College of Science


  1. The degree program must include a minimum of 45 quarter units. At least 24 units must be taken in 500-600 level courses.
  2. No more than 13 units of acceptable graduate credit may be transferred from another graduate institution. No more than 13 units taken through Extended University may be used on a contract. No more than 13 units of acceptable graduate credit may be petitioned by an undergraduate student. A total limit of 13 transfer, Extended University, and/or units petitioned for graduate credit may be included on a master's contract. The stipulated time limit of 7 years applies to all of the above.
  3. The student must complete his program based upon the curriculum outlined below.
  4. The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language or proficiency in a computer programming language acceptable to the chemistry department.
  5. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained in all upper division undergraduate and all graduate courses.
  6. Advancement to Candidacy must be achieved. Satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Test (GWT) requirement is necessary before advancement.
  7. An acceptable thesis must be completed and the necessary copies submitted in accordance with university regulations.
  8. An examination in defense of the thesis must be successfully completed.
  9. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter of graduation.

Graduate Courses Required

Seminar in Chemistry CHM 550 3.

Student must enroll for 1 unit of seminar during 3 separate quarters)

Course Title

Course Number


Thesis Research in Chemistry

CHM 694


Master's Degree Thesis

CHM 696


Courses in an area of Specialization 8

Select 6 units in an area of specialization, to be selected from:

  • CHM 522, 523 (theoretical);
  • CHM 541, 542, 543 (organic);
  • CHM 553, 554 (physical);
  • CHM 561, 562 (biochemistry);
  • CHM 571, 572 (inorganic);
  • CHM 581, 582, 583 (analytical).

Each of these courses requires a concurrent enrollment in 1 unit of CHM 513, Independent Study.

Approved electives: 25

Total minimum: 45

Chemistry Graduate Form (PDF)

Signature Approval Form (DOC)