Sample Program of Study

A suggested program of study for completion of coursework in two years for an MS Chemistry (Plan A) is given below.

Fall - Year 1 (9 units)
  Course Units Other Suggested Activities
Graduate Option Area 1, 2, or 5 3 Meet with potential research advisors.
Graduate Option Area 1, 2, or 5 3 Identify research thesis project.
Chemistry Laboratory (elective) Chem 201 3  

 

Spring - Year 1 (10 units)
  Course Units Other Suggested Activities
Graduate Option Area 3, 4, or 5 3 Begin thesis research.
Graduate Option Area 3, 4, or 5 3  
Advanced Research Techniques Chem 260 3  
Chemistry Seminar Chem 280 1  

 

Fall - Year 2 (6 units)
  Course Units Other Suggested Activities
Elective 1   3 Complete Graduate Writing Requirement.
Elective 2   1-3 Advance to Candidacy.

 

Spring - Year 2 (7 units)
  Course Units Other Suggested Activities
Research Chem 295 2 File for graduation.
Thesis Chem 299 5 Submit thesis prior to the filing deadline.
Defense Seminar Chem 280 0  

Please Note:

Graduate students enrolled in at least 8 units of 200-level classes are considered full-time students. Students may need to enroll in additional classes beyond those listed above to satisfy full-time enrollment requirements for financial aid or student visas.

Students taking undergraduate courses to meet the program pre-requisites typically take longer than two years to complete their degree.

Graduation within two years requires that students complete their research projects within this time period. The outcome of the research is, by its very nature, uncertain and so no guarantees can be made regarding the time required to complete the degree. Continuing your research during the summer is essential if the thesis research is to be completed within two years.