Sample Curriculum

Students will take the normal undergraduate Chemistry curriculum in their first three years of study. In their fourth year, students will normally take three Chemistry graduate courses and one laboratory elective course, which may include independent research. The three graduate courses will be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. For any graduate course taken in the fourth year, the student must earn at least a "B" grade if the course is to be applied to the M.S. degree. The student will be awarded the B.S. degree after completing the fourth year of study.

At the end of the fourth year, the student is formally accepted into the Chemistry graduate program. During the summer between the fourth and fifth year, the student must return to campus to take three graduate courses, at least two of which must be research courses. In the fifth year, students will take four additional graduate courses, pass comprehensive examinations in two areas of chemistry, and complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

A sample schedule is shown below:

Freshmen Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1 CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM 1301 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab I 2 CHM 1502 - Quant Anal Lab 2
CHM 1311 - Inorganic Chemistry I 3 CHM 1512 - Quantitative Analysis 3
MAT 1500 - Calculus I 4 MAT 1505 - Calculus II 4
Foreign Language (intermediate) 3 Foreign Language (intermediate) 3
Core Humanities Seminar 3 Core Humanities Seminar 3
A&S Core Requirement (optional) (3) A&S Core Requirement 3
Total Credits 16 (19) Total Credits 19

Sophmore Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1 CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM 3201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I 2 CHM 3202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHM 3211 - Organic Chemistry I 3 CHM 3212 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3501 - Instrumental Analysis Lab 2 PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag 3
CHM 3511 - Instrumental Analysis 3 PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism 1
PHY 2410 - University Phy:Mechanics 3 A&S Core Requirements 6
PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics 1    
A&S Core Requirements 3    
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 16

Junior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1 CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM 3301 - Inorganic Chem Lab II 2 CHM 3404 - Phy Chem Lab for Majors II 2
CHM 3311 - Inorganic Chem II 3 CHM 3412 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM 3411 - Physical Chemistry I 3 CHM 4611 - Survey of Biochemistry 3
CHM 3403 - Physical Chem Lab for Majors 2 A&S Core Requirements 6
A&S Core Requirements 3 Elective 3
Elective 3    
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 16

Senior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1 CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM Graduate Course 5 CHM 4801 - Research I 3
CHM Graduate Course 9 CHM Graduate Course 3
A&S Core Requirements/Electives 6 (9) A&S Core Requirements/Electives 9
Total Credits 15 (18) Total Credits 16

Fourth Summer

Summer Credits
CHM 7807 - MS Research I 3
CHM 7808 - MS Research II 3
CHM Graduate Course 3
Total Credits 9

Fifth Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 7809 - MS Research III 3 CHM 7810 - MS Thesis 3
CHM graduate course 3 CHM Graduate course 3
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6

Thesis Requirement (Capstone Experience)

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The student will choose a research director by the Fall semester of his/her fourth year, but is encouraged to find a research director before applying to the program. Together, the student and research director will choose a topic and research will begin no later than Fall of the fourth year of study. When a student has completed the research, as determined by the research director, the student will write his/her thesis and then present a seminar to the entire Chemistry Department.