CHEMISTRY - Dept. Code:  CHM
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DEGREE PROGRAMS

Prospective graduate students are expected to have completed, during their undergraduate training:

The candidate must hold a B.S./B.A. degree from an accredited institution. Consideration is given to applicants who have successfully completed general chemistry (two semesters), organic chemistry (two semesters), physical chemistry (two semesters), and the related laboratories. A course in advanced inorganic chemistry is strongly recommended, and remedial work in this area may be required of students who have not taken such a course. The mathematics and physics courses that are normally included in a B.S. program in chemistry are also required.

Undergraduate deficiencies are treated as such and must be overcome during the first year of graduate study.

M.S. Degree

The MS degree requires a minimum of 30 credits.  At least 18 credits must be formal lecture courses. The remaining 12 credits must be broken down as follows:

Course Credits

Chemistry Seminar (CHM 679) 2
Chemistry Seminar (CHM 680) 1
Introduction to Research (CHM 685) 2
Master’s Thesis (CHM 710) 7

Students must take a minimum of 9 credits of formal lecture courses in the fall semester of their first year and a minimum 9 credits of formal lecture courses in the spring semester of their first year. Of the 18 credits, 3 core courses totaling 9 credits should be taken by all graduate students.

• The required number of credits in the chemistry seminars (CHM 679 and 680) and Introduction to Research (CHM 685) must be taken in the first and second year.

• The required number of credits in research (CHM 710) must be taken in the second year.

• A dissertation based on research of a quality acceptable for publication in a recognized scientific journal must be completed before the end of the second year.

The remaining courses may be selected from 600-level chemistry courses or 500- or 600-level courses in other departments.
The M.S. degree may be earned with or without a thesis.
In order to complete a MS degree without thesis, an advanced comprehensive exam must be passed.
The exam is administered at the end of the second year in the program.
Ph. D. Degree

The general requirements for the doctorate in Chemistry are set forth in this Bulletin under the heading Doctor of Philosophy. The Department of Chemistry has the following specific requirements:

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. The department will cover tuition costs up to 60 credits for students on assistantships and fellowships. At least 18 credits must be formal lecture courses. The remaining 42 credits could be broken down as follows:

Courses Credits

Chemistry Seminar (CHM 679) 4
Chemistry Seminar (CHM 680) 2
Introduction to Research (CHM 685) 2
Problems in Research Planning (CHM 688) 2
Pre-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 730) 28
Post-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 740) 4

Students must take a minimum of 9 credits of formal lecture courses in the fall semester of their first year and a minimum 9 credits of formal lecture courses in the spring semester of their first year. Of the 18 credits, 3 core courses totaling 9 credits should be taken by all graduate students.

• The required number of credits in the chemistry seminar (CHM 679) must be taken in the first and second year.

• The required number of credits in Introduction to Research (CHM 685) must be taken in the first year.

• The required number of credits in the chemistry seminar (CHM 680) must be taken in the second and fourth year.

• The required number of credits in Pre-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 730) must be taken in the first, second, third and fourth year.

• The required number of credits in Post-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 740) must be taken in the fourth year.

• Four Cumulative Examinations must be passed before the end of the first year.

• An Oral Comprehensive Exam must be passed before the end of the second year.

• An original research proposal in Problems in Research Planning (CHM 688) must be presented and defended before the end of the third year.

• A dissertation based on research of a quality acceptable for publication in a recognized scientific journal must be completed before the end of the fifth year.