2021-22 Graduate Catalog

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Students may pursue 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 is not required. Any submitted GRE score is part of a holistic review of each application and official documents are required if scores are submitted for inclusion with the application.


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.