Chemistry (M.S.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

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. CORE COURSES

    Complete the following for 9 semester hours:

    1. Complete .

      CHEM 540 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 2 courses from: .

      CHEM 520 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 530 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 560 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHEM 570 Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. ELECTIVES

    Complete 17 semester hours - 21 semester hours from: .

    CHEM 510 Hazardous Materials Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 520 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 525 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 530 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 532 Organic Synthesis (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 534 Separation and Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 538 Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 542 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 544 Chemical Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 548 Chemical Kinetics (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 560 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 570 Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 590 Selected Topics-Advanced Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. RESEARCH OPTIONS

    Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. GRADUATE LITERATURE SEARCH

      Complete 2 courses for 2 semester hours (topic must be selected with and approved by advisor):

      1. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        CHEM 598 Graduate Literature Search (2 hours independent study) 1
      2. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        CHEM 599 Graduate Seminar (1 hour lecture) 1
    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 for 3 semester hours.

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

  4. CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

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


Course Descriptions:

CHEM510: Hazardous Materials Management (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of the physical and chemical characteristics of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste, and mixed waste materials. Their sources, handling, transportation, storage, disposal, and regulation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 or equivalent. For majors in College of Sciences and Mathematics or instructor's permission.

CHEM520: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Major topics include: Covalent, ionic and metallic bonding; molecular structure and polarity; Bronsted-Lowry, Lewis, and hard/soft acid and base theory; symmetry and group theory; periodic trends; structures, isomers, ligand field theory, spectra, and reactions of transition metal coordination compounds; bonding and reactions of organometallic compounds; and the biological and medicinal roles of metal ions. Previous course CHEM 521 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 420 or departmental approval.

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.

CHEM530: Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Structure, reactivity and mechanisms in organic chemistry: Topics include bonding, stereochemistry, aromaticity, study of reaction mechanisms and reactive intermediates, linear free energy relationships, pericyclic reactions and organic photochemistry. Previous course CHEM 531 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 430 or departmental approval.

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).

CHEM534: Separation and Analysis (3 hours lecture)

Theory and practice of major chromatographic and spectroscopic methods; including GC, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, FTIR, DAD- UV-VIS, and NMR. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 310 (Analytical Chemistry) and CHEM 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: Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

In-depth covering of thermodynamic concepts such as state functions and chemical equilibrium, calorimetry, molecular interactions, activities. Introduction to quantum chemistry. 3 sh.

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

CHEM542: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical development of quantum mechanics as applied to chemistry. Application of theoretical procedure to atomic and molecular structure and bonding. Introduction to the theory of molecular spectroscopy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 540 or departmental approval.

CHEM544: Chemical Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (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. Principles and application of electrochemistry, relationship of electrochemical principles to classical thermodynamics, and practical applications of electrochemistry. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 540 or departmental approval.

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).

CHEM560: Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

This course builds on existing knowledge of analytical chemistry to develop a deeper understanding of how quality and quantity of data, propagation of errors, and instrumentation and laboratory protocols affect the uncertainty in measurements. This will be tied into the relevance and importance of validation of equipment and protocols and standard laboratory practices, which are discussed in light of requirements from regulatory agencies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 310 and CHEM 311 or departmental approval.

CHEM570: Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours lecture)

Structure, function, and chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids. Analytical methods biochemists use to study metabolism, regulation, binding, and catalytic activity of biomolecules. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or instructor's permission.

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.

CHEM598: Graduate Literature Search (2 hours independent study)

Development of and investigation of a topic from the current chemical literature. Selection and refinement of a topic. Collection and preparation of resources and materials and development of an outline in preparation of writing a literature report and giving a formal seminar on the literature search. This course cannot be taken by students electing the Research/Thesis option for their graduate program. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of 2 credits. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of 18 semester hours of 500-level courses in the graduate program.

CHEM599: Graduate Seminar (1 hour lecture)

An individual, non-experimental investigation and a formal presentation of scientific literature. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 598.

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.