Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Chemistry 

This Major shares core requirements with the Chemistry, M.A.  .


The Department of Chemistry offers Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Non-thesis Master of Arts degrees. The Chemistry graduate faculty is comprised of full-time senior faculty members, all holding the Ph.D. degree. The combination of a large and strong faculty with a wide variety of courses provides students with programs of study that can be tailored to fit individual needs, while maintaining a sound background in all general aspects of Chemistry. The excellent research facilities and low student-faculty ratio combine to afford unique opportunities for advanced study in Chemistry.

Major Research Areas:
Research opportunities are available in such interdisciplinary and specialized areas as Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education, Computer Modeling and Computational Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Delivery, Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Enzymology, Inorganic Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Metal-Organic Framework Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Natural Products, Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Organic Chemistry, Organocatalysis, Photochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymers, Spectroscopy, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

Admission Information

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A baccalaureate degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.
  • A preferred minimum score of 149 V (430/800, 47th percentile) and 147 Q (570/800, 28th percentile) on the GRE (the Chemistry subject exam is not required).
  • At least three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student’s academic background.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours – 30 Credit Hours (Post-Baccalaureate)

  • Shared Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Electives – 18 Credit Hours
  • Directed Research - 4 Credit Hours
  • Thesis – 2 Credit Hours

Twenty hours must be in formally structured (graded) courses of which sixteen hours must be at the 6000 level, as approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee.

Shared Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (18 Credit Hours)

Students may select from graduate level courses in the Chemistry Department and/or related departments, such as Public Health, Education, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics, with advisement of the student’s Supervisory Committee. Courses include, but are not limited to, the following:

Comprehensive Exam

The student must submit and orally defend before the Supervisory Committee a written thesis based on original research in an area approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. This will serve as the final comprehensive examination.

Directed Research (4 Credit Hours)

Thesis (2 Credit Hours)