Graduate Chemistry
Major Requirements

Graduate Chemistry Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the MA in Chemistry
A minimum total 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required. At least 21 semester hours must be in chemistry courses. . This coursework should include at least 6 hours, and no more than 9 hours, of chemistry research and at least 21-24 hours in courses intended principally for graduate students (numbered 500 or above). Courses in chemistry-related fields must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry, Dr Natalie Arnett, when recommended by the student’s thesis advisor and required by research and/or specialized and approved areas of study.

An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.

Teaching in Chemistry (CHEM 582) and serving as a teaching laboratory assistant is required in the first year and considered to be part of the training of Chemistry MA students. A total of four hours may be earned for Teaching in Chemistry.

Major Requirements

Please note that these are MANDATORY courses ONLY. Please speak with your advisor or consult online course catalogs to learn about other offerings

Fisk MA courses Vanderbilt PhD courses
Chemistry colloquium (CHEM 501/502) [1 cr] Chemistry 301 Seminar (1 cr)
Teaching in Chemistry (CHEM 582) [4 cr] Chemistry 380 (1 cr)
Select 4 courses below [12 cr] from at least two of the five areas: (1) Analytical Chemistry, (2) Biochemistry, (3) Inorganic Chemistry, (4) Organic Chemistry, (5) Physical Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 516) Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 203)
Advanced Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 520) Instrumental Analytical Chem (CHEM 211)
Structural Chemistry (CHEM 530)
Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 535) Chemistry 220C
Reactions of Organic Compounds (CHEM 538) Chemistry 223
Synthetic Organic Chemistry (CHEM 539)
Advanced Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 545) Chem 331 Statistical Thermodynamics
Advanced Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 546)
Molecular Spectroscopy (CHEM 547) Spectroscopy (CHEM 339)
Special Topics (CHEM 581/582)