Courses & Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

To earn your degree on the 36-credit non-thesis track, you must complete:

  • 18 credits of core courses (6 courses)
  • 6 credits of elective courses (2 courses)
  • 3 credits of seminars (CHEM 590C, up to one credit each quarter)
  • 9 credits of graduate research (CHEM 600B)

To earn your degree on the 48-credit thesis track, you must complete the requirements above, plus:

  • Complete at least 12 credits of graduate research with thesis (CHEM 700B)
  • Write a thesis that meets the requirements of your primary advisor and submit the thesis to the graduate school
  • Successfully defend the thesis before your primary advisor and two other faculty members

To help you plan your course schedule, check out our Sample Course Plan. If you would like to deviate from the sample, please discuss your plan with your MSACST advisor to ensure that you will be on track to complete your degree on your schedule. 

Core Courses

Visit the Course Descriptions page for more details. 

Autumn Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Elective Courses

Visit the College of Arts & Sciences Chemistry Course Description page for more details. The degree requirement for elective courses can also be fulfilled by completing additional core courses from the list above.

  • CHEM 508: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 516: Transition Metals (3 credits)
  • CHEM 517: Organometallics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 530: Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 531: Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 532: Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 536: Chemical Biology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 547: Data Science Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • CHEM 550: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 551: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 552: Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 553: Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 554: Introduction to Biomolecular Spectroscopy (3 credits)
  • CHEM 564: Organic Electronic and Photonic Materials/Polymers (3 credits)
  • CHEM 566: Energy Materials, Devices, and Systems (3 credits)
  • CHEM 584: Electronic and Optoelectronic Polymers (3 credits)
  • CHEM 585: Electronic Structure and Application of Materials (3 credits)
  • CHEM 586: Electronic Dynamics in Organic and Inorganic Materials (3 credits)
  • CHEM 587: Nanomaterials Chemistry and Engineering (3 credits)


The following seminar course is offered in the autumn, winter and spring quarters. The content will be different each quarter. 

  • CHEM 590C: Seminar in General Chemistry (1 credit/quarter)

Independent Research

All students are required to complete 9 credits of the following. Although the number of credits in a given quarter is not fixed, most students will complete 3 credits each during autumn, winter and spring quarters. 

  • CHEM 600B: Graduate Research (9 credits)

In order to complete the thesis track, students must also complete 12 credits of CHEM 700B. 

  • CHEM 700: Graduate Research with Thesis