Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Chemistry, Master of Science

Admission Criteria

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see the General Information Section of this bulletin), applicants for admission to graduate standing in chemistry are expected to present evidence of having completed the following courses with the indicated semester credit hours :

General chemistry with laboratory8
Organic chemistry with laboratory8
Quantitative analysis with laboratory 4
Physical chemistry with laboratory4
Inorganic Chemistry3
Instrumental methods of analysis 3
College Physics6

A diagnostic examination or qualifying examination covering the fundamentals of chemistry is required of all applicants prior to official admission to candidacy for the Master of Science in Chemistry degree. Only two attempts to pass this examination are permitted.

Degree Requirements

 The requirements for the Master of Science in Chemistry are summarized below:

  1. Satisfactory performance on the qualifying examination.
  2. Completion of a total of thirty (30) semester credit hours of graduate level courses (usually 500 level or above). A minimum of twenty-four (24) of these credit hours must be in chemistry, and six (6) hours of research (CHEM 861 Research Problems taken twice). The remaining six (6) hours may be taken in related disciplines such as biology, mathematics and/ or environmental toxicology.
  3. Completion and presentation (through an oral defense) of a thesis to a committee composed of members of the Department of Chemistry and representatives of the Graduate School.
  4. Fulfillment of general requirements for graduation as outlined by the Graduate School (see the General Information Section of this bulletin).

Persons wishing to acquire the Professional Certificate for Teachers of Chemistry or wishing to earn the M.Ed. for Teachers of Chemistry should contact an advisor in the College of Education.

Curriculum Summary Degree Plan

Students must meet the general requirements for all graduate students as prescribed in this bulletin. Degree Plans must be approved by the graduate program advisor prior to submission to the Graduate School.

Master of Science (Thesis)

This plan is designed to provide instructional enhancement to meet the needs of teachers, practitioners and others who wish to supplement their undergraduate education and expand their research capabilities in chemistry through study beyond the master’s degree.

Allocation of Thirty Semester Hour Course Requirements


General Requirements: Minimum thirty (30) semester credit hours and a research project (thesis).

General Core Curriculum18
Total Hours30

General Core Curriculum Requirements

CHEM 531Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 543Advanced Analytical Chem3
CHEM 633Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 635Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 861Research Problems 16
Total Hours18

Enroll twice


Select twelve credit hours from the following:12
Biochemistry 1
Seminar 1
Organic Reactions
Topics In Chemistry
Topics In Chemistry
Spec Topics In Chem
Adv Organic Chem
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Analysis 1
Fourier Series
Laplace Transforms
Total Hours12

Undergraduate/graduate credit

Approved selected ES (Environmental Toxicology) courses.