Chemistry Master of Science in Applied Chemistry Degree Program

(See additionally:  Requirements for all Chemistry Graduate Programs)

The Master of Science in Applied Chemistry provides advanced coursework within the field of chemistry to individuals holding a bachelor's degree who are working in industry or government in those fields and who are seeking further chemistry education for professional development. The organic chemistry and forensic chemistry areas of concentration are oriented toward practical methodology, issues, and applications relevant in government and industry research laboratories today.

Requirements for Admission

The admission criteria is the same as that required for students entering the Master of Science program in Chemistry. Entering students are expected to hold a bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related field regardless of their intended concentration track. All students must take the American Chemical Society of attainment exams in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry or biochemistry after admission, but before the start of classes.

Program of Study - M.S. in Applied Chemistry with a Concentration in Organic Chemistry (30 credits)

  1. Core Courses (15 credits): AChm 525A, AChm 525B, AChm 526, AChm 536, and AChm 625
  2. Elective (3 credits) from any graduate chemistry course
  3. Organic Seminar (4 credits): AChm 681 (4 semesters at 1 credit per semester)
  4. Organic Internship/Practicum (8 credits): AChm 680 (2 to 3 semesters at 2 to 4 credits per semester)

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.

Program of Study - M.S. in Applied Chemistry with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry (34 credits, minimum, of which at least 22 credits are in letter graded courses)

  1. Core Courses (16 credits, minimum):
    1. Three courses chosen from the following set of core courses and to be taken within the first three semesters: AChm 520A, AChm 520B, AChm 525A, AChm 525B, AChm 535A, AChm 535B, AChm 540A, AChm540B or AChm 544. Two of the five graduate courses must be within the student's field of specialization.
    2. AChm 547, AChm 548, and AChm549
  2. Research Tool (3 credits): One course chosen from the following: AChm 526, AChm 544, AChm 561, or AChm 570.  AChm 544 may not be used to satisfy the research tool requirement and the core course requirement simultaneously.
  3. Chemical Research (6-12 credits): AChm 699 and AChm 699T Chemical Research (Thesis)
  4. Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit, two semester minimum): AChm 689
  5. Recommended Forensic electives:
    AChm 580A   Forensic Drug Chemistry Internship/Practicum (4 credits) and
    AChm 580B   Forensic Drug Chemistry Internship/Practicum (4 credits)
    AChm 558     Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacology (3 credits)
    ABio 577       Techniques in Forensic Science (3 credits)
    ABio 627       Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Scientists