Chemistry Department

MS - Chemistry

This degree is designed for persons who seek greater competency in chemical research, or for those who want an introduction to graduate work before starting a program for the PhD degree. Emphasis is placed upon, but not limited to, training in advanced laboratory techniques, operation of state-of-the-art instruments, data acquisition and interpretation, and strategies involved in designing and conducting research in chemistry.

Completing Requirements for the MS - Chemistry

The MS program will be designed to fit the individual vocational objectives of each student. The program shall include 30 semester units of work beyond the bachelor's degree.

Thirty units of course work must be chosen so that a minimum of 21 units are in chemistry of which at least 12 are 200-level graduate lecture courses, and 18 units must be graded course work.

A. Required: CHEM 120S (1 unit), 285 (2-3 units), 298 (4-10 units), 299 (2 units), 200-level lecture courses (12 units).

B. Approved electives (3-9 units are required) chosen from the following:

1. Any 200-level chemistry course. (See the Chemistry Department Graduate Handbook for guidelines on 200-level courses within the proposed program.)

2. Any of the following chemistry courses if appropriate for the area of concentration and if approved by Graduate Advisor: CHEM 101, 114, 118, 121S, 126, 127, 130A, 130B, 130C, 131A, 131B, 135, 145, 146, 155, 173.

3. Upper division and graduate courses from departments other than chemistry (courses must be approved by Graduate Advisor prior to enrollment in such courses).

C. Master's Research Presentation (departmental seminar and final oral examination).

D. Submission of an M.S. Thesis approved by the student's research committee, and by Graduate Studies.

The progress of each candidate will be reviewed periodically, and specific recommendations for further work will be made on the basis of such evaluations.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters30
Required Courses19-26
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
CHEM 200-Level Courses12
CHEM 285. Seminar2-3
CHEM 298. Research4-10
Any Chemistry graduate advisor approved 200-level Chemistry course and/or any 100-level Chemistry graduate advisor approved course including:
CHEM 101. Chemistry and the Computer3
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 118. Special Topics in Organic Chemistry1
CHEM 121S. Radiation Safety1-2
CHEM 126. Introduction to Nuclear Science3
CHEM 127. Nuclear Science Lab3
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130B. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130C. Biochemistry3
CHEM 131A. Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4
CHEM 145. Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 146. Physical-Inorganic Techniques3
CHEM 155. Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 173. Polymer Chemistry3
Culminating Experience2
CHEM 299. Master's Thesis1-6

Total Units:30