2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Chemistry & Biochemistry

Students may earn the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry.

Prerequisites for the MA/MS and Ph.D. degrees: A baccalaureate degree in chemistry from an approved college or university with an academic record meeting the standards established by TCU. Students who have majored in related areas will be considered if it is believed that the relevant undergraduate chemistry background can be acquired during the first year of graduate study.

The GRE must be taken by all entering graduate students. Normally, a student must submit the results of the exam to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry before being admitted. In all cases, the examination must be taken before the end of the student's first semester residence in the program.

The time required for part-time students to meet requirements may be modified upon recommendation of a committee composed of the chair and two faculty advisers.

General Requirements

All graduate students must satisfy the core course requirements in three out of four areas of chemistry through placement examination or appropriate courses. The examinations are at the level expected for an ACS-certified BS degree. These examinations are given during the week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Students must take at least three exams upon entering the program. Courses are selected from the following: CHEM 50133 Biochemistry, CHEM 50223 Advanced Organic Chemistry, CHEM 50282 Advanced Physical Chemistry, CHEM 50290, Chemical Thermodynamics and CHEM 50163 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. A grade of "B" or better in the appropriate course is required to satisfy the requirement. All graduate students must satisfy the core course requirements by the end of the third semester in residence.

All graduate students are required to satisfactorily complete training in laboratory safety.