Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Possess an extensive knowledge in both breadth and depth in chemistry
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Search, read, understand and use scientific literature
  • Articulate scientific information both orally and in writing


The emphasis of this program is coursework. Non-thesis M.S. students are required to complete a minimum of 31 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Non-thesis M.S. Students are required to complete:

One of the following Organic Chemistry Courses:3
Mechanisms Of Organic Reactions
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
One of the following Physical Chemistry Courses:3
Classical Thermodynamics
Chemical Kinetics
Quantum Chemistry
Molecular Spectroscopy
Statistical Thermodynamics
Additional credit hours from graduate-level Chemistry courses numbered between CHEM 5521R, and CHEM 5589 (excluding CHEM 5530, and CHEM 5540)9
CHEM 5611Chemistry Seminar1
Additional 15 credit hours from graduate courses approved by the Graduate Program Committee (6 credit hours of CHEM 5590, CHEM 5599, or CHEM 5699 may be applied)15
Total Credits31

Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in more than two courses applicable to the M.S. program or who have a cumulative grade-point average of less than 3.0 on courses applicable toward the M.S. degree after completing 18 or more credit hours of such courses, will be terminated from the degree program. Grades received for CHEM 5590 and any undergraduate-level courses are not included in the minimum GPA calculation.

Students who have received a grade of B- or better in graduate chemistry coursework taken as part of a degree program at another institution may have up to 6 credit hours of equivalent required coursework waived upon approval of a majority of the graduate program committee. A written request for this approval must be submitted within one year of full admission to the M.S. program.

Seminar Presentation

Students must present a one-hour literature seminar based on a topic of their choice which has been approved by the Department of Chemistry Chair (or a designee). Students must register for CHEM 5611 the semester of this presentation. This seminar will include an exhaustive review of the pertinent literature and discussion of both present and future implications of research in this area. An abstract is to be posted and distributed one week prior to the presentation date.

Time Constraints and Financial Assistance

The non-thesis M.S. degree program is intended primarily for students currently employed in a chemically related industry. Full-time, non-thesis M.S. students are required to complete all of the requirements for their degree within four years. Part-time, non-thesis M.S. students are required to complete all requirements for their degree within seven years. Non-thesis M.S. students are not eligible for financial support from the Department of Chemistry.