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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 02, 2023
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry, MS

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Requirements for the Master’s Degree

Four to six terms of full-time graduate work is generally required to obtain a MS degree in chemistry (a minimum of 30 credits). Special arrangements can be made for individuals who wish to pursue a MS degree as part time students. Each MS student must take a minimum of 12 credits of 2000- or 3000-level chemistry courses. These must include 2 three-credit core courses (CHEM 2110 , CHEM 2120 , CHEM 2210 , CHEM 2220 , CHEM 2230 , CHEM 2310 , CHEM 2320 , CHEM 2430 , CHEM 2440 , CHEM 2810 , CHEM 2820 ); the remaining courses can either be in the student’s area of specialization or in other chemistry division areas. Students electing to present a nonresearch thesis must take one laboratory course (CHEM 1250, 1430, 1440, or 1600) for credit, in addition to the preceding requirements. Each student must also demonstrate proficiency in physical chemistry by achieving 65% or higher score on physical chemistry appraisal exam, or earn a grade of B or better in CHEM 1410 and 1420 (or equivalent) or earn a B or better grade in either CHEM 2430  or CHEM 2440 .

Additional Requirements

Comprehensive Examination: The student must earn a B or higher in all required chemistry courses and must maintain an overall QPA of 3.0 or higher to be in good standing. The comprehensive examination consists of an examination of the student’s record in the required core courses and the additional 2000- or 3000-level courses.

Thesis: The thesis for the MS must represent an original research project or a comprehensive and detailed survey of a research topic of current interest in chemistry. It must be defended in an oral examination.

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