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Chemistry plays a role in almost everything we experience around us: our air, our clothing, our food, and the medicine in our bodies. Because of this, chemists are contributing to increasingly specialized disciplines. But before chemists can specialize, they first need to learn the basics. The School of Engineering's MS program in Chemistry gives you that foundation. You will learn about subjects ranging from statistical thermodynamics to organic spectroscopy. Along the way, our respected faculty offers you guidance as you conduct investigative research and experiments.

Whatever your intended career path, we provide the tools for success. Some students choose to pursue advanced doctoral studies after the program. Others seek work at educational institutions, research institutes, industrial organizations, or government laboratories. For those already employed in a chemistry-related institution, exposure to the latest advances and practices in the field gives you the confidence and skills to climb ahead, and even perform at the mid-managerial level of the chemical industry or at other organizations involved in chemistry-related work.


The following are degree requirements that total 30 credits.

Physical chemistry

3 Credits Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics CM-GY7043
This course covers statistical mechanics for chemical systems. Also covered are ensembles, partition functions, thermodynamic functions, applications to various systems, including non-ideal gas, gas of diatomic molecules, polymer, surface phenomena, chemical equilibria, biophysics and reaction kinetics.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate physical chemistry and physics or adviser’s approval.

Organic chemistry

3 Credits Physical Organic Chemistry CM-GY9033
This course covers molecular structure and bonding. Also covered are stereochemical and conformational principles; theories of bonding; physical parameters of stable and reactive molecular states; and applications in biochemistry and polymer chemistry.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate organic chemistry or adviser’s approval.

Analytical chemistry (choose 1 of the following)

3 Credits Principles of Spectroscopy CM-GY8023
This course covers rotational, vibrational and electronic states of atoms and molecules. Also covered are the interaction of radiation with atoms and molecules; molecular symmetry; rotational and vibrational spectroscopy; and electronic spectroscopy.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate physical chemistry or adviser approval.
3 Credits Organic Spectroscopy CM-GY8073
This course covers structure elucidation by joint applications of spectroscopic techniques such as proton and carbon-13 magnetic resonance, infrared and mass spectroscopy and other methods.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate organic chemistry or adviser’s approval. Prerequisite: CM-GY 9033.

Inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or biochemistry (choose 1 of the following)

3 Credits Advanced Inorganic Chemistry CM-GY6013
This course covers theories of bonding in inorganic compounds. It introduces group theory as applied to molecular orbital and ligand field theories. Also covered are spectra of inorganic compounds and non-aqueous solvent. The transition to metal chemistry is introduced.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biochemistry I CM-GY9413
This course covers structure and function of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleicacids, polysaccharides. Also covered are enzymatic kinetics, mechanism and control.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate biochemistry or adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Synthesis of Macromolecules CM-GY7723
This course covers organic aspects, including chemistry of monomer and polymer formation; modern mechanistic analyses of reactions; stereochemistry of polymer structures; forces of stereo regulation; condensation, free radical (bulk, suspension, emulsion, solution), ionic, ring-opening and non-classical polymerization reactions.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate organic chemistry or adviser’s approval.

1.5 Credits Seminar in Chemistry I CM-GY9731
This course covers chemical topics of current interest and is presented by participating students, staff and outside speakers. One semester is required for MS chemistry students; three semesters required for PhD candidates.

1.5 Credits Information Sources for the Chemical Sciences CM-GY5021
This course is a hands-on introduction to methods and tools for searching and includes both electronic (CD-ROM and online) as well as print databases. Students may emphasize topics related to their research. Graduate students are required to take this course.

Chemical Colloquium CM-GY9710

Chemical Laboratory Safety CM-GY5040
This course discusses problems of health and safety in chemical laboratories, including how to work safely with dangerous chemicals. This course must be completed by graduate and undergraduate chemistry students before they begin laboratory research.

3 Credits Guided Studies in Chemistry I CM-GY8713
This is a special project (experimental, theoretical, computational or literature search).
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.


MS Thesis in Chemistry CM-GY997X
This course requires original experimental or theoretical research, guided by a chemistry faculty member that may serve as basis for an MS degree. The minimum research registration requirements for the master's thesis: 9 credits. Registration is required each semester consecutively until students complete adequate research projects and acceptable theses and have passed required oral examinations.
Prerequisite: Advisor approval

At least two courses from CM listings, other courses from CM, BE, BT and CBE listings

To meet graduation requirements, students must have an overall B average in all courses (excluding seminar, chemical information, and guided studies). Where CM-GY 9731 and CM-GY 5021 are not offered, they may be replaced by an elective course. Students must be in continuous attendance at the departmental colloquia (CM 9710).