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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Graduate Common Core (9 courses/32 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CHE 494SCIENCE WRITING AND COMMUNICATION4
Select six of the following common core courses:24
CHE 422
INORGANIC STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY
CHE 424
GROUP THEORY
CHE 442
PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
CHE 444
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PROTEIN BIOCHEMISTRY
CHE 450
ADVANCED MECHANISTIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 452
ADVANCED SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 470
STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS
CHE 472
MOLECULAR DYNAMICS
Select one of the following special topics courses:4
CHE 480
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
CHE 482
SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY
CHE 484
SPECIAL TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 486
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 488
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

Track Requirements

In addition to the 9 courses at 32 credit hours in the Graduate Common Core, Chemistry students must complete the requirements within their chosen track: Thesis Track or one of the Non-Thesis Tracks.

Thesis Track

  • CHE 497 (minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • One additional 4 credit-hour course at the 400-level (excluding CHE 497)
  • In addition, MS thesis students must write a thesis based on their research project and successfully pass a two-part oral exam. The first part of the examination consists of the thesis presentation and defense; the second part is an oral examination concerning the student's general knowledge of chemistry.

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