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. Thesis-option students must also pass a qualifying exam at the end of the first year and a final comprehensive examination which includes a written thesis. Non-thesis option students must pass a final exam, the format and content of which will be decided by a departmental committee.

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
CHEM 510Graduate Student Seminar 13
CHEM 600Research 29
Additional Graduate-level courses 33-12
Total Credits30-39

Only 3 credits of CHEM 510 will count toward the M.S. degree. For the thesis option, at least one credit of CHEM 510 must be taken for a letter grade of B- or better. The remaining CHEM 510 credits for the thesis option and all credits for the non-thesis option may be taken as S/U. 


Required only for thesis-option.


Additional courses are chosen based on major emphasis area, through consultation with the thesis committee or an advisor and can include research credits.