course requirements

Course Work Requirements for the Graduate Program

Graduate course work must be at the 400-level. However, two of the following courses may be taken as part of the master’s program if they have not been previous taken as part of an undergraduate program:

  • CHEM 316: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 330: Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy or
  • CHEM 331: Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods

More information can be found in the Master of Science in Chemistry course catalog.

Core Courses

Master's students must complete at least one course in each of the four areas of the Core Courses:

Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 450 Gas Chromatography 3 cr.
Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 402 Organometallic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 406 Coordination Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 413 Modern Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 403 Physical Methods of Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 411 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3 cr.
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 404 Chemical Thermodynamics 3 cr.
CHEM 405 Quantum Mechanics 3 cr.
CHEM 412 Reaction Kinetics 3 cr.

Separation Science Concentration

Thesis students in the Separation Science program must take 21 hours from the CORE and nine hours of the following Required Coursework in the Separation Science, nine hours of Independent Study and Thesis hours: Chemistry (six hours total) in the area of Separation Science. Non-thesis students take 18 hours from the CORE, the nine hours of Required Coursework in the Separation Science, and three hours of Independent Study in the area of Separation Science.

  • CHEM 451: Liquid Chromatography, 3 cr.
  • CHEM 455: Method Development and Validation in Liquid Chromatography, 3 cr.
  • CHEM 456: Advanced Chromatographic Methods, 3 cr.

Chemical Education Concentration

Students in the Chemical Education program must take 21 hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and nine hours of Required Coursework in Education listed below or other 400 level courses from the College of Education approved by the Chemistry Department.

  • EDFN 410: Education as a Social Institution, 3 cr. 
  • LTCY 502: Literacy Instruction in Content Areas in Middle and High Schools, 3 cr.  
  • LTCY 506: Writing Instruction as Related to Reading in Middle and High Schools, 3 cr. 
  • EDFN 442: Media Technology for Educators, 3 cr. 

Business-Oriented Separation Science Concentration

Students in the Business-Oriented Separation Science program must take three hours (Gas Chromatography, CHEM 450) from the CORE, nine hours of the required coursework in the Separation Science program, three hours Independent Study in the area of Separation Science, and 15 hours of the following Required Business Competencies Coursework:

  • COBM 401: Accounting for Managers, 3 cr.
  • COBM 402: Business Economics and Finance for Managers, 3 cr.
  • COBM 403: Topics in Management and Marketing, 3 cr.
  • COBM 404: Business Statistics and Operations Decisions for Managers, 3 cr.

One elective from the following Managerial Competencies courses:

  • MNGT 474: Human Resources Policy and Decision Making, 3 cr.
  • MNGT 480: Entrepreneurship, 3 cr.
  • MNGT 389: Management of Organizational Change, 3 cr.
  • MNGT 490: Innovation and Creativity, 3 cr.
  • MNGT 491: Strategic Technology & Innovation Management, 3 cr.

General Program

Students in the General Program must take 30 credit hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and are also encouraged to do research and/or thesis work. Students writing a thesis take 21 hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and nine hours of Independent Study, and Thesis hours: Chemistry 1-3 cr. These Thesis credit hours are added over multiple semesters to make six credits total. Non-thesis students take 27 hours from the Core and/or Separation Science Emphasis and three hours of Independent Study in the area of Chemistry.