The Master of Science degree in Chemistry is research-oriented and requires the completion of 24 semester units and the successful presentation of a thesis.
Graduate students plan, in consultation with their research advisor for their area of research, a program of study after a proper foundation for graduate research in chemistry is demonstrated. The Graduate Director and research advisor supervise the student's program.
New students in the Chemistry program take two evaluative exams in selected subject areas. Students select from the following areas: biochemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. If a new student fails to pass one or both of these exams, she or he will meet with the Graduate Director and research advisor to develop a follow-up plan. This can involve taking an undergraduate course in the appropriate subject(s) (grade of B or better required) or an independent study followed by another evaluative examination in the area(s) in which deficiency was found. Deficiencies need to be resolved by the start of the second semester of studies in order to continue in the graduate program.
Courses taken must be graduate-level courses or upper-division courses approved by the Department of Chemistry. At least 12 of the required units must be Graduate Research Methods and Thesis Writing.
Courses sometimes taken by graduate students include:
- Materials Chemistry
- Applied Spectroscopy
- Solar Energy Conversion
Directed Study for Selected Topics
Graduate Research Methods
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Students, with the approval of their advisor, may take upper division chemistry undergraduate elective courses.
Students consult with their advisors to work out a program of directed scientific research, which results in the presentation of a professionally rendered thesis based on the research investigation.