MS in Chemistry

The Masters of Science program emphasizes research in the Environmental and Biomedical Aspects of Chemistry. Recent Environmental investigations have focused on various projects in the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, and in the Florida Bay areas of South Florida. Additionally, students can select research projects in biomedical topics, photocatalytic studies of organic molecules, and in organic synthesis of important molecules.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 32 credits of course work.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or higher in all courses
  • A maintained cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

The course work must include:

  • At least nine credits of chemistry in at least two of the five major areas of chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical) from the core listed below:

Core Courses (three credits each)


  • CHM 5138 Advanced Mass Spectrometry
  • CHM 5156 Advanced Chromatography
  • CHM 5165 Chemometrics and Sampling
  • CHM 6157 Advanced Analytical Chemistry


  • CHM 5325 Physical Chemistry of Proteins
  • CHM 5503 Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • CHM 5506 Physical Biochemistry


  • CHM 5251 Organometallic Chemistry
  • CHM 5440 Kinetics and Catalysis
  • CHM 5540 Group Theory in Chemistry
  • CHM 5650 Physical Inorganic Chemistry


  • CHM 5236 Spectroscopic Techniques and Structure Elucidation
  • CHM 5250 Organic Synthesis
  • CHM 5260 Physical Organic Chemistry


  • CHM 5423 Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CHM 5490 Physical Spectroscopy
  • CHM 5540 Group Theory in Chemistry
  • CHM 5586 Computational Chemistry
  • CHM 6430 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • CHM 6461 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHM 6480 Quantum Mechanics

Courses not listed above may be counted as core courses with prior departmental approval.

  • At least six credits of additional graduate-level courses approved by the thesis committee in consultation with the Graduate Program Director with the following guidelines:
    • The courses must be 5000 or 6000 level chemistry courses (CHM prefix) or approved cognates (up to a maximum of six credits).
    • The following do not count toward satisfaction of this requirement: proficiency courses and courses taken to make up for undergraduate-level deficiencies in chemistry (including CHM 5150, CHM 5225, CHM 6305, CHM 5425, and CHM 5426); and courses corresponding to research, seminar, colloquium, supervised teaching, and thesis completion (CHM 6910L, CHM 6935, CHM 6936, CHM 6940, CHM 6970, and CHM 6971).
  • Full-time graduate students are required to register for one credit of CHM 6940 (Supervised Teaching) each semester they serve as teaching assistants.
  • Full-time graduate students are required to register for one credit of CHM 6935 (Graduate Seminar) or one credit of CHM 6936 (Chemistry Colloquium) each fall and spring semester.
  • At least one credit of CHM 6936 (Chemistry Colloquium) is required. Each student must present a seminar on their proposed research at the colloquium for a letter grade in their second semester of graduate study.
  • At least eight credits of CHM 6970 (Thesis Research) involving independent thesis research under the direction of a faculty member in the Department.
  • At least two credits of CHM 6971 (Thesis) taken in the semester in which the MS thesis is to be defended.
  • Satisfactory public presentation and defense of a research thesis, evaluated by the student’s Thesis Committee. The Thesis Committee will consist of the research advisor and a randomly-assigned committee member appointed by the Graduate Program Director, both from the Department’s graduate faculty, and one additional member with expertise in the student’s research area. At least one committee member must be tenured in the Department. The Committee may include more members, but they will be non-voting.

For more information see the Admission and Degree Requirements section, or contact Dr. Alexander Mebel at, office CP 332, (305) 348-1945.

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