Traditional M.S. in Chemistry

M.S. Degree Curriculum

labworkThe M.S. degree in chemistry requires a total of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including a thesis as specified by the Department of Chemistry and Physics.   An oral defense of the thesis is required.   18 of the 30 hours consist of graduate level course work (see below).  Half of which must be from core disciplines within chemistry.  The remaining course work consists of graduate level electives which are selected under the guidance of your research advisor.   Applicants who do not possess a B.A./B.S. degree in Chemistry may be required to take some undergraduate chemistry course work.  These undergraduate courses do not count toward the M.S. degree.

 A typically first semester M.S. candidate will take courses, teach, select a research advisor, write a thesis proposal and select a Thesis & Research Advisory Committee (TRAC).  M.S. students are required to meet with their TRAC members each semester to discuss course work and research progress.  The thesis proposal is a short description of the student’s research project which must be approved by the TRAC.  Second semester M.S. candidates take courses, teach and perform research.  Third semester students typically complete their course work, teach and conduct research.  Fourth semester students spend most of their time writing their thesis and preparing for their thesis defense. 

M.S. Curriculum Check Sheet

4+1 B.S./M.S. Degree Curriculum

Candidates in the 4+1 program must meet the same degree requirements as the two year M.S. program (see above).  Up to 12 hours of course work (listed below) can be applied toward the 18 hours of course work required by the M.S. program.   For credit hours to transfer, students must inform the course instructor that they intend to take the course as a graduate student and complete all graduate requirements as outlined by the instructor.  A grade of B or higher is required for course work to be transferred as graduate credit.  Grades of C or lower cannot be applied toward the 30 hours but will negatively affect your status as a graduate student.  The thesis proposal which outlines the proposed research project must be completed before you may apply to the graduate school.

 Internal 4+1 B.S./M.S. Application            4+1 B.S./M.S. Check Sheet 

30 graduate hours:

18 hours of coursework (course descriptions can be found in the current WCU graduate catalog)

9 hours of core curricula selected from the following:

  • CHEM 535: Instrumental Analysis II (3)
  • CHEM 541: Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM553: Physical Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM621: Graduate Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM652: Graduate Physical Chemistry (3)
  •           9 hours of graduate electives selected in consultation with your research advisor:
  • CHEM542: Introduction to Organic Polymers (3)
  • CHEM561: Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM562: Molecular Bioinformatics (3)
  • CHEM563: Molecular Biotechnology (3)
  • CHEM564: Genomics (3)
  • CHEM565: Forensic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM593: Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
  • CHEM692: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM693: Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM694: Topics in Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM695: Topics in Physical Chemistry (3)
  • BIO512: Cellular and Molecular Immunology (3)
  • BIOL513: Principles of Microbiology (3)
  • BIOL514: Methods of General Microbiology (2)
  • BIOL524: Pharmacology (3)
  • BIOL567: Biostatistics (3)
  • GEOL505: Hydrology (3)
  • at least 12 hours consisting of:

    • CHEM696: Seminar (1) (enrollment is required each semester)
    • CHEM698: Research (3) (two semesters are required)
    • CHEM699: Thesis(3) (enrollment in final semester of graduate school is required)

    Additional information and requirements of graduate students are specified by the WCU Graduate School.

    For more information, contact:
    Brian Dinkelmeyer, graduate coordinator
    229 Natural Sciences Building
    Western Carolina University
    Cullowhee, NC 28723
    Phone: 828-227-3675
    Fax:      828-227-7393



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