The Master of Science in chemistry provides training for those who wish to advance their careers in research, industry, government service or teaching. In addition to advancing students toward a doctoral program, the program also provides courses of interest to industrial chemists who already may hold advanced degrees. In addition to full-time faculty, the department of chemistry draws part-time faculty from local industries, allowing a broader range of offerings.

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university.
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 credits in undergraduate chemistry with laboratory work, including physical and organic chemistry, a working knowledge of calculus and one year of physics with laboratory.
  • Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master’s degree.)
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a nonmatriculated or nondegree basis.

Degree Plan

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in courses prescribed or approved for the degree of Master of Science in chemistry. Compliance with the minimum course requirements listed below.

Core courses

Two of the following three courses:

Other courses

A student may substitute 9 credits of additional chemistry courses for: CHEM6801CHEM6802 Research and Thesis and CHEM6803 Thesis Seminar (total 7 credits) requirements. This makes a minimum of 34 credits in courses for the Master of Science degree when a student elects the non-thesis option.

Minimum of 6 credits in additional chemistry courses approved by the adviser. Up to 6 credits of graduate courses in a single area outside chemistry to be approved by adviser may be substituted.

Course Descriptions

  • CHEM6613 Modern theories of bonding, structure, stability of molecules, complexes and reaction mechanisms, using examples drawn from the current literature.

  • CHEM6641 Fundamental theories of quantam chemistry applied to chemical bonding and molecular structure.

  • CHEM6651 Principles of classical thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

  • CHEM6673 Current theories of the structure and reactivity of organic compounds, including dipole moments, stereochemistry and modern mechanisms.

  • CHEM6781 Chemistry of substances of biological significance, structures and mechanisms of hydrolytic and respiratory enzymes, biosystheses of proteins, bio-oxidations and molecular structures of complex molecules.

  • CHEM6801 Individual research investigation in an area of chemistry under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Approved thesis must be submitted.

  • CHEM6802 Individual research investigation in an area of chemistry under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Approved thesis must be submitted.

  • CHEM6803 An oral presentation and defense of thesis before a departmental committee.

  • CHEM6805 Chemical literature is reviewed through lectures, library assignments and student seminars. Spring

  • CHEM7751 Theory of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, factors influencing reaction rates, theory of absolute rates, chain reactions, catalysis.

  • CHEM7771 Modern synthetic techniques and procedures, emphasizing the theoretical background of the procedures and preparing the student for advanced research.