural sciences or mathematics approved by the thesis committee. Three semester hours of the electives must be at the 6000 or 7000 level in the student’s major area in chemistry. Students in the biochemistry option must include a minimum of 3 s.h. from BIOC 7310 or BIOL 5800 or 5810 as part of their graduate work. Students in the industrial chemistry option must substitute CHEM 5993 or CHEM 7993 for 3 s.h. of electives.
  3. Two hours of seminar: CHEM 6103 (1 s.h. each; may be repeated). Degree students are required to attend all departmental seminars and to give two presentations on approved topics.
  4. Research: CHEM 6502, 6503, 6504, 6505 (a minimum of 10 s.h.)
  5. Thesis: CHEM 7000 (3 s.h.)
  6. Research Skill: Students must satisfy the research skill requirement by successfully completing the following:
    1. Submit and orally present a thesis research plan to their thesis committee.
    2. Complete the seminar program, CHEM 6103, which includes instruction on searching the chemical literature, including computer-assisted searching, attending all departmental seminars, and presenting two departmental seminars.
Students may select other appropriate graduate level courses by agreement of the research advisor and graduate program committee chair.