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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Chemistry (CHM)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 40.0501
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry Department (CHM)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Edward Turos
Phone: 813-974-7312


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Program Information

The Department of Chemistry offers Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Non-thesis Master of Arts degrees. The Chemistry graduate faculty is comprised of full-time senior faculty members, all holding the Ph.D. degree. The combination of a large and strong faculty with a wide variety of courses and electives provides students with programs of study that can be tailored to fit individual needs, while maintaining a sound background in all general aspects of Chemistry. The excellent research facilities and low student-faculty ratio combine to afford unique opportunities for advanced study in Chemistry.

Major Research Areas:
Research opportunities are available in such interdisciplinary and specialized areas as Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education, Computer Modeling and Computational Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Delivery, Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Enzymology, Inorganic Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Metal-Organic Framework Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Natural Products, Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Organic Chemistry, Organocatalysis, Photochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymers, Spectroscopy, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Applicants must have the following:

  • a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.
  • a preferred minimum score of 149 V (430/800, 47th percentile) and 147 Q (570/800, 28th percentile) on the GRE (the Chemistry subject exam is not required, but recommended).
  • a minimum of a 3.00 grade point average (based on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework, as verified by an official transcript from the applicants undergraduate institution.
  • at least three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the students academic background.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must obtain at least a score of 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours 30 Credit Hours (Post-Baccalaureate)

Twenty hours must be in formally structured courses of which sixteen hours must be at the 6000 level , as approved by the students Supervisory Committee.

Core Requirements- 10 Credits Hours
CHM 6935        3 credits       Graduate Seminars in Chemistry
CHM 6978        3 credits       Advanced Research in Chemistry
CHM 6973        4 credits       Directed Research

Electives - 18 Credit Hours
Students may select from the following list of 5000 or 6000 level courses in the Chemistry Department and/or related departments, such as Public Health, Education, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics, with advisement of the students Supervisory Committee.

BCH 5045       3 credits       Biochemistry Core Course
BCH 5105       1-3 credits       Biochemistry Laboratory Rotations
CHM 5225       3 credits       Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHM 5226       3 credits       Advanced Organic Chemistry II
CHM 5452       3 credits       Polymer Chemistry
CHM 5621       3 credits       Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 5931       1-3 credit(s)       Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHM 6036       3 credits       Chemical Biology
CHM 6150       3 credits       Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHM 6235       3 credits       Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
CHM 6250       3 credits       Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Synthesis
CHM 6263       3 credits       Advanced Organic Chemistry II: Physical-Organic
CHM 6279       3 credits       Introduction to Drug Discovery
CHM 6936       1 credit       Chemistry Colloquium
CHM 6938       1-3 credit(s)       Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHM 6945       3 credits       Investigating Chemical Education Research in the United States

Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive exam for the MS takes the form of an oral defense of a written thesis.

Thesis 2 credit hour
CHM 6971        (2 credit)       Thesis

Other Program Requirements

Oral Defense of a Research Thesis
The student must submit and orally defend before the Supervisory Committee a written thesis based on original research in an area approved by the students Supervisory Committee. This will serve as the final comprehensive examination required by the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CHM6973, CHM6971, CHM6935,