Chemistry MS

Master of Science in Chemistry - Option I Thesis

The program requires completion of ten courses (30 semester hours) as noted below. In addition, students are required to enroll in CHEM 501 Graduate Seminar for four semesters they are in residence completing degree requirements.

Other Chemistry courses may be substituted for the four elective courses upon consent of the department head and/or a majority vote of all Chemistry faculty.

A student who does not wish to pursue a higher graduate degree in chemistry, upon consultation with department head, may substitute other courses better suited to meet their career objectives.  Substitutions for electives can be made from graduate courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, etc with prior departmental approval.

Required Courses
CHEM 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement.
CHEM 501Graduate Seminar (enrollment required for four semesters in residence completing degree requirements)1
Core
Select four courses from the following:
CHEM 513Organic Mechanisms & Structure3
CHEM 521Chemical Thermodynamics3
CHEM 531Advanced Inorganic Chem3
CHEM 541Adv Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 514Biochemistry3
Plus four Chemistry courses:
Four graduate-level courses in chemistry.12
Appropriate substitutions require departmental approval prior to registration.
Total Hours34

Master of Science in Chemistry - Option II Non-Thesis

Choose one of three Professional Tracks - (36 semester hours)

Track I: Professional Chemistry Track

Concentration in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or Physical Chemistry

Required Courses
CHEM 595Research Lit & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Core
Select 12 semester hours (4 courses) from the following:
CHEM 513Organic Mechanisms & Structure3
CHEM 514Biochemistry3
CHEM 521Chemical Thermodynamics3
CHEM 527Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I3
CHEM 531Advanced Inorganic Chem3
CHEM 541Adv Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 547Advanced Instrumental Analysis I3
Electives
Select 21 semester hours (7 courses) from the following:
CHEM 502Safety in the Chemical Laboratory3
CHEM 515Synthetic Organic Transformations3
CHEM 522Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM 528Chem Biochem Charact II3
CHEM 529Workshop in Chemistry3-6
CHEM 533Kinetics and Mechanism3
CHEM 536Organometallic Chemistry3
CHEM 548Advanced Instrumental Analysis II3
CHEM 581Nuclear Science3
CHEM 589Independent Studies1-4
CHEM 597Special Topics1-4
Total Hours36

Track II: Professional Chemical Business Track

The curriculum of the Professional Chemical Business track is similar to the curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track. However, two courses (6 sh) from the College of Business will be used to replace two core courses listed in the core curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track and two (6 sh) more replacing electives. The courses need to be approved by the Department Head before they are taken.

Track III: Professional Chemical Education Track

The curriculum of the Professional Chemical Education track is similar to the curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track.  Two courses (6 sh) from the College of Education can be used to replace two core courses listed in the core curriculum of the Professional Chemistry track and two (6 sh) more replacing electives. The courses need to be approved by the Department Head before they are taken.

Notes:

Comprehensive Exam is required at the end of the program

CHEM 501 - Graduate Seminar
Hours: 1
Graduate Seminar. One semester hour. Students' presentations of research articles from recent chemical journals and guest speakers' lectures on their research, with discussion. Students meet with guest speakers to learn about employment and other professional opportunities.

CHEM 502 - Safety in the Chemical Laboratory
Hours: 1-3
An introduction to the safety problems encountered in the operation of the chemical laboratory. Topics include types of hazardous materials, proper storage procedures, causes of accidents, identification and minimization of laboratory hazards, proper utilization of safety devices, emergency procedures and review of safety codes.

CHEM 503 - Advanced Chemistry Survey I
Hours: 4
This is the first part of two course series to increase the knowledge of students pursuing a masters in chemistry who lack training in traditional upper level chemistry courses.

CHEM 504 - Advanced Chemistry Survey II
Hours: 4
This is the second part of a two course series to increase the knowledge of students pursuing a masters in chemistry who lack training in traditional upper level chemistry courses.

CHEM 513 - Organic Mechanisms & Structure
Hours: 3
A study of the fundamental mechanisms of organic reactions with emphasis on the effects of structural and stereochemical changes on the course of reactions. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CHEM 514 - Biochemistry
Hours: 3
This is a one-semester graduate-level course in biochemistry that will develop mastery in the nomenclature and function of the major classes of molecules associated with living organisms. The subject matter is appropriate to prepare students for doctoral programs in chemistry or biochemistry. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CHEM 515 - Synthetic Organic Transformations
Hours: 3
Synthetic Organic Transformations. Three semester hours. Chemical and biochemical methods for transforming and synthesizing organic chemical compounds, including bioactive agents and pharmaceuticals. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head and instructor's approval. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor.

CHEM 518 - Thesis
Hours: 1-6
Thesis. Three to six semester hours. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis.

CHEM 521 - Chemical Thermodynamics
Hours: 3
Thermodynamics. Three semester hours. A study of the theories and applications of classical thermodynamic functions. Prerequisites: Chemistry 351 and 352.

CHEM 522 - Quantum Chemistry
Hours: 3
Quantum Chemistry. Three semester hours. A study of the mathematical aspects of quantum mechanics including blackbody radiation, fundamental postulates, rotation, vibration, hydrogen atom, variational calculation, pertubational calculation, electron spin, chemical bonding, and spectroscopy.

CHEM 523 - Mathematical Methods in Chemistry
Hours: 3
Mathematical Methods in Chemistry. Three semester hours. Mathematical methods and their utility in the various fields of chemistry will be covered. As the subject matter changes, the course may be repeated up to two times with department head approval. Prerequisites: Consent of the department head.

CHEM 527 - Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I
Hours: 3
Chemical and Biochemical Characterization Methods I. Three semester hours. Methods for purifying, identifying and characterizing chemical and biochemical compounds. Use of spectroscopic, diffraction, and chromatographic methods, especially those utilized in research. As the subject changes, the course may be repeated for credit.

CHEM 528 - Chem Biochem Charact II
Hours: 3
The course focuses on the instrumentation methods covered by CHEM 527. It includes the method development of the software and detailed understanding of the hardware components and their modifications to meet various application needs.

CHEM 529 - Workshop in Chemistry
Hours: 3-6
For current and future teachers of chemistry and other sciences. Depending on the subject and students' needs, this course consists of lectures or lectures and laboratory. As the subject changes, the course may be taken repeatedly, but the maximum total credit is six semester hours. Prerequisites: department head's consent.

CHEM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chem
Hours: 3
Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry. Three semester hours. A study of the application of modern concepts of bonding and energetics to problems of the structure and reactions of inorganic compounds.

CHEM 533 - Kinetics and Mechanism
Hours: 3
Chemical Kinetics and Mechanism. Three semester hours. Principles and methods of chemical kinetics and study of reaction mechanisms in organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head's permission.

CHEM 536 - Organometallic Chemistry
Hours: 3
Organometallic Chemistry. Three semester hours. Synthesis, structure, reactivity, and other properties of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds. Application of organometallics in synthesis, catalysis, and industrial processes. As the subject changes, the course may be taken twice, with department head's approval.

CHEM 541 - Adv Analytical Chemistry
Hours: 3
Advanced Analytical Chemistry. Three semester hours. Theoretical principles of analytical chemistry and their applications.

CHEM 547 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis I
Hours: 3
Principles and techniques of analytical chemistry will be covered. As the subject matter changes, the course may be repeated up to two times with department head approval.

CHEM 548 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis II
Hours: 3
Advanced Instrumental Analysis II. Three semester hours. The course extends the coverage of instruments not covered by CHEM 547. It includes methods of development of the software and detailed understanding of the hardware components and their modifications to meet various application needs.

CHEM 581 - Nuclear Science
Hours: 3
Nuclear Science. Three semester hours. Principles of nuclear reactions, nuclear decay laws, nuclear structure, and radiochemical techniques will be covered. This course is designed for advanced study in nuclear science. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CHEM 589 - Independent Studies
Hours: 1-4
Independent Studies. Assigned reading or assigned original research project, which the student does under the guidance of a faculty member. Students in option I may take this course in addition to CHEM 518. Students in option II may take this course to improve their qualifications and career prospects. May be repeated once, for work on the same project. Prerequisites: More than two complete semesters of graduate study, instructor's approval, and department head's consent.

CHEM 595 - Research Lit & Techniques
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. Option-II students learn about current research by studying assigned articles in primary literature and preparing a scholarly review of primary literature or doing a smaller research project. Option-I students take CHEM 518 instead. Prerequisites: more than two semesters of graduate study, approval by the students advising professor, and consent of the department head.

CHEM 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4