The Chemistry MS Program of Study

The Chemistry department offers two MS Chemistry program plans. Both require a total of 30 units for graduation. Plan A (M.S. with Thesis) is designed for students interested in Ph.D programs and laboratory-based careers. Plan B (M.S. with Comprehensive Examination) is appropriate for students interested in teaching at the High School and Community College level. Both plans require a total of 30 units for graduation.

Plan A Required Coursework (30 units)
Course NameCatalog NumberUnits
Option Courses 12 units total selected from 4 of the 5 areas below 12
Advanced Research Techniques Chem 260 3
Seminar in Chemistry Chem 280 2
Electives approved by coordinator 7
Research Chem 295 2
Thesis Chem 299 4

 

Plan B Required Coursework (30 units)
Course NameCatalog NumberUnits
Option Courses 15 units total selected from all five of the areas below 15
Advanced Research Techniques Chem 260 3
Seminar in Chemistry Chem 280 2
Electives approved by coordinator 8
Research Chem 295 2

 

Options Courses (12 units for Plan A, 15 units for Plan B)
 DisciplineCatalog Numbers
Area 1: Physical Chemistry Chem 211, 215
Area 2: Organic Chemistry Chem 230, 235
Area 3: Analytical Chemistry Chem 225, 226, 227, 228
Area 4: Inorganic Chemistry Chem 220, 222
Area 5: Biochemistry Chem 241A, 242

Students in both programs must also satisfy the Graduate Writing Requirement. This is usually completed as part of the Advanced Research Techniques course.

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