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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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

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Master of Science in Chemistry

The department of chemistry offers two programs of study leading to either a science degree in chemistry or with concentration in food chemistry and nutrition (M.Sc.). The M.Sc. in chemistry prepares students for a career in chemistry or related fields through the development of a firm foundation in the fundamental science and applications of chemistry. The specialization degree program is designed to provide students with a broad background in nutrition, food service management, development of necessary analytical skills; and exposure to current nutrition, food service and hospitality management research.

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 & Nutrition Concentration can fulfill the 12 credits of the concentration requirements with any chemistry 5000 or 6000 level courses. With the consent of the program director, one 5000 or 6000 level course in another science or engineering discipline can be taken and counted towards the concentration requirements.

Chemistry Graduate 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. Various research topics are discussed in SCI 5940  , graduate thesis seminar. Students must complete SCI 5940  before registering for thesis credits. 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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