In addition to the 9 courses at 32 credit hours in the Graduate Common Core, Chemistry students must complete the requirements within their chosen track: Thesis Track or Non-Thesis Track.

Thesis Track

  • CHE 497 RESEARCH (minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • An additional 4 credit-hour course at the 400-level (excluding CHE497)
  • In addition, M.S. thesis students must write a thesis based on their research project and successfully pass a two-part oral exam.  The first part of the examination consists of the thesis presentation and defense; the second part is an oral examination concerning the student's general knowledge of chemistry. 

Non-Thesis Track

Standard Track (Non-Thesis)

  • Any three courses as 12 credit hours taken from options for other tracks.
  • An additional 4 credit-hour course at the 400-level (excluding CHE497)
  • No more than three 300-level four credit hour courses may be taken for graduate credit toward M.S.

Analytical/Physical Chemistry Track (Non-Thesis)

Biochemistry / Medicinal Chemistry Track (Non-Thesis)

Polymer/Coatings Technology Track (Non-Thesis)

Synthetic Chemistry Track (Non-Thesis)

CHE 497

RESEARCH

This course requires independent experimental exploration under the supervision of a faculty member. Thesis students must write a thesis based on their research project and successfully complete a two-part oral exam. The first part of the examination consists of the thesis presentation and defense; the second part is an oral examination concerning the student's general knowledge of chemistry. Lab fee.

CHE 310

NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY

This is a course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course emphasizes the theory of radioactive decay, nuclear properties, mass-energy systematics, and nuclear applications.
Prerequisites:
CHE 202 is a prerequisite for this course.

CHE 318

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMSTRY

This course is designed for advanced undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. The course will focus on several subfields of biophysical chemistry, including: fluorescence as a tool in biophysics; protein folding; biophysical applications of single molecule fluorescence, atomic force microscopy, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Additional topics will be selected by students from a list of possible choices.
Prerequisites:
CHE304 or CHE342 is a prerequisite for this course.

CHE 474

ADVANCED QUANTUM CHEMISTRY

One of three courses in physical chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. CHE474 is focused on quantum mechanics and will build on fundamental principles introduced in undergraduate quantum chemistry, including an examination of the particle-in-a-box, rigid rotor, and harmonic oscillator models. More advanced quantum mechanical topics such as the Dirac representation, wave packet motion, and time-dependent perturbation theory may also be explored. These topics can be used to understand phenomena such as coherent control of reactions, vibrational energy redistribution, and electronic energy transfer. The primary goals of this course are to: 1) increase students? understanding of quantum mechanical principles; 2) apply quantum mechanics to spectroscopic problems; and 3) expose students to modern literature related to quantum mechanics.

CHE 476

COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

This course is designed to provide an accessible and practical introduction to computational chemistry. The course provides an overview of different methods commonly used in the field ranging from classical to quantum mechanical ab initio and density functional methods. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE477.

CHE 477

COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE476. The laboratory experiments students will perform will reinforce material presented in lecture and allow students to explore lecture topics in more detail. The writing of laboratory reports will also offer students the opportunity to develop their scientific writing skills. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE476. Lab fee.

CHE 348

CHEMICAL BIOLOGY

This course introduces students to a new discipline spanning the fields of chemistry and biology in which chemical techniques and tools, often compounds produced through synthetic chemistry are used to study and manipulate biological systems in an effort to unravel biological problems and systems. The course will take a case study approach. Techniques encountered in the case study will be studied in depth. Primary literature will be used extensively in the in depth case study.
Prerequisites:
CHE 344 is a prerequisite for this course.

CHE 434

POLYMER CHARACTERIZATION

This course looks at the broad subject of polymer characterization. A detailed consideration is given to major methods of analysis of chemical structure, molecular weight, morphology, and rheology. Practical application of polymer characterization in society is a theme throughout the course.

CHE 431

POLYMER SYNTHESIS LABORATORY

The goal of this lab course is to expose students to experimental polymer chemistry. This course focuses on the key synthetic methods for making polymers and basic structural characterization techniques. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course. Lab fee.

CHE 430

POLYMER SYNTHESIS

This course focuses on the key synthetic organic chemistry methods for making polymers and coatings. A detailed consideration is given to the three types of polymerization reactions: step, chain, and ring-opening polymerizations. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course.

CHE 378

APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY

Organic structure determination through the interpretation of spectral information.
Prerequisites:
CHE235 or CHE239 is a prerequisite for this course.

CHE 360

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

This course emphasizes organic chemical principles and reactions vital to drug design and drug action in the human body. Medicinal chemists design molecules that alter phenomena operating at the overlap of chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and pharmacology. This course introduces the conceptual frameworks and methods employed in drug development using case histories and mechanisms of clinically important drugs as illustrative examples.
Prerequisites:
CHE 234 or CHE238 are prerequisites for this course.

CHE 327

INTERMEDIATE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE326. This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough introduction to the experimental techniques utilized by practicing chemists in the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of organic compounds. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 326. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE234 and CHE235) or (CHE238 and CHE239) are prerequisites for this course.

CHE 326

INTERMEDIATE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This one-quarter course is designed to develop the chemical intuition necessary for advanced work in organic chemistry through a review of general organic chemistry, with emphasis on the following more advanced topics: reaction mechanisms and why reactions occur; heteraromatic chemistry; curved-arrow formalism and multi-step reactions; molecular orbitals and symmetry-controlled reactions; Hammett equation and structure-activity relationships; functional group interconversions; carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions; more advanced treatment of structure and mechanism; introduction to design and planning of synthesis of organic compounds. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE327
Prerequisites:
(CHE234 and CHE235) or (CHE238 and CHE239) are prerequisites for this course.

CHE 321

INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 320. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 320. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 234 and CHE 235) or (CHE 238 and CHE 239) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 320

INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Lecture course emphasizing synthesis, structure and reactions of metal ligand compounds of general and biological interest. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE321.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 234 and CHE 235) or (CHE 238 and CHE 239) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 436

POLYMER TECHNOLOGY

This course looks at the broad subject of the polymer and coatings technology. A detailed consideration is given to polymerization processes, and polymer and coatings processing. Practical application of polymer and coatings technology in society is a theme throughout the course.

CHE 435

POLYMER CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY

The goal of this lab course is to expose students to hands-on polymer characterization techniques. This course will focus on the basic characterization techniques for determining structure and physical properties of polymers. Practical application of polymer characterization in is a theme throughout the course. Lab fee.

CHE 432

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF POLYMERS

This course looks at the broad subject of the physical chemistry of polymers and coatings. A detailed consideration is given to the role of molecular conformation and configuration in determining the physical behavior of polymers. Practical application of physical polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course.
Prerequisites:
CHE 304 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 362

DRUGS AND TOXICOLOGY

This course covers the chemical and biological analysis of the metabolism and distribution of drugs, toxins and chemicals in animals and humans, and the mechanism by which they cause therapeutic and toxic responses. Metabolism and toxicity as a basis for drug development, metabolic polymorphisms and biomarkers of exposure are also covered.
Prerequisites:
CHE 360 is a prerequisite for this course.