Catalog 2010-2012


This major is available on the thesis option for students seeking an extensive research experience in a friendly environment featuring regular interaction with their faculty mentors. Graduates of the program are well prepared for technical positions in industrial or government laboratories or for continued study in doctoral programs in chemistry. All students interested in the program must submit a complete application and transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits to the Office of Admissions (international students send these to the Aattention of International Admissions@). In addition, three letters of recommendation and a statement of scientific interests and career goals must be sent to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department (U.S. students) or to the Office of Admissions/International Admissions (international students).   Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

A minimum of 30 semester hours, including 9 hours of thesis research 860:299, is required for this degree. A minimum of 20 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required. Research specialization is available in the areas of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry; students generally select faculty mentors during their first semester of study.

Students are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination in defense of their final thesis.



  Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:289 (1 hr.); 860:292 (1 hr.); 860:299 (9 hrs.).....11 hours

Electives (including at least 9 additional hours of 200/6000-level course work in chemistry and biochemistry).....19 hours

30 hours