1. Acceptance as a graduate student by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
2. A bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry or one of the biological sciences. Students with majors in other areas may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Graduate Adviser. Prerequisite courses include CHEM 251, 320A,B or 322A,B, 377A,B, 441A,B, 443; MATH 122, 123; PHYS 100A,B or their equivalents and courses in general biology and cell/molecular biology. A student deficient in any of these courses must complete the course(s) as a graduate student.
3. Entering graduate students are required to take a placement examination in biochemistry at the beginning of the first semester of the MS program. A second placement examination in either organic chemistry or physical chemistry must be taken by the beginning of the second semester. Any student failing to pass a placement examination, is required to complete an appropriate course recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee with a minimum grade of "B" or better. Usually the recommended courses are:
Under some circumstances, with the approval of the Graduate Adviser, students may take both placement examinations at the beginning of the first semester.
4. The placement examinations are usually given on the Monday and Tuesday of the week preceding the first day of instruction. The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates the examination results and recommends appropriate courses to correct any deficiencies in chemistry. The Biochemistry Graduate Advisor will meet with the student at this time to prepare a tentative degree program.
5. Entering students are required to select a research advisor within eight weeks following the first day of instruction. At this time the student and the advisor will select two additional faculty members to serve on the Thesis Committee. In consultation with the Graduate Adviser, the Thesis Committee will meet before the end of the eleventh week of the semester and plan a course of study consistent with the student's thesis research. The research adviser and/or the Thesis Committee will require the student to take the second placement examinations (in organic or physical chemistry). A student who fails this examination is required to enroll in an appropriate course recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee.
6. Each student shall prepare a thesis proposal in collaboration with the research advisor, stating the specific topic of the research and its significance, the specific objectives of the research, and the methods to be used. The student must obtain approval of the thesis proposal and must make a public presentation of the proposal by the end of the second semester in the MS program. Any major change in direction during the course of the research shall be subject to the approval of the Thesis Committee.
The regulations governing each student's master's degree are those in effect at the time of the student's advancement to candidacy. The Department recommends advancement to candidacy after the graduate student has:
The criteria above should be met by the beginning of the third semester of graduate study. Deficient students may continue at the discretion of the Department Graduate Studies Committee.