Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Master of Science degree.

Additionally, the Department of Chemistry offers a graduate level certificate in Nano Materials Science and Engineering. Students will receive the certificate upon completing all courses (B or better) stated in course requirements. 

Graduate Faculty

Castro, Mauro Professor, Department of Chemistry; Regents Professor; B.S., Texas A&I University; M.S., Texas A&I University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Chi, Xiaoliu Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., East China University of Chemical Technology (China); M.S., East China University of Chemical Technology (China); M.S., Western Kentucky University; Ph.D., University of Kentucky.

Gonzalez-Garcia, Maribel Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Spain); Ph.D., Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain).

Hahn, Christine Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry; Chair; Bachelors, Carl Schorlemmer College of Technology (Germany); M.S., Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany); Ph.D., Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany).

Liu, Sajid Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., University of Wales (United Kingdom); M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D., The University of Warwick (United Kingdom).

Sanchez, Elda E Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Ph.D., Central University of Venezuela (Venezuela).

Suntravat, Montamas Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); Ph.D., Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

Associate Member 

Abrams, Jason Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., University of Florida; M.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Florida State University.

Francis, Kevin Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Georgia State University; M.S., Georgia State University; Ph.D., Georgia State University.

Galan, Jacob Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Ph.D., Purdue University.

Emeritus

Olivares, Alberto Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry; B.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 5300  Chemistry Graduate Practice  0 SCH  (0-0)  

The beginning graduate student must complete the Chemistry Graduate Practice online program, which enables incoming graduate students to complete chemistry entrance examinations to assist in degree plan selection. Entrance examinations will place students in the research option, project option, or course-only option. Students placed in the research option will select a research professor, complete appropriate online safety training courses, and fill out scholarship application(s).

CHEM 5301  Advanced Chemistry Instruments  3 SCH  (2-4)  

Principles and practices in design of instruments for research, analysis and process control. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

Fee: $5.00

CHEM 5303  Advanced Analytical Chem  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An advanced survey of principles of chemical analysis with emphasis on newer developments in the field of analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

CHEM 5305  Project Research  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for students on a project research degree plan. Requires completion of a research project within one semester of research activity. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.

CHEM 5306  Thesis Research  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for students on a thesis research degree plan. Requires completion of a thesis project in two semesters of research activity. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequiste: Departmental approval.

CHEM 5308  Chem/Biochem Analysis  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The use of advanced synchronous x-ray, Raman and mass spectrometry for surface-profiling and depth-profiling of chemical and biochemical materials, material-air/solution interface. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401 or equivalent measurement, spectroscopy or analytical course.

CHEM 5311  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

In depth study of d- and f-block elements, their acid-base properties, standard reduction potentials, periodic trends of properties of the elements and their compounds, ligand field theory, coordination compounds, bonding and structure, optical and magnetic properties, and reaction mechanism of coordination compounds. Recovery of d- and f-block elements and industrial applications as well as metal ions in biomolecules will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 4311.

CHEM 5312  Coordination Chem & Catalysis  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Coordination chemistry is the study of compounds formed between metal ions and other neutral or negatively charged molecules. Aspects covered relate to characterization, synthesis, structure and chemical analysis of coordinated materials used in catalysis. Topics include: Introduction to chemical catalysis, kinetics, reaction theory, catalyst characterization, solid catalysts, surface reactivity and catalysis in practice with an emphasis on energy. Prerequisite: CHEM 4311 or approval by instructor.

CHEM 5313  Chemistry and Nanoscience  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Chemical concepts related to nanoscience. Selected topics include chemical, optical, electronic, and magnetic interactions produced by nanomaterials, the relationship between microstructural scale and its influence on physical mechanism, and appropriate applications such as solar devices, fuel cells or biomedical agents. Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.

CHEM 5323  Advanced Organic Chenistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An advanced treatment of organic chemistry including a study of both cyclic and acyclic compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 3323/3123 and CHEM 3325/3125.

CHEM 5324  Designing Organic Syntheses  3 SCH  (3-0)  

A one-semester course that reviews the syntheses of increasingly complex molecules and the retrosynthetic strategies used to develop the synthetic schemes. Required development of a synthetic plan for a structure taken from the recent literature. Prerequisites: CHEM 3325, CHEM 5323.

CHEM 5325  Chemistry of Natural Products  3 SCH  (3-0)  

A one-semester course that provides an introduction to the broad field of natural products chemistry by reviewing the major classes of natural products in terms of isolation, structure, properties, synthesis and physiological importance where applicable. Prerequisite: CHEM 3325.

CHEM 5326  Heterocyclic Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

A one-semester course that provides an introduction to the broad field of heterocyclic chemistry by reviewing the major classes of heterocyclic compounds in terms of nomenclature, structure, properties, preparations, reactions and physiological importance where applicable. Prerequisite: CHEM 3325.

CHEM 5327  Advanced Organic Synthesis  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An in-depth survey of modern synthetic reactions in the areas of carbon-carbon single and double bond formations and cycloaddition reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 3125, CHEM 3325.

CHEM 5328  Physical Organic Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

A one-semester course that provides an in-depth survey of molecular orbital theory in a thorough and rigorous manner and emphasizes the molecular orbital interpretation of various types of concerted pericyclic reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 3125, CHEM 3325.

CHEM 5329  Asymmetric Synthesis  3 SCH  (3)  

An in-depth survey of practical methods for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure organic compounds in agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries and in university research laboratories. Prerequisites: CHEM 3125, CHEM 3325.

CHEM 5331  Advanced Physical Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Detailed investigation of modern and traditional approaches to the study of chemical reaction rates. Prerequisites: CHEM 3331, CHEM 3332, CHEM 4131, CHEM 4132.

CHEM 5332  Quantum Mech-Molecular Model  3 SCH  (3-0)  

As an introduction to Quantum Mechanics-Molecular Modeling, this course serves two purposes: (1) Use computational tools to help increase student understanding of material already covered in various chemistry courses (2) Teach students about computational chemistry (molecular modeling) itself, with the goal to enable them to apply these computational tools in research projects. Prerequisite: CHEM 3332 or approval by instructor.

CHEM 5333  Bioinformatics  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Computational models of biological systems and mechanisms. Models may use tools and web applications to solve diverse problems, such as protein or nucleic acid structure, function, stability, or evolutionary relationship. Prerequisite: CHEM 3181 or equivalent literature or research methods course.

CHEM 5341  Biochem Analysis of Proteins  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Biochemical study of proteins (methods of protein purification, principles of protein structure and the study of proteins as enzymes). Prerequisite: CHEM 4341.

CHEM 5342  Biochem Analysis of Gene Ex  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Biochemical study of nucleic acids and the expression of genetic information (nucleic acid structures and manipulation, transcription and translation). Prerequisite: CHEM 4341.

CHEM 5343  Forensic Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Understanding the theory, concepts and application of forensic chemistry to complex problem solving related to crime detection and solving of crime via chemical means, such as use of mass spectrometry, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401 or equivalent analytical or bioanalytical course.

CHEM 5351  Environmental Chemistry  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The advanced study of chemistry as the basis of the environmental regulations for air pollution, water pollution, solid/hazardous wastes, toxic commercial chemical products and employee safety. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311/CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1312/CHEM 1112 or equivalent.

CHEM 5363  Chem & Morphological Analysis  3 SCH  (3-0)  

State-of-the-art techniques commonly employed in modern materials characterization. Aspects covered relate to characterization, structure and chemical analysis of materials. Techniques include microscopy, spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.

CHEM 5365  Graduate Research  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Individual research problems defined and supervised by a Department of Chemistry graduate faculty member with permission of the department chair. Provides experiences in individual design, execution and reporting of small units of research of professional caliber. May be repeated; no more than 6 hours may be counted toward one degree. Prerequisite: Departmental approval and completion of appropriate safety courses, as defined by the research mentor.

CHEM 5412  Special Topics in Chemistry  1-4 SCH  (1-4-0)  

A detailed study of special areas of chemistry featuring current advances and trends. Course may be repeated for credit when topics are different. A laboratory may or may not be offered.

Fee: $5.00

Chemistry, M.S.

Requirements for admission are:

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a satisfactory score on the GRE Aptitude Test;
  2. 20 hours of approved undergraduate chemistry, including 12 advanced;
  3. 8 hours of approved physics and 6 hours of calculus.

Students not satisfying these requirements may be admitted conditionally. The department, in examining the applicant's prerequisites, may accept equivalent hours or require additional work. An entering graduate student is normally subjected to four placement examinations in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry that are used for advising the student's beginning course work.

All Chemistry MS students (except the Biochemistry Track) are required to show proficiency by taking at least four out of the following five Core areas of Chemistry, namely Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical and Biochemistry.

CHEM 5323Advanced Organic Chenistry3
CHEM 5303Advanced Analytical Chem3
CHEM 5341Biochem Analysis of Proteins3
CHEM 5331Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 5311Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3

Nano Materials Science and Engineering

The graduate Nano Materials Science and Engineering Certificate is a 9-hour program open to all majors and professionals. This certificate will provide students the necessary skills to apply Nano and Materials Science effectively in a variety of areas. In order to qualify for the certificate, students need to take three courses, two required and one chosen from among electives. 

Required Courses:
CHEM 5313Chemistry and Nanoscience3
MEEN 5331Advance Materials Science3
Elective Courses:3
Eng Mechncs of Fiber Composits
Chem/Biochem Analysis
Chem & Morphological Analysis
Advanced Topics in Elec Eng
Prin of VLSI Circuit Design
Total Semester Credit Hours9

In addition, student may take any research (Thesis or Project) course (numbered 5305 or 5306) offered by the Department of Chemistry or within the College of Engineering or any research course (CHEM 5365) focused on research aspects of material science. Prerequisites for various courses have to be met. Contact the specific department course instruction for information and advising concerning prerequisites.