Chemistry and Biochemistry - Graduate Programs

Objective: Master of Science

The objectives of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s program leading to the Master of Science degree include:

  1. developing the individual’s ability to do independent research,
  2. preparing students for more advanced study in chemistry and
  3. providing advanced training to professional chemists and those employed in technical and business areas in which chemistry at this level is necessary for efficient performance.

Research areas include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

Objective: Ph.D. in Chemistry

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry is designed primarily to prepare doctoral-level chemists for industrial research careers. The student must:

  1. demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research and
  2. acquire the practical knowledge of the type of research conducted in industry and of the constraints (both practical and philosophical) under which such research is conducted.

The areas of research include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

Admission Criteria

In evaluating candidates for admission to its graduate degree programs, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes the preparedness of the student as evidenced by quality and quantity of coursework and the student’s previous research experience. Recommendations from our own faculty, based on firsthand knowledge of the applicant or a faculty member at the applicant’s institution, are also very important.

UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Unconditional admission may be granted under any one of the following options. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for all options is 3.0, as calculated by Graduate Admissions.

Option 1

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Option 2

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant’s undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member.

Option 3

A satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member based on a face-to-face interview.

Language Requirements

An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

PROBATIONARY ADMISSION

In rare cases, probationary admission may be granted as the result of a substandard performance on one or more of the admission criteria. In this case, the Graduate Advisor will set additional conditions for admission including, but not limited to, additional undergraduate coursework and/or achieving a B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.

DENIAL OF ADMISSION

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by Graduate Admissionsl, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. (Students with graduate teaching or research assistantships, however, must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in both long semesters and 6 hours of coursework in the summer sessions.)

Master’s Degree Requirements

A candidate for graduate study must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program.

Master’s Degree with Thesis

This degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours in course work plus a 6 credit hour thesis class. A minimum of 18 credit hours course work in chemistry, and up to 6 credit hours electives are required. The 6 credit hour thesis class (CHEM 5698 THESIS) must be taken in the final semester. Courses in chemistry will be taken from at least four (4) of the chemistry disciplines (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical); suggested classes are:

CHEM 5301INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5302 ADVANCED GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 5309ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following:3
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY
SEPARATION SCIENCE
ANALYTICAL ELECTROCHEMISTRY
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
CHEM 5315INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 5318PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5321 METABOLISM AND REGULATION

Electives may be senior or graduate division courses in a science or engineering subject selected by the candidate with the approval of the graduate advisor.

Master’s Degree with Thesis Substitute

This degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, of which at least 27 must be in coursework and 3 in a suitable project. Courses in chemistry will be taken from at least four (4) of the chemistry disciplines (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical); suggested classes are:

CHEM 5301INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5302 ADVANCED GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 5309ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following:3
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY
SEPARATION SCIENCE
ANALYTICAL ELECTROCHEMISTRY
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
CHEM 5315INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 5318PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5321 METABOLISM AND REGULATION

Electives may be senior or graduate division courses in a science or engineering subject selected by the candidate with the approval of the graduate advisor. Minimal registration of a project course is also required:

Select one of the following:3-6
READINGS IN CHEMISTRY
READINGS IN CHEMISTRY
RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY
RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY

Admission to the program requires approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. At the time the degree is awarded the candidate is expected to have completed at least five years of suitable professional experience in an industrial, government, or other chemistry laboratory. All potential applicants must contact the Graduate Advisor prior to registration.

Master’s Degree Non-Thesis

This option requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework of which at least 24 hours must be in chemistry. Courses in chemistry will be taken from at least four (4) of the chemistry disciplines (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical); suggested classes are:

CHEM 5301INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5302 ADVANCED GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 5309ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following:3
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY
SEPARATION SCIENCE
ANALYTICAL ELECTROCHEMISTRY
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
CHEM 5315INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 5318PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5321 METABOLISM AND REGULATION

Electives may be senior or graduate division courses in a science or engineering subject. All courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.

Admission Criteria

In evaluating candidates for admission to its graduate degree programs, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes the preparedness of the student as evidenced by quality and quantity of coursework and the student’s previous research experience. Recommendations from our own faculty, based on firsthand knowledge of the applicant or a faculty member at the applicant’s institution, are also very important.

UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Unconditional admission may be granted under any one of the following options. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for all options is 3.0, as calculated by Graduate Admissions.

Option 1

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Option 2

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant’s undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member.

Option 3

A satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member based on a face-to-face interview.

Language Requirements

An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

PROBATIONARY ADMISSION

In rare cases, probationary admission may be granted as the result of a substandard performance on one or more of the admission criteria. In this case, the Graduate Advisor will set additional conditions for admission including, but not limited to, additional undergraduate coursework and/or achieving a B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.

DENIAL OF ADMISSION

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by Graduate Admissions, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. (Students with graduate teaching or research assistantships, however, must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in both long semesters and 6 hours of coursework in the summer sessions.)

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program and his or her academic record must show preparation for advanced work in chemistry.

Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:

1. Courses for students emphasizing analytical chemistry
Select three of the following:9
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY (Analytical Chemistry Core Course)
SEPARATION SCIENCE
ANALYTICAL ELECTROCHEMISTRY
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION (Analytical Chemistry Core Course)
Plus any two (2) courses from two divisions outside of analytical chemistry (biochemistry, inorganic, organic, or physical) 1
Plus: One of the courses listed in item 7
2. Courses for students emphasizing biochemistry:
CHEM 5321METABOLISM AND REGULATION (Biochemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5325ENZYMOLOGY (Biochemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5327BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS (Biochemistry Core Course)3
Students emphasizing biochemistry who have not had one full year of General Biochemistry must also take the following courses BEFORE taking CHEM 5321, CHEM 5325, and CHEM 5327:
CHEM 5318PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY3
or CHEM 5319 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY I
CHEM 5320GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY II3
Select two of the following:6
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
   and QUANTUM CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY (one of the Analytical Core Courses)
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
Plus: One of the courses listed in item 7
3. Courses for students emphasizing inorganic chemistry:
CHEM 5315INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Inorganic Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5308DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS (Inorganic Chemistry Core Course)3
Select two of the following:6
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
   and QUANTUM CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY (one of the Analytical Core Courses)
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY
Plus: One of the courses listed in item 7
4. Courses for students emphasizing organic chemistry:
CHEM 5308DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS (Organic Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5309ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (Organic Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5310ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (Organic Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5312ADVANCED ORGANIC SYNTHESIS (Organic Chemistry Core Course)3
Select two of the following:6
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
   and QUANTUM CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY (one of the Analytical Core Courses)
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY
Plus: one of the courses listed in item 7
5. Courses for students emphasizing physical chemistry:
CHEM 5301INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (Physical Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5302ADVANCED GRADUATE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (Physical Chemistry Core Course)3
CHEM 5300SELECTED TOPICS IN ADVANCED CHEMISTRY3
Select two of the following:6
CHEM 5309ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 5304ANALYTICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY (one of the Analytical Core Courses)3
or CHEM 5311 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION
CHEM 5315INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 5318PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY3
Plus: One of the courses listed in item 7
6. Courses for students emphasizing polymer chemistry:
All required courses for any of the other emphasis areas 1-5 plus:
CHEM 5350ADVANCED POLYMER CHEMISTRY3
7. Chemistry Internship - Select one of the following: 2
CHEMISTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT
CHEMISTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT
CHEMISTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT
8. Additional research and elective courses chosen according to the student’s dissertation topic and area of specialization under the guidance of the supervising committee
Total Hours90
1

CHEM 5308 DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. Students who do not have a good instrumentation background should consider taking CHEM 5461 ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTATION.

2

Each student is required to spend three months in a nonacademic chemical laboratory; credit may be given for a student’s previous industrial research experience.

A course grade may be used to satisfy degree requirements for no more than seven years after the course has been completed.

After admission to the doctoral program the student must successfully complete the appropriate examination(s) required by the faculty of the student’s discipline.

A supplementary set of guidelines, published by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, should be consulted.