Chemistry (M.S.) - Graduate - 2012 University Catalog

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers two options for the Master's degree: the Master of Science in Chemistry and the Master of Science in Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry. The courses offered include advanced courses in all major areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and include a number of highly specialized instrumentation courses as well as individual research opportunities. Laboratories are housed in both Richardson Hall and Science Hall. Students may selectively take one or two courses as non-degree students, to increase their professional competence in a particular area of Chemistry or Biochemistry, or may elect to enroll in one of the Master of Science programs, as outlined below.

The Biochemistry concentration provides a flexible program of study for those students who wish to emphasize Biochemistry and related areas in their Master's degree. Those working in research in the pharmaceutical industry or interested in doing so, and individuals interested in pursuing an M.D. or a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related area would benefit from this program. It is most suited to students with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry but is also suitable for students with a major in Chemistry who wish to broaden their knowledge in Biochemistry. As indicated above, students with other backgrounds can also be accommodated.

ADMISSIONS

The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School are essential for admission to one of the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. When a student has been admitted, the Graduate Program Coordinator for Chemistry and Biochemistry will evaluate the background in chemistry, biochemistry, other sciences and mathematics, and a specific program will be designed. An entering student should present at least twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate chemistry credits. In consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator, a program may be designed for a student with insufficient background to include prerequisites. Candidates for the Master's degree should seek the guidance of the Graduate Program Coordinator in selecting electives and in fulfilling the research option.

 


CHEMISTRY

Complete 32 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. CHEMISTRY COURSES

    Complete the following 3 requirement(s):

    1. ORGANIC & INORGANIC

      Complete 6 semester hours from the following list.

      CHEM 521 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 531 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 532 Organic Synthesis (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 550 Organometallic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. ANALYTICAL & PHYSICAL

      Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours from the following list.

      CHEM 534 Chromatographic Methods: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 536 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 540 Chemical Thermodynamics (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 542 Theoretical Physical Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 544 Electrochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 546 Chemical Spectroscopy (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 548 Chemical Kinetics (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. CHEMISTRY ELECTIVES

      Complete 6 semester hours from the following list.

      CHEM 525 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 533 Biosynthesis of Natural Products (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 538 Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 570 Selected Topics in Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 574 Protein Structure (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 575 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 576 Lipid Biochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 577 Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 578 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      CHEM 590 Selected Topics-Advanced Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. RESEARCH & ELECTIVES

    1. RESEARCH OPTIONS

      Complete 1 of the following options:

      1. GRADUATE LITERATURE SEARCH

        Complete for 2 semester hours (Topic must be selected with and approved by program advisor)

        CHEM 599 Graduate Literature Search in Chemistry 2
      2. RESEARCH & THESIS

        Complete 2 requirement(s) for 6 semester hours:

        1. Complete for 3 semester hours.

          CHEM 595 Graduate Research 1-3
        2. Complete 2 Thesis requirement(s):

          1. Complete .

            CHEM 698 Master's Thesis 3
          2. Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.

    2. CHEMISTRY/ALLIED SCIENCE/MATH ELECTIVES

      Complete 2 semester hours-6 semester hours (depending on Research Option) of Chem/Allied Sci/Math electives with written approval from advisor.

  3. GRADUATE FREE ELECTIVES

    Complete 6 semester hours of Graduate level electives.

  4. CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

    Make a seminar presentation in conjunction with Research option. Graduate School must be notified when complete.


Course Descriptions:

CHEM521: Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Current theories of inorganic structure, reactions and properties. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: One year of physical chemistry.

CHEM525: Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of the vital roles that metal atoms play in biochemical processes. Transition metal interactions with proteins will be emphasized. The course will focus on the structural, regulatory, catalytic, transport, and oxidation-reduction functions of metal containing biomolecules. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II) or instructor's permission.

CHEM531: Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Modern theories of organic chemistry with emphasis on electronic theory and reaction mechanisms. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 430 (Advanced Organic Chemistry).

CHEM532: Organic Synthesis (3 hours lecture)

Detailed study of the art, methods, and the philosophy of organic synthesis beginning with a review of classical and modern synthetic methods, followed by the planning theory of synthesis and culminating in a study of elegant syntheses in the literature. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 430 (Advanced Organic Chemistry).

CHEM533: Biosynthesis of Natural Products (3 hours lecture)

A study of natural products with emphasis on the biosynthesis of primary and secondary metabolites. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 430 (Advanced Organic Chemistry) or equivalent.

CHEM534: Chromatographic Methods: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture)

A combined lecture/hands-on course in the theory and practice of chromatography; including GC, HPLC, GC-MS, GPC, and SFC, as well as computerized instrument control, data acquistion, and processing. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 310 (Analytical Chemistry) and 311 (Instrumental Analysis) or equivalents.

CHEM536: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture)

A combination lecture/hands-on course utilizing the department's FT-NMR's to provide students with theoretical background and practical experience in modern 1-D and 2-D FT-NMR. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 310 (Analytical Chemistry) and 311 (Instrumental Analysis) or equivalents.

CHEM538: Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

A comprehensive course covering the design and action of pharmaceutical agents. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the graduate program or permission of instructor.

CHEM540: Chemical Thermodynamics (3 hours lecture)

In-depth study of classical thermodynamics. Development of thermodynamic functions describing chemical systems in equilibrium, with emphasis on systems of variable composition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II) or instructor's permission.

CHEM542: Theoretical Physical Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical development of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics as applied to chemistry. Application of theoretical procedures to atomic and molecular structure and bonding. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II) and MATH 420 (Differential Equations).

CHEM544: Electrochemistry (3 hours lecture)

Principles and application of electrochemistry, relationship of electrochemical principles to classical thermodynamics, and practical applications of electrochemistry. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II).

CHEM546: Chemical Spectroscopy (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to the theory of molecular spectroscopy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II).

CHEM548: Chemical Kinetics (3 hours lecture)

Kinetics in its role of elucidating reaction mechanisms. Discussion of recent problems from the chemical literature including fast reactions and enzyme kinetics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II).

CHEM550: Organometallic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

The course will introduce students to organometallic chemistry, mainly involving transition metals, but also including some main group metals. The material covered will focus on the unique chemistry of these compounds and their uses in organic synthesis, material science, and as catalysts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 420 and CHEM 430 or equivalents.

CHEM570: Selected Topics in Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours lecture)

A detailed treatment of selected topics in biochemistry. Special emphasis upon recent developments. Protein structure, enzymology, metabolism, nucleic acid chemistry are examples of topics. This course may be repeated for credit indefinitely as long as the topic is different each time. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or instructor's permission.

CHEM574: Protein Structure (3 hours lecture)

Primary, secondary and tertiary structure of proteins, protein structural motifs and protein structural families. Globular proteins, DNA binding proteins, membrane proteins, signal transduction systems, immune system protein structure, methods used for determination of protein structure. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: One semester of introductory Biochemistry or similar background.

CHEM575: Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms (3 hours lecture)

The following properties of enzymes are considered: structure, specificity, catalytic power, mechanism of action, multienzyme complexes, kinetics, regulation, and multienzyme systems. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or equivalent.

CHEM576: Lipid Biochemistry (3 hours lecture)

Chemistry of plant and animal lipids, their occurrence, metabolism, and industrial uses. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or equivalent.

CHEM577: Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (3 hours lecture)

This course will present fundamental aspects of nucleic acid biochemistry including structure and biological function and will be organized according to a systematic consideration of techniques used in the study of nucleic acids. Current literature and key topics such as protein-DNA, protein-drug complexes and nucleic acid repair mechanisms will be considered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or equivalent.

CHEM578: Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Fundamental techniques used to isolate, characterize, and study nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Theory and application of buffers, spectrophotometry, tissue fractionation, centrifugation, extraction, chromatographic separations, electrophoresis, radioactivity, enzyme purification and dinetics, enzymatic assays, NMR and MS structure determination. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or equivalent.

CHEM590: Selected Topics-Advanced Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth study of selected areas in either analytical, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry, with special emphasis upon recent developments in the field. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12 credits as long as the topic is different each time. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II) or instructor's permission.

CHEM595: Graduate Research

Directed individual laboratory investigation under guidance of faculty advisor. May be elected once or twice, maximum credit allowed is 3 semester hours. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 semester hours in this graduate program; instructor's permission.

CHEM599: Graduate Literature Search in Chemistry

An individual, non-experimental investigation utilizing the scientific literature. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 semester hours in this graduate program.

CHEM698: Master's Thesis

Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take CHEM 699 if they don't complete CHEM 698 within the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.