Feb 06, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Chemistry and Biochemistry M.S.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, biochemistry or a related discipline, with a cumulative GPA of 2.75, or of 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work. An application must be submitted to the Graduate College, with official transcripts of all college-level work. Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant’s potential as a graduate student should be sent directly to the department along with an additional set of transcripts. The GRE General Aptitude Test results must be received by the department prior to regular admission.

Individuals with apparent deficiencies in their undergraduate background may be required to enroll in selected courses in addition to those listed in the following section to satisfy M.S. degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

1. Required Courses

2. Specializations

Research and course work specializations are available in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. The individual student’s program of course work must be selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s committee, and may include courses from selected disciplines other than chemistry, such as biology, physics, civil and environmental engineering, or water resources management.

3. Research Advisor

Students are expected to select a research advisor by the end of their first semester.

4. Departmental Seminar

Each student is required to present a departmental seminar on the student’s research prior to graduation. This requirement is in addition to the two credits in CHEM 791. Students are expected to attend weekly departmental seminars.

5. Student’s Examination Committee

Each student is required to meet at least once per semester with the student’s examination committee. At the meeting in the semester prior to the expected term of graduation, the student will be asked to make a detailed presentation on research progress. The committee will then make recommendations to be addressed by the student during the remainder of the student’s research program, in writing the thesis, and in the final examination. The committee may request another meeting prior to the final exam if deemed necessary.


It is expected that each student be a teaching assistant for a minimum of two courses prior to graduation. It is also expected that each student publish at least one research-based manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal.

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