May 30, 2024  
2013-14 Graduate Catalog 
2013-14 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, M.S.

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Scott Handy, Program Director
(615) 904-8114

The Department of Chemistry  offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Chemistry. The department also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Computational Science , Molecular Biosciences , and Mathematics and Science Education and its concentrations in Biological Education , Chemical Education Mathematics Education , and Interdisciplinary Science Education . Also offered is a minor in Chemistry at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions are based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and undergraduate and graduate grade point average.

An applicant must have an undergraduate minor in chemistry or its equivalent at time of admission.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at; 
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Chemistry requires a minimum of 30 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate.

Candidate must

  1. prepare an annual plan of study for the following twelve months with the academic advisor;
  2. successfully complete a comprehensive examination in conjunction with the defense of the thesis (may be taken no more than twice);
  3. successfully complete and present an original thesis approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Curriculum: Chemistry

 Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Required Core Courses (25 hours)

Electives (5 hours)

Complete a minimum of 5 credit hours of additional approved chemistry graduate courses, or approved cognate courses in biology, mathematics, computer science, or physics.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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