The department offers the Master of Science (thesis or nonthesis) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in chemistry and specialization in biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry. The nonthesis degree Master of Science in Teaching is also offered with a major in chemistry. New graduate students should have adequate undergraduate training in inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry. Normally this will include as a minimum a year of general chemistry, one semester of quantitative analysis, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physical chemistry, and one semester of advanced inorganic chemistry. Additional courses in instrumental analysis, biochemistry, and advanced physical and organic chemistry are desirable. Deficiencies in any of these areas may be corrected during the first year of graduate study. Such deficiencies are determined by a series of placement tests given prior to registration, and the results of these tests are used in planning the student’s program. Doctoral candidates are required to complete at least 9 semester credits of courses specified by the division of the Chemistry Department in which they choose to specialize, as well as at least 9 semester credits of out-of-major-division courses. There are some minor restrictions on courses that may be used to meet this requirement. Additional courses may be required by the student’s supervisory committee or major professor.
Ph.D. candidates must serve not less than one year as teaching assistants. This requirement will be waived only when, in the opinion of the department, unusual circumstances justify such action. A chemical physics option is offered for students who will be doing research in areas of physical chemistry which require a strong background in physics. For this option, a student meets the departmental requirements for concentration in physical chemistry, except that only one out-of-major division course is required. In addition, a minimum of 14 credits in 4000 level or higher physics courses or a minimum of 7 such credits in physics and 7 in 4000 level or higher mathematics courses is required. Candidates for the master’s degree are required to complete any two core courses. The Master of Science degree in chemistry has both thesis and nonthesis options. The nonthesis degree Master of Science in Teaching is offered with a major in chemistry and requires a written paper of substantial length (30 to 50 pages) on an approved topic pertaining to some phase of chemistry, under the course CHM 6905 .