Chemistry - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Chemistry is offered in the major emphasis areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The M.S. degree can be obtained through either a thesis option or a non-thesis option. Both options require at least 30 credits of course work. The thesis option program is designed to teach students modern approaches to chemistry and biochemistry (courses), experimental methods to problem–solving  (research), and communication skills in the discipline (seminars and colloquia). All M.S. candidates are required to complete the courses below, pass a qualifying exam at the end of the first year, and pass a final comprehensive examination. Thesis-option students additionally complete a written thesis.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
CHEM 475Central Concepts in Chemistry - Safety1
CHEM 476Central Concepts in Chemistry - Research Ethics1
CHEM 477Central Concepts in Chemistry - ProfessionalDevelopment (Required Courses)1
CHEM 501Central Concepts in Chemistry - Energy3
CHEM 502Central Concepts in Chemistry - Structure3
CHEM 503Central Concepts in Chemistry - Dynamics3
CHEM 504Central Concepts in Chemistry - Measurements3
Discussions in Chemistry 11-6
Seminar 21-3
Additional Course Requirements 36-9
Research Credits 47-18
Total Credits30-51

Discussions in Chemistry participation is required in  BCHE 590 Discussions in Biochemistry or consult with your advisor for additional options.


Seminar presentation is required in at least one of following courses: CHEM 510 Graduate Student Seminar, CHEM 520 Comprehensive Literature Review Seminar for Graduate Students, or BCHE 540 Seminar in Biochemistry.


Additional courses in subsequent years are chosen based on major emphasis area, through consultation with the thesis committee or an advisor. 


Require only for the thesis option: CHEM 599 Master's Thesis or BCHE 599 Master's Thesis

Information about additional course requirements: Through consultation with the thesis committee (thesis option) or an advisor (non-thesis option), students must complete 3-9 additional course credits. These courses can include BCHE 542 Biochemistry I , BCHE 545 Molecular and Biochemical GeneticsBCHE 546 Biochemistry II, BCHE 647 Physical Biochemistry or BCHE 649 Topics in Biochemistry (Biochemistry); CHEM 507 Chemistry of the Elements (Inorganic); CHEM 514 Organic Structure DeterminationCHEM 515 Modern Organic ChemistryCHEM 516 Physical Organic Chemistry, or CHEM 619 Topics in Organic Chemistry (Organic); CHEM 521 Chemical Instrumentation CHEM 526 Advanced Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 527 SeparationsCHEM 529 Spectrochemical Analysis, or CHEM 629 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry (Analytical); and, CHEM 537 Quantum ChemistryCHEM 538 Chemical Kinetics, or CHEM 639 Topics in Physical Chemistry (Physical).