Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Chemistry M.S. – Chemistry Concentration Non-Thesis Option


Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Greeley
Mode: In-person
Start terms: Fall, Spring

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Email: chemistry@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry-biochemistry/

The Chemistry M.S. extends and builds upon the knowledge and skills learned at the undergraduate level and, through the research component, develops independence in the chemical laboratory and in dealing with the chemical literature. Candidates have the opportunity to work closely with faculty trained in biochemistry and in analytical, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry.

Successful completion of this degree will enhance chances for professional advancement and expand employment opportunities. Further education in a Ph.D. program in chemistry is also a possibility.


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for consideration of admission, all students should have completed a program equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (ACS Certified) including courses in organic, inorganic, analytical (quantitative and instrumental analysis) and physical chemistry plus college mathematics through differential and integral calculus and one year of physics. If these requirements are not met, a candidate may be admitted to the program but will need to meet specific academic requirements stipulated and monitored by the program faculty within the first calendar year program enrollment.

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Research Credits - 1 hours minimum

CHEM 600Seminar in Chemistry



CHEM 622Directed Studies

1- 3

Note: Students should consult with their advisor to determine the appropriate option. For CHEM 622, a maximum of 1 credit hour can apply to the Research Credits category.

Chemistry Electives - 18 hours minimum

CHEM 522Advanced Analytical Chemistry


CHEM 523Chemical Spectroscopy


CHEM 525Forensic Chemistry


CHEM 533Organic Synthesis and Stereochemistry


CHEM 534Theory and Mechanisms of Organic Reactions


CHEM 543Organometallic Chemistry


CHEM 551Physical Chemistry I


CHEM 552Physical Chemistry II


CHEM 560Environmental Chemistry


CHEM 581General Biochemistry I


CHEM 582General Biochemistry II


CHEM 622Directed Studies

1- 3

Note: Based on consultation with their advisor, students may take CHEM 622 as a Chemistry Elective course. A maximum of 3 credit hours of CHEM 622 can apply to the Chemistry Electives category.

Supporting Elective - 11 hours maximum

No more than 11 credits can be taken in ancillary departments such as Biology, Criminal Justice, Earth Science, and Statistics and Research Methods. Students should consult their advisor to select appropriate coursework for their particular degree plan.

Note: In addition to course requirements, all students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination in a major area of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry).

Qualifier Examinations — Each student must pass qualifying examinations in three of five areas selected from chemistry content (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry). Students will have two opportunities to pass each area exam. Qualifier examinations are scheduled during the two weeks preceding the beginning of the Fall semester. If an examination is failed, the requirement may be satisfied by completing designated undergraduate coursework in the appropriate subdiscipline with a minimum grade of “B”.

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