Chemistry (MS)

Chemistry (MS)

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The Department of Chemistry provides the program for graduate students to complete the Master of Science (MS) degree in Chemistry to become professional chemists or to become professional secondary school/community college teachers. Both program tracks require students to finish 12-credit hours of core courses, 3-credit hours of seminar courses, and 9-credit hours of elective courses.
 
In order to meet the total 30-credit hour requirement for graduation, students in the traditional research track need to complete 6-credit hours on thesis and chemical research, while those in the teacher preparation track should finish 6-credit hours on chemical educational project on secondary school/community college education. Among the 9-credit elective hours, students may be allowed to bring in a maximum of 6-credit graduate hours from courses other than Chemistry.
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  • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
  • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
  • Experienced, dedicated faculty
  • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
  • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement

Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

 
*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree with a major in Chemistry or 32 hours of undergraduate courses in Chemistry.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  • Statement of Interest explaining objectives in pursuing the degree and area of interest within chemistry or in biochemistry or material science.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.
  • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
  • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

  • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

Program Contact

Interim Program Coordinator: Dr. B. Connie Allen

Phone: (956) 665-2986

Office: Edinburg Campus, ESCNE 3.360

E-Mail: bertha.allen@utrgv.edu

Deadlines

Deadlines:

Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

*Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $14,813.90
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $27,083.90


*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required Courses 12
 
9‐Credit hours must be completed from the Chemistry Core courses listed below and must include 3‐credit hours of Seminar. Students should complete the Core course pertaining to the specialization track being sought and take two other non‐Seminar courses from the Core list.
 
CHEM 6320: Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 6305: Biochemistry 3
CHEM 6315: Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 6310: Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 6325: Advanced Physical Chemistry 3
Seminar Courses
CHEM 7302: Graduate Seminar 3
Chemistry Elective Courses 12
Choose from the following:
CHEM 6302: Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 6330: Special Topics in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 6340: Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 6350: Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 6360: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 6370: Special Topics in Chemical Education 3
CHEM 6380: Special Topics in Biochemistry 3
CHEM 6390: Physical Biochemistry 3
 
Capstone Requirement
Choose from the following options:
 
Thesis Option 6
CHEM 7300: Thesis I 3
CHEM 7301: Thesis II 3
 
Non-Thesis Option 6
An additional 6 credit hours of graduate Chemistry work is required which must include CHEM 6370: Chemical Education
 
** Six credit hours could be from supporting disciplines with prior approval from the Graduate Committee. Special topics courses can be repeated up to three times as long as the content is different for each.
 
Total graduate hours required for degree: 30
 

Course Descriptions

CHEM 6302: Environmental Chemistry               [3‐0]

Environmental chemistry will provide the students with enhanced understanding of the different aspects of environmental chemistry, including aquatic chemistry and aqueous based natural reactions as well as the effects of anthropogenic activity on the environment.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Chemistry Graduate Program or instructor’s permission.

CHEM 6305: Biochemistry               [3‐0]

This course discusses the mechanisms of biosynthesis of macromolecules, particularly amino acids, proteins, fatty acids, lipids, polysaccharides, purines, pyrimidines and nucleic acids. Emphasis will be given to how these processes are controlled and integrated with the metabolism of the cell and the molecular basis of disorders related to the intermediary metabolism. The molecular mechanism of signal transduction and recombinant DNA technology is also emphasized.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3303.

CHEM 6310: Advanced Organic Chemistry               [3‐0]

The course deals with the advanced organic reactions including alpha carbonyl chemistry, cycloadditions, unimolecular rearrangements and thermal eliminations. It also deals with modernasymmetric syntheses and their applications to chiral medicinal drugs, stereochemistry of carbon compounds, their principles and applications, molecular symmetry and chirality, dynamic stereochemistry, stereoselective reactions and spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHEM 2303

CHEM 6315: Inorganic Chemistry I               [3‐0]

Coordination chemistry, ligand and crystal field theories and chemistry of transition elements.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3301.

CHEM 6320: Advanced Instrumental Analysis               [3‐0]

Advanced study of instrumental analysis and instrumental design. The course covers ultraviolet‐visible, infrared, Raman and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Prerequisite: CHEM 2301

CHEM 6325: Advanced Physical Chemistry               [3‐0]

Advanced study of various methods for studying molecular structure. Methods covered include quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, molecular spectroscopy and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3304.

CHEM 6330: Special Topics in Organic Chemistry               [3‐0]

May include advanced organic preparative laboratory, advanced organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, polymer physics and engineering and organic nanomaterials.

Prerequisite: CHEM 2303.

CHEM 6340: Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry               [3‐0]

May include advance biochemical techniques, protein biochemistry, biotechnology, critical developments in biochemistry, advanced training and conduct in biochemistry, enzymes biochemistry and clinical biochemistry.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Biochemistry, CHEM 3303.

CHEM 6350: Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry               [3‐0]

May include clinical instrumentation, quality control/quality assurance, chemical separations, laser analytical chemistry, advance instrumental laboratory investigations, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, marine chemistry and forensic sciences.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 2301.

CHEM 6360: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry               [3‐0]

May include quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, statistical mechanics, group theory and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Physical Chemistry I & II, CHEM 3304 and CHEM 3305.

CHEM 6370: Special Topics in Chemical Education               [3‐0]

Special topics for the enhancement of chemical education including chemistry, technology, environmental science and other related topics. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.

Prerequisite: Assigned teaching duties or graduate student status.

CHEM 6380: Special Topics in Biochemistry               [3‐0]

May include advance biochemical techniques, protein biochemistry, biotechnology, critical developments in biochemistry, advanced training and conduct in biochemistry, enzymes biochemistry and clinical biochemistry.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate Biochemistry, CHEM 3303.

CHEM 6390: Physical Biochemistry               [3‐0]

A discussion of the physical principles governing biological macromolecular structure and function, and the physicochemical experiments used to probe their structure and function.

Prerequisite:Graduate student standing.

 

CHEM 7302: Graduate Seminar               [3‐0]

Presentation of the proposed thesis project.

Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.

CHEM 7300: Thesis I               [3‐0]

Research work culminating in a presentation of thesis research data.

Prerequisites: CHEM 7101, CHEM 7102 and graduate advisor’s permission.

CHEM 7301: Thesis II               [3‐0]

Research work culminating in a thesis defense.

Prerequisite: CHEM 7300 and graduate advisor’s permission

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