Graduate Program in Chemistry 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Fisk University MA in Chemistry Graduate Program is open to persons who have graduated from an accredited college and earned a B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry or in a related field.  Students should have a chemistry background equivalent to 25 hours of undergraduate coursework.

When students lack a background perceived to be adequate in chemistry, they may be admitted conditionally or as graduate special students and required to take certain undergraduate courses before entering formally the Master of Arts program.

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.

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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)

Courses in Chemistry for the Graduate Degree CHEM 516, ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 3 credits
The interpretation of bonding and reactivity of inorganic compounds. Such topics as quantum mechanics and valence bond, molecular orbital, and ligand-field theories are included. Prerequisite: CHEM 316 or permission of instructor.  Vanderbilt equivalent: Chemistry 203 – Inorganic Chemistry

The physico-chemical principles of analysis, including a rigorous treatment of the methods of separation; electrical and optical methods of analysis.  Also treats selected topics on recent developments in analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 470 or permission of instructor.  Vanderbilt equivalent Chemistry 211- Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

This course provides comprehensive studies of compounds such as synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, aminoacids, and peptides. Mechanisms are emphasized. Other topics may include the chemistry and alkylation of enolates and their application to general synthetic methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 234 or equivalent.  Vanderbilt equivalent: Chemistry 220 C

This course places emphasis on the electronic structures, reaction mechanisms, and reaction kinetics of the reactions of organic compounds.  Vanderbilt equivalent: Chemistry 223

This course offers an introduction to infrared, electronic, Raman, and NMR spectra. Problems and laboratory techniques are included in the course. Prerequisites: CHEM 342 and MATH 130, or equivalents.  Vanderbilt equivalent: Chemistry 339 Spectroscopy

This course reviews classical equilibrium thermodynamics. Applications are made to the study or solutions of macromolecules, phase transitions, etc. Statistical thermodynamics is introduced. Prerequisite: CHEM 342 or permission of instructor.  Vanderbilt equivalent: Chemistry 331 Statistic Thermodynamics

Fisk University trainees in the Master’s degree in Chemistry have access to courses at Vanderbilt University. For students in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Program, at least one Vanderbilt course is required, and two are highly recommended:

Courses in  Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 312- Electrochemistry
Chemistry 313 – Advanced Analytical Chemistry II
Chemistry 314A- Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 315- Separations

Courses in  Biochemistry/Chemical Biology
Chemistry 224 – Bio-organic Chemistry*
Chemistry 226- Drug Design
Biological Science 220- Biochemistry I
Chemistry 324- Special Topics

Courses in Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 203 Inorganic Chemistry*
Chemistry 350 Materials Chemistry
IMS 320 Nanoscience

Courses in Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 220C*
Chemistry 224
Chemistry 223
Chemistry 225 Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds

Chemistry 338 Quantum Mechanics*
Chemistry 339 Statistical Mechanics
IMS 320 Nanoscience

Chemistry Major Electives 21
Thesis Preparation3
Chemistry Research9
Total Hours Required for Graduation30