The MS degree requires the completion of at least thirty-two credit hours of core and elective courses. The formal course work for the MS degree is structured around a core of courses that includes nine to twelve credit hours of advanced chemistry courses from three chemistry categories and two credit hours of chemistry seminar. The remaining credit requirements may be fulfilled with any combination of elective courses suitable to a desired concentration and approved by the student’s advisor.
MS students in the clinical chemistry program fulfill the departmental thirty-two-credit-hour requirement by completing the sequence of courses specified by the program. Part-time students employed as professional chemists usually complete the credit requirement by taking appropriate courses as arranged by their advisor.
Full-time students in all areas (except clinical chemistry) ordinarily complete their program by taking appropriate courses for a total of at least sixteen credits (excluding credit for CHM 600 Chemistry Teaching) and then at least sixteen credits in experimental research (CHM 699 MS Thesis) under the direction of a faculty advisor selected by the student. Upon completion of the research, each student is required to produce and defend a thesis accepted by a thesis committee. The committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least two other graduate faculty members.