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Degree Requirements

The course of study requires five semester credits of course work common to all students. Each student must complete three of the five core courses (9 semester credits). Students are required to complete 10-12 additional credit hours of approved graduate level electives in Chemistry, Biology, Math, or Engineering as outlined in the graduation plan developed with the student’s advisor and graduate committee, and approved by the Program Director. The signed graduation plan may be completed at any time, but is a requirement for successful completion of CHEM 510. Thesis option students are required to defend their research results before their thesis defense committee. Non-thesis option students must take a written comprehensive examination over courses taken in their program of study. A non-thesis option student must submit a formal written report based on an internship and defend their internship and work before their graduate committee. Each student must pass qualifying exams in three of five areas of selected chemistry content (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry). Students will have two opportunities to pass each area exam. Qualifier examinations are scheduled during the week preceding the beginning of classes each semester or in consultation with the program director or department chair. If an examination is failed, the requirement may be satisfied by completing the designated undergraduate coursework in the appropriate sub-discipline, as specified by the program director or department chair, with a minimum grade of “B”.

Students enrolling into the 3+2 program will be exempt from the requirement to pass qualifying exams if they have completed courses at CSU-Pueblo in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry with a grade of “B” or better. Students enrolled in the 3+2 program required to pass qualifying exams will schedule the exams in consultation with the Program Director. Chemistry program requirements are summarized as follows:

(thesis option)

CHEM 510 3
CHEM 588 1
CHEM 589 1
CHEM 593 1
CHEM 598 4
CHEM 599 6

(non-thesis option)

CHEM 501 3
CHEM 511 OR CHEM 512 3
CHEM 521 3
CHEM 529 3
CHEM 531 3
Electives 10-14
Total 30-31

* Students may only enroll for a total of 6 credit hours of CHEM 599, Thesis Research.

 Elective courses may be selected from the following chemistry courses or others may be added with permission of the graduate committee:

CHEM 501/L Advanced Organic Chemistry/Lab 4
CHEM 503 Polymer Chemistry 3
CHEM 511 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 512/L Biochemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 519/L Instrumental Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM 521 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 525 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 529 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 531 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 550 Industrial Chemistry 2
CHEM 591 Special Topics 1-4
CHEM 592 Research 1-3
CHEM 595 Independent Study 1-4

Vaccination Requirement and Exemptions

Student wearing face mask

The university's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy includes the COVID-19 vaccination unless an exemption is filed.

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