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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Chemistry, with concentration in Food Chemistry (M.Sc.)

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Master of Science in Chemistry

The Master of Science program in Chemistry provides postgraduate education to prepare students for a career in Chemistry or related fields through the development of a firm foundation in the fundamental science and applications of chemistry.

A total of 33 credit hours is required for the Master of Science degree. This consists of 24 credits hours of courses and 9 credit hours of thesis work.


A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, is required for admission into the Chemistry master of science program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for the graduate program. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but who otherwise did not have an adequate preparation in chemistry, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Courses (24 credits)

The program of study is planned with the faculty advisor, and should include 9 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours chosen from the specialization courses, and 3 credit hours of electives.  

Students not opting for the Food Chemistry Concentration can fulfill the 12 credits of the concentration requirements with any chemistry 500 or 600 level courses. With the consent of the program director, one 500 or 600 level course in another science or engineering discipline can be taken and counted towards the concentration requirements.

Chemistry Electives (3 credit hours)

A minimum of one course is selected as elective. No more than one 400-level or higher in sciences or engineering, or other related areas, not in the student’s undergraduate major, may be taken for graduate credit subject to advisor’s approval. Students may also select from the following list of courses:

Thesis (9 credit hours)

Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor normally after acquiring 12 credit hours of course work. Since various research topics are addressed in a sequence of two seminar courses, the student must register for the first (CHEM 5940 ) before submitting a thesis topic while the second (CHEM 5941 ) must be taken during the execution of the thesis research. To ensure adequate faculty consultation, two semesters of the graduate thesis course (CHEM 5980 ) are required. After that, the course may be taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements.

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