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The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs in chemistry provide advanced preparation for careers in government or industrial research or for doctoral study. The programs’ curricula are a blend of traditional and nontraditional, innovative courses that reflect the needs of modern chemistry. The UALR Department of Chemistry offers research-quality instrumentation and computer facilities as well as individual attention to each student and a high quality of instruction. Please visit the department’s website.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Entering students will be counseled and placed in appropriate courses based on their performances on placement tests in the four subdisciplines of chemistry.

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Program Requirements

Both chemistry degrees require at least 30 graduate chemistry hours, including at least three of four core courses (CHEM 7311 Analytical, 7340 Inorganic, 7350 Organic, 7370 Physical), as determined by the department’s graduate programs committee.

The Master of Science requires CHEM 8100-8400 Thesis Research and 7190 Graduate Seminar. The student selects a thesis advisor and a specific thesis research project, then researches, writes, and orally defends a thesis (11 credit hours). For the Master of Arts, 12 approved course hours replace the thesis and seminar hours. The remaining hours are elective and might include graduate chemistry courses of specific interest to the student; up to three graduate chemistry hours transferred from another school; up to three approved graduate hours from another UALR department; or up to six 5000-level hours.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Contact the program coordinator for information. International applicants for teaching assistantships must have an overall score of at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English. (The testing facility must send scores to the program coordinator).

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above;
  • Successful completion of written thesis and oral defense (MS only).

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Courses in Chemistry

CHEM 5251 Organic Preparations
Prerequisite: CHEM 3151 or 4250. Advanced experiments in organic chemistry using special apparatus and techniques. Two three-hour laboratories per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 5321 Biochemistry II
Prerequisites: CHEM 4420 or 5420. Continuation of Biochemistry I, covering energy generation, metabolism of lipids and amino acids, integration of metabolism, DNA replication and repair, transcription, translation, and control of gene expression. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4321. Students who have completed CHEM 4321 may not enroll in CHEM 5321. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours.

CHEM 5330 History of Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3350 with C or greater. This course is a survey of the growth and development of chemistry. Lectures will stress connections of modern commiserate to past chemists/scientists and how ideas are passed from generation to generation. The personality and human side of the scientists will be emphasized along with the interactions between science and society. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4330. Students who have completed CHEM 4330 may not enroll in CHEM 5330.

CHEM 5340 Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 3340, and 3572 or 3371 (3371 may be taken as corequisite). A study of inorganic chemistry with detailed emphasis on chemical bonding of covalent molecules, transition metal complexes and their bonding theories, spectroscopy of inorganic complexes, magnetism, organometallic chemistry with catalysis, and introduction to bioinorganic chemistry. Laboratory will reinforce concepts developed in lecture. Required for BS major. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4340. Students who have completed CHEM 4340 may not enroll in CHEM 5340. Lecture two hours and laboratory three hours per week. Three credit hours.

CHEM 5342 Environmental Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 and CHEM 2310 with grade of C or greater. A survey of environmental chemistry. Topics covered will include: Composition of the atmosphere and behavior; energy and climate; principles of photochemistry and surfactants; harloorganics and pesticides, water and air pollution (tropospheric and stratospheric) and connections to climate change; elemental and molecular environmental chemistry in geological media; water cycle and water treatment; principles of nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry; nuclear environmental chemistry; and evaluation of energy sources that are sustainable. dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4342 may not enroll in CHEM 5342. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours.

CHEM 5350 Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3351. Reaction mechanisms; correlation of structure with reactivity; literature survey of recent advances in the field. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 5360 Medicinal Chemistry
Prerequisites: General Organic Chemistry I and II, CHEM 3350 and 3351, General Organic Laboratory 1 CHEM 3151, and General Organic Laboratory II CHEM 3151 or Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory CHEM 3250, all with grades of C or greater. This course will serve as an introduction to the chemistry and theory of drug action that includes general drug design, drug- receptor interactions, drug design through enzyme inhibition, pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism. Additionally, the mechanism of specific drug classes will be examined. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours. This course cannot be used as a substitute for the Biochemistry requirement of the ACS certified degree.

CHEM 5380 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3151 and 3351 or 4250 (recommended but not required: Chemistry 3170, 3271, 3371, 3470, 3572). Coordination of theoretical, practical aspects; includes history, types of polymerizations, kinetics, molecular weight, physical properties including thermal and spectroscopic characterization, biopolymers, engineering resins. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered in spring on even years.

CHEM 5399 Special Topics in Chemistry
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics may include chemical carcinogenesis, environmental chemistry, solid state chemistry, radiochemistry, macromolecules, surface chemistry, quantum chemistry, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 5411 Instrumental Analysis
Prerequisites: CHEM 2310 and 2311; PHYS 1322 or 2322. Most common modern instrumental methods of analysis; includes topics in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography. Three hours lecture, one four-hour laboratory per week. Offered in fall.

CHEM 5420 Biochemistry I
Prerequisites: CHEM 2510, 3151, 3351. Basic chemistry and metabolism of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids; action of vitamins, hormones, enzymes. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered in spring.

CHEM 7190 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of thesis advisor and graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss, and exchange ideas on research topics of chemical interest. Required of the MS student. Credit must be received at least one semester before enrollment in the last research semester. One hour session per week. Course may not be repeated for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Offered in fall and spring.

CHEM 7240 Inorganic Preparations
Prerequisite: CHEM 4411/5411 or equivalent. Techniques of synthesis and identification of inorganic compounds. Six hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7311 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4411/5411 or equivalent. Complex solution equilibria and selected topics in spectroscopy, electro-analytical techniques, separations procedures. Three hours lecture per week.

CHEM 7317, 7318, 7319 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics may include electro-analytical techniques, modern functional group analysis, instrumental design and control, others. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4340/5340 or equivalent. Advanced theoretical concepts; includes atomic structure, molecular and solid structures, bonding, ligand field theory, organometallic chemistry, metals chemistry, reaction mechanism. Three hours lecture per week.

CHEM 7347, 7348, 7349 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4340/5340. Topics may include magnetochemistry, X-ray crystallography, chemistry of diamond-like semiconductors, chemistry of rare earth elements, chemistry of boron and its compounds, reaction mechanisms, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7350 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 or equivalent, 3351 or equivalent. Reaction mechanisms of classical organic reactions; includes ionic and free radical addition and substitution, oxidation, reduction, elimination reactions. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in fall.

CHEM 7351 Modern Synthetic Reactions
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 or equivalent, 3351 or equivalent. Modern organic reactions, their applications in synthesis. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7357, 7358, 7359 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350, 3351. Topics may include natural products, stereochemistry, photochemistry, heterocyclic
compounds, free radicals, carbenes, polymers, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7370 Physical Principles of Chemical Reactivity
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371 or equivalent, 3470 or equivalent. Chemical, physical properties of selected species in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structure; examples in scientific literature illustrate how physical chemistry principles may be applied to chemical reactivity. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in spring.

CHEM 7371 Chemical Thermodynamics
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Application of the three laws of thermodynamics to chemical systems; relates spontaneity and equilibrium in gaseous, heterogeneous-phase, and solution reactions to thermal, electrochemical measurements. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7372 Chemical Kinetics
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Chemical reaction rates; includes determination of empirical rate laws, collision and transition state theories, activation energy and catalysis, reaction mechanisms, kinetic intermediates. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7377, 7378, 7379 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Topics may include quantum chemistry, statistical thermodynamics, semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations, molecular spectroscopy and photochemistry, states of matter, mathematical methods in chemistry, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 7390 Selected Topics for Teachers
Prerequisites: experience in teaching secondary science and/or consent of instructor (based on assessment of student’s chemistry background). For secondary science teachers to improve and extend their knowledge of basic chemical concepts. These concepts are related to modern chemical topics wherever possible. Laboratory emphasizes techniques for conducting classroom demonstrations. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand.

CHEM 8100-8400 Thesis Research
Prerequisites: consent of coordinator, thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected chemical problem, culminating in a written thesis with oral defense; student presents a seminar on the research in the last course/hours, typically during the final semester, to faculty and fellow students. Eleven hours required for MS degree. May not be applied to the MA degree. Variable credit. Credit/no credit grade based on written progress reports.
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