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Chemistry

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Master of Science in Chemistry (code CHEMMS01)


Prerequisites

1. Acceptance as a graduate student by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department;

2. A bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry; or a bachelor's degree with undergraduate preparation in chemistry, physics and mathematics equivalent to that required for the bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry at this University.

3. Entering graduate students are required to take placement examinations in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Any student failing to take and pass a placement examination in any of these subjects is required to enroll in an appropriate course as recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee. Usually the recommended courses are: CHEM 251 and/or 451 if the subject is analytical chemistry, CHEM 431 if the subject is inorganic chemistry; CHEM 320A and/or CHEM 320B if the subject is organic chemistry; and CHEM 371A and/or 371B if the subject is physical chemistry.

4. The placement examinations are usually given on the Monday and Tuesday of the week preceding the first day of instruction. The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates the examinations and recommends appropriate courses to correct any deficiencies in chemistry. The Chemistry Graduate Advisor will meet with the student at this time to prepare a tentative degree program.

5. Students may take placement examinations at the start of their first and second semesters. At least two placement examinations must be taken before the start of the first semester. Students who fail to pass at least two placement examinations by the start of the first semester will be required to enroll immediately in the appropriate courses to correct two of their deficiencies. All four placement examinations must be taken before the start of the second semester. No placement examination may be taken more than twice, and no placement examinations may be taken after the start of the second semester.

Advancement to Candidacy


The regulations governing the master's degree are there in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. The Department recommends advancement to candidacy after the graduate student has:

1. Either passed the placement examinations in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry or passed the courses as recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee for correcting deficiencies;

2. Earned an average of at least 3.0 (B) in all work completed at this University as a graduate student;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

4. Obtained approval of a graduate degree program by the Chemistry Graduate Advisor, the Department Chair (in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee), and Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The student is expected to be advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the third semester of graduate work. Upon advancement to candidacy, a Thesis Committee will be selected in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee.

Requirements

1. Advancement to candidacy;

2. The completion of a minimum of 30 units with:
A. A minimum of nine units in chemistry lecture courses in the 500 series (excluding CHEM 595). These courses must be selected from at least two of the following fields: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biological chemistry;
B. Two units of CHEM 595;
C. Two units of CHEM 660, a maximum of 3 units of CHEM 697 and 4 to 6 units of CHEM 698;
D. Nine to 12 units from 400 and 500 series courses (excluding CHEM 595) approved by the Graduate Advisor. The exact number of units depends on the number of 600-level courses taken.
Changes in the above pattern of course requirements may be made only at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Advisor subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability.

3. Completion of a written thesis acceptable to the members of the thesis committee and a public presentation of the thesis research. The public presentation must be completed before the thesis is signed by the committee members.

 

**Please be advised that the correct requirements listed here differ from those in the printed catalog.**

Master of Science in Biochemistry (code CHEMMS02)


Prerequisites

1. Acceptance as a graduate student by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department;

2. A bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or one of the biological sciences. Prerequisite courses include CHEM 251, CHEM 320A,B, CHEM 377A,B, CHEM 420, CHEM 441A,B, MATH 122, MATH 123, or their equivalents and courses in general biology and cell/molecular biology. A student deficient in any of these courses must complete the course(s) as a graduate student.

3. Entering graduate students are required to take placement examinations in analytical, biological, organic and physical chemistry. Any student failing to take and pass a placement examination in any of these subjects is required to enroll in an appropriate course as recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee. Usually the recommended courses are: CHEM 251 and/or 451 if the subject is analytical chemistry, CHEM 441A and/or 441B if the subject is biochemistry; CHEM 320A and/or CHEM 320B if the subject is organic chemistry, and CHEM 371A and/or 371B if the subject is physical chemistry.

4. The placement examinations are usually given on the Monday and Tuesday of the week preceding the first day of instruction. The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates the examinations and recommends appropriate courses to correct any deficiencies in chemistry. The Biochemistry Graduate Advisor will meet with the student at this time to prepare a tentative degree program.

5. Students may take placement examinations at the start of their first and second semesters. At least two placement examinations, including the biochemistry examination, must be taken before the start of the first semester. Students who fail to pass at least two placement examinations by the start of the first semester will be required to enroll immediately in the appropriate courses to correct two of their deficiencies. All four placement examinations must be taken before the start of the second semester. No placement examination may be taken more than twice, and no placement examinations may be taken after the start of the second semester.

Advancement to Candidacy


The regulations governing the master's degree are there in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. The Department recommends advancement to candidacy after the graduate student has:

1. Either passed the placement examinations in analytical, biological, organic and physical chemistry or passed courses recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee for correcting the deficiencies;

2. Earned at least a 3.0 ("B") average in all graduate work completed at this University;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

4. Obtained approval of a graduate degree program by the graduate advisor, the Department Chair (in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee), and Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The criteria above should be met by the beginning of the third semester of graduate study. Deficient students may continue at the discretion of the Department Graduate Studies Committee.

Requirements

1. Advancement to candidacy.

2. The completion of a minimum of 30 units with:

A. A minimum of nine units in chemistry lecture courses in the 500 series (excluding CHEM 595);

B. Three units of CHEM 595;

C. Two units of CHEM 660, a maximum of 3 units of CHEM 697 and 4 to 6 units of CHEM 698.

D. The following courses taken either prior to or during the course of this program: (1) CHEM 443 and CHEM 451; (2) at least one senior or graduate level course in cell/molecular biology or a related area. Credit earned in these courses may be included in the student’s official program at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor.

E. Additional 400 and 500 level science courses (excluding CHEM 595) approved by the Graduate Advisor. These courses may also include CHEM 371B.

Changes in the above pattern of course requirements may be made only at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Advisor subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability.

3. Completion of a written thesis acceptable to the members of the thesis committee and a public presentation of the thesis research. The public presentation must be completed before the thesis is signed by the committee members.