Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Graduate Program: Program Descriptions  

The Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry offers two Masters Programs with different focuses. The M.S. in Chemistry focuses on gaining a broad understanding in the discipline while the M.S. Chemistry: Concentration in Biochemistry is geared more for biochemistry/ biotechnology sector. Students are required to select a discipline/research group prior to their second semester.
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Elective requirements
A maximum number of elective credits (12 for Chemistry, 6 for Biochemistry Concentration) may be applied toward the degree with the consent of your advisor/instructor. Electives include:
  • all upper division or graduate courses(Chem 300 and above) by the Chemistry Department.
  • Courses from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, or biology selected through consultation with thesis or graduate advisor.
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Masters of Science in Chemistry: Course Requirements

Core Courses Course Name Units
CHEM 834   Organic Spectroscopic Methods 3
One of the following courses selected through consultation with advisor 3
CHEM 850  Valency and Spectroscopy or
CHEM 851  Biochemical Spectroscopy
CHEM 880   Seminar 3
Other Requirements  
CHEM 897   Research 3-9
CHEM 898   Master's Thesis 3
Related Study  
Upper division/graduate courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or biology selected through consultation with thesis or graduate advisor. 9-12
Minimum total 30
Thesis Requirements
Oral Thesis Defense
Thesis Submission to Graduate Studies
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Masters of Science in Chemistry: Concentration in Biochemistry

Course Requirements
Core Courses   Units
CHEM 834   Organic Spectroscopic Methods 3
One of the following courses selected through consultation with advisor: 3
CHEM 850  Valency and Spectroscopy or
CHEM 851  Biochemical Spectroscopy
CHEM 880   Seminar 3
Other Required Courses
Courses in biochemistry selected from the following: 6
CHEM 841   Enzymology  
CHEM 843   Membrane Biochemistry
CHEM 844   Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 845   Glycoconjugate Biochemistry
CHEM 846   Biology and Chemistry of Signaling Pathways
Other Requirements
CHEM 897   Research 6-9
CHEM 898   Master's Thesis 3
Related Study
Upper division or graduate courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or biology selected through consultation with thesis or graduate advisor. (May include courses listed above which have not been taken to satisfy either the core requirement or the 6-unit biochemistry requirement.) 3-6
Minimum total 30
Thesis Requirements
Oral Thesis Defense
Thesis Submission to Graduate Studies
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