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Chemistry Master of Science

Graduate Course Descriptions

The Department of Chemistry offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option leading to the master of science degree in chemistry. The thesis option is designed to provide students with advanced course work and experience in chemical research. This option is desirable for students to engage in chemical research or continue graduate studies toward the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. The course-type option (non-thesis) is designed to provide students with a strong technical education, but with less emphasis on research. The non-thesis option is primarily designed for persons who wish to combine advanced work in chemistry with another profession, such as business or patent law for persons already engaged in an industrial or governmental occupation requiring advanced work in chemistry or for persons engaged (or who will be engaged) in high school or junior college teaching of chemistry. All candidates for the master of science degree in chemistry must satisfy all additional requirements for the master’s degree of the Department of Chemistry.

Admissions: All candidates for admission to the chemistry department for the M.S. degree in chemistry must possess a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from an accredited institution of higher learning. They must have at least an overall “B” average. Students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in chemistry will be required to complete a department-designated sequence of undergraduate courses with grades of “B” or better. A battery of ACS placement examinations will be administered to every entering student to determine course selection during his/her first year of graduate study. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). They must earn a combined score of at least 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and/or possess at least a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale over the junior and senior years of undergraduate study.

Course Requirements: All students pursuing the M.S. Degree in Chemistry are required to complete a minimum of thirty-one (31) semester hours. For both the thesis-type and course-type options, a course of study is formulated for each student by a supervisory committee. In any case, each student must complete sixteen semester hours of core courses as listed below:

Core Courses Sem Hrs.
CHM 5155 Chemical Separations Methods3
CHM 5460C Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics 3
CHM 5610C Inorganic Chemistry Principles 3
BCH 5041C Protein Biochemistry 3
CHM 5225C Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 6935 Chemistry  Graduate Seminar 1
Course Electives  Sem.Hrs.
CHM 5301 Bio-Organic Chemistry3
CHM 5150C Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 5490C Chemical Spectroscopy 3
CHM 5440C Chemical Kinetics 3
CHM 5480C Quantum Chemistry 3
CHM 5260C Physical Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 5380C Topics in Organic Synthesis 3
CHM 5650C Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 5513C Principles of X-Ray Crystallography 3
CHM 5540C Chemical Applications of Group 3
CHM 5140C Electronic Instrumentation for Chemical Analysis 3
CHM 5971C Graduate Thesis in ChemistryVar.
BCH 5045 Nucleic Acids 3
BCH 5501C Enzymology 3
CHS 5610C Environmental Chemistry 3

Students following the Thesis tract must complete, in addition to the core courses,
a.    Three (3) hours of elective courses,
b.    Twelve (12) hours of thesis research. Upon consultation with the major professor, six (6) of these hours may be substituted with elective courses.
c.    A successfully oral presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis based on original laboratory research.

Students following the non-thesis option must complete, in addition to the core courses, nine (9) hours of electives and an approved project for three (3) semester hours.  A written report, acceptable to the department, should be submitted at the end of the project.
Students who wish to pursue a teaching career must complete, in addition to the core courses, twenty-one (21) to twenty-three (23) hours of  education courses in the College of Education.

Regardless of the type of master’s degree students pursue in the chemistry department, all of them must satisfy the following additional requirements:
1.    Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
2.    For at least two semesters, successfully complete a task assigned by the chairman of the department and the chairman of the graduate committee. The task may be teaching at least         one undergraduate laboratory course under departmental supervision or assisting a faculty member in grading or any other activity deemed to be an important part of graduate training.
3.    Achieve a passing grade (70%) on a written comprehensive examination.

Graduate Course Descriptions

BCH 5501C Enzymology (3) Prereq: One semester of introductory biochemistry or consent of instructor. Study of structure of enzymes; enzyme kinetics; mechanism of enzyme action and regulation of enzyme activity.
BCH 5045 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry (3) Prereq: One semester of introductory biochemistry or consent of instructor. A detailed study of the chemistry of nucleic acids; DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis and processing; genes and control of gene expression recombinant DNA; gene function in immunological specificity and in development; genetic basis of cancer.
BCH 5041C Protein Biochemistry (3) Prereq: One semester of introductory biochemistry or consent of instructor. A comprehensive study of chemistry of amino acids, peptides, and proteins; protein structure; purification and analysis of proteins; protein turnover.
CHM 5140C Electronic Instrumentation for Chemical Analysis (3) Review of Basic circuits for AC and DC signals. Amplifiers, operational amplifiers, and other circuits used for analog signal processing. Modulation and demodulation techniques. Introduction to digital electronics, A-D/D-A converters. Microprocessors and introduction to computer control of chemical instrumentation. S/N enhancement methods.
CHM 5150C Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) Acid-Base, complexation, redox, and solubility equilibria treated at an advanced level; electrochemical methods of analysis, including potentiometric, coulometric, voltammetric, and conductiometric methods. Statistical methods used in chemical analysis.
CHM 5151C Spectrochemical Analysis Methods (3) Spectrochemical information and measurements. Optical sources, transducers, and dispersive device used in atomic and molecular spectroscopy, nondispersive systems, multichannel analyzers, and multiplexing methods.
CHM 5155C Chemical Separation Methods (3) Modern filtration technology, distillation and extraction instrumentation and methods, and chromatographic instrumentation and methods including gas liquid, thin layer column, high performance liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
CHM 5225C Advanced Organic Chemistry (3) Prereq: One year of undergraduate organic chemistry and consent of department. A survey of the major areas of contemporary organic chemistry to include reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, molecular rearrangements, conformation analysis, and exercises in the synthesis of complex organic molecules.
CHM 5260C Physical Organic Chemistry (3) Prereq: Advanced Organic Chemistry. An intensive examination of molecular orbital theory and orbital symmetry; thermochemistry and thermochemical kinetics relations, to the study of reaction mechanisms; solvent and substituent effects on rates and equilibria; localized and delocalized bonding.
CHM 5301 Bio-Organic Chemistry (3) An advanced discussion of the use of chemically synthesized molecular models to explain biological/biochemical processes and reactions.
CHM 5380C Topics in Organic Synthesis (3) Prereq: Advanced Organic Chemistry. Discussion and application of modern synthetic methodology relating to natural products and other complex organic molecules, blocking groups and selective functional group interconversions.
CHM 5440C Chemical Kinetics (3) Prereq: Chemical and statistical thermodynamics or consent of department. Theory and methods for the study of reaction rates and the elucidation of reaction mechanisms in the gas and liquid phases.
CHM 5460C Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics (3) Prereq: One year of calculus based undergraduate physical chemistry or by consent of the department. The purpose of the course is to extend the student’s knowledge of chemical and statistical thermodynamics first introduced in an undergraduate physical chemistry course. The student should obtain a grasp of the underlying dynamical and statistical nature of thermodynamics. The main emphasis will be in equilibrium thermodynamics; but non-equilibrium thermodynamics will also be presented.
CHM 5480C Quantum Chemistry (3) Prereq: One year of calculus based physical chemistry or by consent of the department. The purpose of the course is to develop in the student an understanding of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and to use those fundamentals as the basis for understanding the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and, in particular, the bonding structure of molecules. A level of mathematics rigor including the use of differential equations and vector analysis will be required for dealing with the material.
CHM 5490C Chemical Spectroscopy (3) Prereq: Quantum chemistry. An introduction to the relationships among quantum mechanical formulations, experimentally determinable quantities obtained via spectroscopic methods and physical parameters related to the structure of molecular systems. The main scope of the course will be devoted to an in-depth development of relations for elementary systems.
CHM 5531C X-Ray Crystallography (3) Prereq: Inorganic chemistry principles. An introductory treatment of the principles and basic laws of crystallography. These laws and principles will be used to solve molecular structures from x-ray diffraction data.
CHM 5540C Chemical Application of Group Theory (3) Prereq: Admission to graduate program. A detailed treatment of the principles of group theory and their applications to quantum mechanics and spectra of molecules.
CHM 5610C Inorganic Chemistry Principles (3) Prereq: One semester of undergraduate inorganic chemistry or consent of the department. Atomic structure, term symbols, modern bonding theories, acid-base chemistry, coordination chemistry, chemical reactions and mechanisms.
CHM 5650C Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry (3) Prereq: Inorganic chemistry principles. A brief introductory treatment of group theory; presentation of modern structural techniques applicable to elucidation of inorganic molecules as revealed through spectroscopic methods.
CHS 5610C Environmental Chemistry (3) Methods of sampling, detection monitoring, and analysis for chemical pollutants in the air, in the water environment, and in food and drugs; chemical technology’s role in solid waste management; introduction to environmental laws.
CHM 5931C Special Topics (3 to 6) Prereq: Consent of the department. Coverage of selected topics, concepts and theoretical principles at the graduate level of organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and/or inorganic chemistry. Coverage of subject matter is tailored to the needs and interests of the graduate student.
CHM 5942C Chemistry Laboratory Supervision and Instruction (3 to 6) Prereq: Consent of the department. Strong emphasis is placed on theoretical principles of undergraduate chemistry and pedagogy and reinforced with graduate student teaching of a chemistry laboratory course under faculty supervision.
CHM 5971C Graduate Thesis in Chemistry (6-9) Prereq: Completion of core courses or consent of department. Students will conduct individual research investigations in the area of their specific interest under the direction and supervision of a graduate faculty member. Upon completion of the research investigation, each student must submit a thesis in the acceptable format to his or her graduate committee and successfully defend the thesis in an oral presentation.
CHM 6935 Graduate Chemistry Seminar (1) Oral presentations on selected topics in the field of chemistry. Each graduate student is required to present one seminar in his or her area of specialization according to departmental standards.