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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Chemistry

The MA degree is intended primarily to meet the needs of students working full time in industry or in secondary education who are seeking an advanced degree with only a small research component. The primary difference between the MA and the MS is that a research thesis is required for the MS degree.

Credit-Hour Requirements
A minimum of 45 credit hours (of which a minimum of 35 hours must be earned at the University of Denver).

Course Requirements
The graduate core curriculum must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better. If it is appropriate, and approved by the graduate committee, other graduate courses may be substituted for part of the graduate core curriculum.

Independent Study and/or Research
A minimum of six credit hours of independent study and/or independent research approved by the student's advisory committee must be completed.

Courses in Other Departments
A minimum of 35 credit hours must be taken in courses offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As many as 10 credit hours may be taken in science-related 3000- to 4000-level courses approved by the student's advisory committee.

Seminars
All students in the MA degree program must present a technical seminar (CHEM 4900).
Required Courses

Chemical systems (three-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3110 Chemical Systems I
CHEM 3120 Chemical Systems II
CHEM 3130 Chemical Systems III


Molecular structure and energetics (two-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3310 Molecular Structure and Energetics I
CHEM 3320 Molecular Structure and Energetics II

Biochemistry (two-quarter sequence)
CHEM 3811 or 3831 Biochemistry/Proteins

CHEM 3812 Biochemistry/Membranes and Metabolism

Analytical

CHEM 3220 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

One advanced topic course or additional research credits

CHEM 4xxx or others if preapproved by the graduate committee

Independent study and/or independent research
(minimum six quarter hours, repeats allowed)

CHEM 4991 Independent Study, CHEM 4995 Independent
Research

Master of Science in Chemistry

The MS degree is intended for students who want an advanced degree in chemistry primarily for the purpose of better preparation to conduct research or to fill higher-level industrial chemist positions.


Credit Hour Requirements
A minimum of 45 credit hours (of which a minimum of 35 hours must be earned at the University of Denver).

Course Requirements
The graduate core curriculum must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Seminars
All students in the MS program must present one departmental "non-thesis" seminar (CHEM 4900), in addition to the thesis seminar.

Thesis
A thesis of publishable quality must be completed. A summary of the thesis is presented in an oral defense. The thesis defense committee will consist of a minimum of two faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and an outside chair.

Required Courses
Chemical systems (three-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3110 Chemical Systems I
CHEM 3120 Chemical Systems II
CHEM 3130 Chemical Systems III 

Molecular structure and energetics (two-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3310 Molecular Structure and Energetics I, CHEM
3320 Molecular Structure and Energetics II

Biochemistry (two-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3811 or 3831  Biochemistry/Proteins
CHEM 3812 Biochemistry/Membranes and Metabolism

Analytical

CHEM 3220 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Advanced topics or additional research

CHEM 4xxx or others if preapproved by the graduate
committee.

Independent study and/or independent research
(minimum six quarter hours, repeats allowed)

CHEM 4991 Independent Study CHEM 4995 Independent Research

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

The PhD is the highest degree awarded and is intended for students seeking a career in scientific research. The ultimate aim of this degree is to train a scientist for a career that involves original research.

Credit-Hour Requirements

A total of 90 quarter hours (of which a minimum of 75 hours must be earned at the University of Denver). Because a PhD in chemistry is primarily a degree in which competence in research is learned and demonstrated, a large percentage of these hours are earned as credit for research (CHEM 4995). A minimum of 70 graduate level quarter hours must be in CHEM courses; a maximum of 20 quarter hours may be outside of CHEM courses, but must remain within natural sciences (e.g., courses with BIOL, MATH, GEOG and/or PHYS prefixes). The formal or classroom course requirements are the same as those for the MS degree.

Course Requirements
The graduate core curriculum must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Qualifying Examinations
All students in the PhD program are required to take a qualifying examination at the end of the spring quarter in their first academic year. This examination covers the material presented in the core curriculum, with each course contributing 100 points. To qualify for continuance in the program, the student must score at least 500 (out of 800 points). The faculty will meet to discuss exam results and decide whether the candidate will continue in the PhD program.

Cumulative Examinations
The PhD candidate must complete the cumulative examination requirement by the seventh quarter in residence. These examinations are prepared from topics appearing in the current literature and fundamental materials found in review articles.

Proposition Oral Examination
By the end of the eighth quarter in residence, the student should give an oral presentation of an original research proposal in an area of his/her choice. This proposal will usually focus on the student's chosen sub-discipline and should not be too closely related to any ongoing research in the department. After the public presentation, the student will defend the proposal before a committee of five faculty members (the advisory committee and two additional members).

Dissertation
A dissertation of publishable quality based on the student's original research must be completed. A summary of the dissertation is presented in a public seminar and later defended in a private oral examination. The dissertation examination committee will consist of the three members of the student's advisory committee, one additional member of the chemistry faculty to be selected by the advisory committee and an outside chair.

Seminars
All students in the PhD program are expected to present a departmental "non-thesis" seminar (CHEM 4900). This seminar should be presented fairly early in the degree program. In addition, the student must present public seminars as part of the proposition oral exam and final thesis defense.

Required Courses
Chemical systems (three-quarter sequence)

CHEM 3110 Chemical Systems I
CHEM 3120 Chemical Systems II
CHEM 3130 Chemical Systems III

Molecular structure and energetics (two-quarter sequence)
CHEM 3310 Molecular Structure and Energetics I
CHEM 3320 Molecular Structure and Energetics II

Biochemistry (two-quarter sequence)
CHEM 3811 or 3831 Biochemistry/Proteins
CHEM 3812 Biochemistry/Membranes and Metabolism

Analytical

CHEM 3220 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Advanced topics

CHEM 4xxx or others if preapproved by the graduate committee.

Independent study and/or independent research
(minimum six quarter hours, repeats allowed)

CHEM 4991 Independent Study
CHEM 4995 Independent Research

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics is an interdepartmental PhD degree program at the University of Denver.

See the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Bulletin for more details.