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Concentrations

As a student in the Master of Chemical Sciences program, you will select one of the six concentrations that best matches your areas of interest. Together with your academic advisor, you will choose from the core concentration courses, below, to develop a curriculum that will allow you to achieve your academic and professional goals. Your concentration courses provide you with the skills and the technical perspective necessary to master a chemical sciences sub-discipline, and will help prepare you to complete the final capstone project.

Students who choose the Biological Chemistry concentration will pursue academic, government and industrial careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and various health care sectors.

  • Biological Chemistry I (CHEM 451)
  • Biological Chemistry II (CHEM 452)
  • Macromolecular Crystallography: Methods and Applications (CHEM 555)
  • Mechanisms of Biological Catalysis (CHEM 557)

The Environmental Chemistry concentration prepares students for a broad range of careers in academic, government and industry sectors involving chemical and environmental applications. Environmental chemists first try to understand how the natural, uncontaminated environment works in order to study the effects humans have in the world. 

Students in this concentration need to complete a minimum of 4-6 c.u. in either biological, inorganic, organic, physical or materials chemistry as well as 2 c.u. in either Environmental Chemistry modeling or policy (see below) to earn an emphasis in Environmental Chemistry. Students who complete a minimum of 4 c.u. in Environmental Chemistry modeling or policy will earn a second concentration in Environmental Chemistry. 

Modeling courses:

  • Modeling Geographic Objects (ENVS 541)
  • Aqueous Geochemistry (GEOL 528)
  • Bioremediation (ENVS 605)
  • Fundamentals of Air Pollution (GEOL 618)
  • Fate and Transport of Pollutants (GEOL 656)
  • Geochemical Modeling (GEOL 663)

Policy courses:

  • Clean Water‑Green Cities (ENVS 410)
  • Wetlands (ENVS 507)
  • Risk Assessment: Science & Policy Changes (ENVS 616)
  • US Environmental Policy‑Analysis of NEPA (ENVS 624)

The Inorganic Chemistry concentration prepares students for careers in chemical manufacturing, environmental, chemical engineering, food safety and mining industries, as well as any sector of the chemical industry.

  • Inorganic Chemistry II (CHEM 462)
  • Organometallic Chemistry (CHEM 464)
  • Main Group Chemistry (CHEM 465)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM 467)

The Materials Chemistry concentration prepares students for employment in research and development of products and materials such as coatings, polymers, composites, superconducting materials, graphite materials, integrated-circuit chips, nanotechnology and fuel cells.

In order to complete the requirements for this concentration, students must complete two core chemistry courses and two courses in materials that are related to the capstone project, which include:

  • Macromolecular Crystallography: Methods and Applications (CHEM 555)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM 567)
  • Biological Chemistry (organic focus) (CHEM 451)
  • Biomolecular Imaging (organic focus) (CHEM 559)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (inorganic focus) (CHEM 462)
  • Main Group Chemistry (inorganic focus) (CHEM 565)

Students who pursue the Organic Chemistry concentration will be prepared for research and development positions in a range of sectors, such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and biochemistry.

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanism, and Stereoelectronic Effects (CHEM 441)
  • Modern Organic Synthesis (CHEM 443)
  • Organometallic Chemistry (CHEM 564)

Pursuing the Physical Chemistry concentration prepares students for research careers in areas such as environmental and analytical chemistry, chemical engineering and medicine.

  • Statistical Mechanics I (CHEM 521)
  • Statistical Mechanics II (CHEM 522)
  • Quantum Chemistry I (CHEM 523)
  • Quantum Chemistry II (CHEM 524)
  • Molecular Spectroscopy (CHEM 525)
  • Chemical Dynamics (CHEM 526)

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