Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of ChemistryRickey Hicks, Chair, 300 Science and Technology Building Andrew Morehead, Graduate Director, 564 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 or (for non-thesis option) a major research project.
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
- Students must show competence in three of the five basic course areas listed below for 9-10 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 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.
- 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 concentration 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 concentration must substitute CHEM 5993 or CHEM 7993 for 3 s.h. of electives.The non-thesis option requires an additional elective course, bringing the requirement to nine semester hours of electives in chemistry or in other natural sciences or mathematics approved by the examining committee. Non-thesis students may substitute 6 s.h. of research for 3 s.h. of the elective coursework.
- 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.
- Research: CHEM 6502, 6503, 6504, 6505 (a minimum of 10 s.h.) Students in the non-thesis option must fulfill a research requirement with a minimum of 7 s.h. of CHEM 5993, 6502, 6503, 6504 or 6505. Students in the industrial chemistry concentration must take CHEM 5993 for 3 s.h. of the 7 s.h. required.
- Thesis: CHEM 7000 (3 s.h.) or major research project (non-thesis option): CHEM 6998 (3 s.h.).
- Research Skill: Students must satisfy the research skill requirement by successfully completing the following:
- Submit and orally present a thesis research plan to their thesis committee.
- 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.
- The non-thesis option may satisfy the research skill requirement by successfully completing the seminar program and the major research project requirement, which includes a comprehensive literature review, a summary of research skills, and a research proposal.
Students may select other appropriate graduate level courses by agreement of the research advisor and graduate program committee chair.