1. Acceptance as a graduate student by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
2. A bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry; or a bachelor's degree with undergraduate preparation in chemistry, physics and mathematics equivalent to that required for the bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry at this University. A student deficient in any of these courses must complete the course(s) as a graduate student. The courses that must be taken to make up those deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Adviser in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. Students with majors in other areas may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Graduate Adviser.
3. Entering graduate students are required to take a minimum of two placement examinations (more exams may be required by Graduate Committee) as follows:
Under some circumstances with the approval of the Graduate Adviser, students may take 2 or more placement examinations at the beginning of the first semester.
Any student failing to pass a placement examination is required to complete with a minimum grade of "B" or better an appropriate course recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee. Usually the recommended courses are:
4. The placement examinations are usually given on the Monday of the week preceding the first day of instruction. The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates the examination results and recommends appropriate courses to correct any deficiencies in chemistry.
5. Entering students must select a research advisor by the ninth week of the first semester. The thesis advisor will select two additional faculty members to serve on the Thesis Committee by the 13th week of the first semester. The Thesis Committee will prepare a degree program including the following: (1) additional placement examination(s) the student will take at the beginning of the second semester, (2) a list of graduate courses to be completed in the course of the program. The degree program must be finalized and forwarded to Graduate Advisor by the end of the first semester in residence. Any change in the approved degree program must be preauthorized by Graduate Advisor.
6. Each student shall prepare a thesis proposal in collaboration with the research advisor, stating the specific topic of the research and its significance, the specific objectives of the research, and the methods to be used. The thesis proposal must be approved by the Thesis Committee. The student must make a public presentation of the proposal by the end of the second semester in the MS program. Any major change in direction during the course of the research shall be subject to the approval of the Thesis Committee.
The regulations governing each student's master's degree are those in effect at the time of the student's advancement to candidacy. The Department Graduate Studies Committee recommends advancement to candidacy after the graduate student has:
1. Advancement to candidacy;
2. Complete a minimum of 30 units including:
3. Completion of a written thesis, of publication quality, acceptable to the members of the thesis committee and a public presentation of the thesis research. The public presentation must be completed before the thesis is signed by the committee members.
4. A record of regular attendance at departmental seminars, poster sessions, thesis proposal presentations, and thesis defenses.
5. While not a requirement for the degree, students in the MS program normally gain experience teaching laboratory sections of Chemistry courses, as preparation for professionally related teaching activities in their future careers.