Elective courses may be taken in departments other than chemistry. All elective courses must be selected, under advisement.
In the thesis option all students are required to take a minimum of six accumulated credit hours of Chemistry 598, Thesis. A maximum of seventeen credit hours of thesis may be taken if approved by the Departmental Graduate Advisory Committee. The thesis involves an original research problem and a formal dissertation. Students are required to give an oral presentation of their work.
All students are required to take one credit hour of seminar.
After completing fifteen credit hours, the student is evaluated by the department with respect to recommendation for degree candidacy provided the student has demonstrated competency in four areas of chemistry.
All students are required to pass qualifying examinations in four of five main areas of chemistry that include, analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
The GST 691 Internship requirement in the professional option is required to be a minimum of eight weeks, forty hours per week long. Students are responsible for finding an internship placement with the help of the Office of Experience-Based Education. Students are required to write a report and to give a presentation after the internship.