General requirements of the School of Graduate Studies under Plan I or Plan II must be satisfied.

Plan I – Master of Science with Thesis

Up to 12 semester hours of the course requirements may be accepted as transfer credits from graduate work done in other Chemistry programs.

Fields
Select one course from each of the following fields:12
Analytical:
CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION
SPECTROSCOPY & MOLEC STR
METHODS OF CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Inorganic:
ADV INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Organic:
SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ORGANIC STRUCTURE DETERMINAT'N
MOLECULAR MODELING
Physical Chemistry:
ADV CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS
STATIST THERMODYNAMICS
ADV CHEMICAL DYNAMICS
QUANTUM CHEMISTRY
THERMODYNAMICS OF MATRLS
ADV BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
ADV BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
Select one course from one of the following fields:3
Biochemistry:
BIOCHEMISTRY I
BIOCHEMISTRY II
Polymer:
POLYMER SYNTHESIS & CHARACTERI
POLYMER PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Select one course from your field of study3
Select two additional courses of choice6
Total Semester Hours24
 

Plan II – Master of Science without Thesis

Graduate students entering Plan II must qualify by meeting one of the following preliminary examination requirements:

  1. Passing ACS exams in biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.
  2. Having previously passed at least two sections of the Materials Science Program Exam I.
  3. Having previously passed the Biotechnology Science and Engineering Preliminary Exam.
Fields
Select one course from each of the following fields:12
Analytical:
CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION
SPECTROSCOPY & MOLEC STR
METHODS OF CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Inorganic:
ADV INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Organic:
SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ORGANIC STRUCTURE DETERMINAT'N
MOLECULAR MODELING
Physical Chemistry:
ADV CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS
STATIST THERMODYNAMICS
ADV CHEMICAL DYNAMICS
QUANTUM CHEMISTRY
THERMODYNAMICS OF MATRLS
ADV BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
ADV BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
Select one course from one of the following fields:3
Biochemistry:
BIOCHEMISTRY I
BIOCHEMISTRY II
Polymer:
POLYMER SYNTHESIS & CHARACTERI
POLYMER PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Select at least 18 semester hours in graduate coursework in chemistry or related fields18
Total Semester Hours33

Of the total of 33 semester hours of course work required under Plan II, at least 18 semester hours must be in Chemistry.

Plan II requires a program of study drawn up by the student and the Chemistry M.S. degree program advisor. Students must also register for CH 780 during at least four semesters. Plan II is not recommended for students seeking employment as industrial laboratory chemists because it does not require any experimental work.

Non-Traditional Fifth-Year Program Leading to the M.S. in Chemistry Plus a Class A Alabama High School Teacher’s Certificate

Those who have a B.A. or B.S. degree with a major or its equivalent in Chemistry as determined by the Department of Chemistry, who have not taken more than twelve semester hours in teacher education (graduate or undergraduate), and who are interested in obtaining Class A (master’s level) certification for secondary school teaching, should consider the Non-Traditional Fifth-Year Program. Contact the Education Department for preliminary advisement on admission and general program requirements. See the description in the Education section for more details.