Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Chemistry M.S. – Chemistry Concentration 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 — 12 hours

CHEM 600Seminar in Chemistry


CHEM 693Chemical Research

1- 9

CHEM 695Thesis Proposal


CHEM 699Thesis

1- 6

Note: Students must take CHEM 600 two separate times for a total of 2 hours. Students must also take 3 hours of CHEM 693 and complete a total of 6 hours of CHEM 699

Chemistry Electives — 12 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 590Advanced Topics in Chemistry


CHEM 622Directed Studies

1- 3

CHEM 693Chemical Research

1- 9

General Electives — 0-6 hours

Electives, with the approval of the major advisor, to complete 30 credit hours are required for this program.

Note: In addition to course requirements, all students must successfully complete the defense of the thesis and 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 week preceding the beginning of classes each 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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