Master of Science in Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry offers studies leading to the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry with experimental and/or theoretical research in the following fields of specialization: analytical, biochemistry, environmental, inorganic, organic, organometallic, physical, chemical physics, and materials science.
Requirements for Admission to the Master’s Program
- Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or in a related science discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution
- Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking institutions.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for doctoral work.
- A personal statement setting out the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UTEP and future career plans.
- Curriculum Vitae.
Requirements for Master’s Degree in Chemistry
In addition to the institutional requirements for a Master of Science degree, the candidate must also meet the following stipulations: a minimum of 21 of the required 30 hours of credits must be in courses at the graduate level. Credits must include at least one graduate-level course in three of the five areas of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or biochemistry. The candidate must also enroll in CHEM 5195 during each semester of residence. Not more than one hour of CHEM 5195 may be counted toward the 30 credit hour requirement. The normal program for the MS degree in Chemistry may include 6 hours of supporting work from approved fields. A program of specialization in chemical physics may be elected with the permission of the graduate advisor. Such a program may include, within the required 30 hours of credits, up to 12 hours in the related fields (e.g., Physics, Mathematics). Courses of study are designed for each student in consultation with the advisor. Each student must confer with the graduate advisor prior to each registration. The thesis presented for this degree must describe original work related to a research problem of some importance. The thesis must be defended orally.
Five-Year BS-MS Program
The curriculum for the BS degree in Chemistry can be completed in three and one-half years. After admission to the Graduate School of the University, it is possible to obtain the MS degree at the end of the fifth year of study in Chemistry. Qualified students should consult their academic advisor about the course of study and about the various forms of financial assistance obtainable through this program.
For Undergraduate and Undergraduate Students
- 3110 Laboratory for Chemistry 3310
- 3124 Laboratory for Chemistry 3324
- 3125 Laboratory for Chemistry 3325
- 3151 Laboratory for Chemistry 3351
- 3152 Laboratory for Chemistry 3352
- 3221 Laboratory for Chemistry 3321
- 3222 Laboratory for Chemistry 3322
- 3310 Analytical Chemistry
- 3321 Organic Chemistry
- 3322 Organic Chemistry
- 3324 Organic Chemistry
- 3325 Organic Chemistry
- 3351 Physical Chemistry
- 3352 Physical Chemistry
- 4165 Laboratory for Inorganic Chemistry
- 4176 Introduction to Research
- 4211 Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry
- 4212 Laboratory for Chemistry 2411
- 4328 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
- 4330 Topics in Biochemistry
- 4332 Biochemistry
- 4362 Structure of Matter
- 4365 Inorganic Chemistry
- 4376 Introduction to Research
- 4380 Polymer Chemistry
For Graduate Students Only
- 5195 Graduate Seminar (1-0)
- 5196 Graduate Research in Chemistry (0-0-1)
- 5396 Graduate Research in Chemistry (0-0-3)
- Prerequisites: Graduate standing and instructor approval.
- 5301 Modern General Chemistry (3-0)
- An intensive course intended for schoolteachers, which presents a thorough grounding in the basic principles of chemistry. May not be counted toward the MS Degree in Chemistry. Prerequisite: 18 semester hours of undergraduate Chemistry.
- 5318 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3-0)
- Chemical equilibrium and its applications to separation and analysis.
- 5319 Contemporary Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in modern analytical chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
- 5321 Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
- A survey of the more important types of reactions in organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry of intermediates and products; current structural theory. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322.
- 5322 Advanced Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
- A continuation of CHEM 5321. Prerequisite: CHEM 5321.
- 5329 Contemporary Topics in Organic Chemistry (3-0)
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- Selected topics of current interest in descriptive and theoretical organic chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
- 5339 Contemporary Topics in Biochemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in organic or physical aspects of biological chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
- 5341 Analysis and Modeling of Biological Structures (2-3)
- Introduction to the principles and methods used for the three-dimensional structural determination and simulation of macromolecules of biological interest. Molecular recognition, conformational analysis, and molecular dynamics; ligand design and docking; and modern methods for protein structure determination. Laboratory fee required.
- 5351 Advanced Physical Chemistry I (3-0)
- Schroedinger wave mechanics; atomic and molecular quantum states; applications to the treatment of wave functions for atoms and molecules.
- 5352 Advanced Physical Chemistry II (3-0)
- Classical and statistical thermodynamics; applications to physical and chemical systems.
- 5359 Contemporary Topics in Physical Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in experimental and theoretical fields of physical chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
- 5361 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3-0)
- Ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding; valence bond, molecular orbital, and ligand field theories; structure and properties of coordination compounds, metal carbonyls, and complexes.
- 5369 Contemporary Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics in Inorganic Chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
- 5398 Thesis (0-0-3)
- Initial work on the thesis.
- 5399 Thesis (0-0-3)
- Continuous enrollment required while work on thesis continues. Prerequisite: CHEM 5398.