Chemistry (M.S.) Program Details

Degree Requirements   

    ❱   Required coursework
    ❱   Qualifying or comprehensive examination
    ❱   Graduate School writing proficiency requirement
    ❱   Graduate School Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement
    ❱   Thesis 
    ❱   Final oral examination/Thesis defense

Research Areas & Interests

Faculty Research Interests

A sampling of research interests

  • Structural, functional, and compositional analysis of bacterial cell walls 
  • Bioinorganic chemistry of 1st-row transition metals 
  • Structural chemistry of pharmaceutically active compounds
  • Physical chemistry (experiment) and spectroscopy
  • Cellular trafficking and exocytosis of matrix-metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) in cancer progression and metastasis
  • Identification and characterization of genes involved in RNA silencing (siRNA, miRNA, endo-siRNA, and piRNA) in Drosophila Melanogaster
  • Probing the adsorption and orientation of
  • 2,3-dichloro-5,8-dimethoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone on gold nanorods
  • Application and development of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to characterize the peptidoglycan compositions in bacteria
  • Discovery of potential therapeutic agents from insect-associated symbiotic bacteria
  • Investigating the modulatory roles of small molecules in biological systems

Modern Research Facilities

Analytical Instrumentation Capabilities

Analytical Instrumentation Capabilities

  • Bruker 400MHz NMR
  • Agilent Accurate-Mass TOF LC/MS
  • Oxford Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer
  • GENESYS 150 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum 100 FTIR

Computational Capabilities

Computational Capabilities

  • Department Computer Laboratory: 6 - iMacs (6-core, intel core i5 processor, 16 GB memory)
  • 1 - ACT station Linus Machine (CentOS, 44-Core, 192 GB Memory)
  • Software: Gaussian16, GaussView 6, SPARTAN, MatLab, Mathematica

Program of Study*


CHEM 201   Inorganic Chemistry 

CHEM 231   Advanced Analytical Chemistry 

CHEM 243   Advanced Organic Chemistry 

CHEM 278   Advanced Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 279   Advanced Physical Chemistry II


A sampling of elective courses

CHEM 201   Physical Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 228   Special Topics in Spectroscopy

CHEM 229   Electroanalytical Chemistry

CHEM 235   Techniques in Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 238   Chemical Instrumentation

CHEM 251   General Biochemistry

CHEM 258   Biophysical Chemistry

CHEM 260   Surfactant Synthesis

CHEM 266   Physical Properties of Polymers

CHEM 268   Polymer Characterization

CHEM 272  Statistical Chemical Thermodynamics

CHEM 275  Quantum Chemistry

CHEM 284  Introduction to Molecular Modeling

CHEM 297  Planetary Atmospheres I


Thesis (6 CR)

*Courses included in the sample program of study are subject to change. Students should consult with their programs regarding their required program of study. 

Admission to Candidacy 

Students are admitted to formal candidacy by the Graduate School when they have completed the required coursework, passed the qualifying or comprehensive examination, submitted an approved topic for research, and been recommended by the Department. Candidates must also have satisfied the Graduate School writing proficiency requirement and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement.

Graduate Funding 

Graduate research or teaching assistantships may be available at the department level that provide tuition remission and/or a stipend during the academic year. All students pursuing the M.S. degree must participate in some form of teaching activity. A grade point average of 3.2/4.0 is required in order to qualify for a teaching assistantship. Research assistants and teaching assistants work no more than 20 hours a week under the program's direction, usually in support of faculty research (research assistants) or in support of assigned courses (teaching assistants).