Chemistry

Master's Programs in Chemistry

Specializations are offered in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, and polymer science. This program provides opportunity for advanced study and research training in chemistry, both general and specialized. Provision also is made for the student to elect certain advanced subjects in related fields of mathematics, physics, and engineering.

The Department of Chemistry also offers two Professional Science Master's Options in Chemistry (one in chemistry and polymer science and the other in pharmaceutical biochemistry) which have different requirements than those outlined below.

Credit Requirements (Thesis Option)

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry, with 18 credits being earned in courses; and 12 credits earned in graduate research. Of the 18 course credit minimum, exclusive of research, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken in chemistry. The remaining course credits (3 or more) may be taken in chemistry or in related fields such as physics, mathematics, biology or engineering. Credit normally is not allowed for 400 level subjects in chemistry except for those designated in the catalog or approved by a student's advisor. Each graduate program in chemistry must include at least three advanced subjects from three of the following areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, or polymer chemistry, unless such requirements have been met previously and approved by the department.

Requirements

 Specialization in Analytical Chemistry

  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

and two courses of the following:

  • [CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanism
  • or CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis]
  • CHEM.5260 Chromatography
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM.5800 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry

 Specialization in Biochemistry

  • CHEM.5500 Biochemistry
  • CHEM.5510 Biochemistry II

and any three courses of the following:

  • CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis
  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5260 Chromatography
  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5380 Biochemical Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5600 Advanced Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM.5670 Advanced Computational Chemistry
  • CHEM.5690 Advanced Biocheminformatics
  • CHEM.5800 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry

 Specialization in Inorganic Chemistry

  • CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms

and two courses of the following:

  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM.5510 Biochemistry II

 Specialization in Organic Chemistry

  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reactions, Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5240 Organic Synthesis
  • CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis

and at least two courses from the following:

  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • Specialization in Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5310 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5130 Spectroscopy
  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM.5400 Chemical Kinetics

 Specialization in Polymer Science

Required: select from the following courses:

  • POLY.5030 Advanced Polymer Science I
  • POLY.5040 Advanced Polymer Science II
  • POLY.5050 Polymer Preparation and Characterization
  • CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis
  • POLY.5530 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms

Although the design of the academic program is the responsibility of the student's advisory committee, the following listing provides recommended courses for program development.

First Semester Subjects

  • POLY.5030 - Advanced Polymer Science I
  • POLY.5050 - Polymer Preparation and Characterization
  • CHEM.5680 - Structural Analysis
  • POLY.5530 - Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules
  • POLY.6070 - Polymer Science Seminar 
  • POLY.7010 - Graduate Research in Polymer Science
  • POLY.5490 - Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
  • CHEM.5230 - Organic Reaction Mechanisms

Second Semester Subjects

  • POLY.5040 - Advanced Polymer Science II
  • POLY.5120 - Properties of Bulk Polymers
  • POLY.6020 - Polymer Science Seminar
  • POLY.7020 - Graduate Research in Polymer Science
  • CHEM.6720 - Surface and Colloid Chemistry
  • CHEM.5240 - Organic Synthesis
  • PLAS.5230 - Plastics Processing Techniques

Seminar Requirement

Each semester the student is required to attend and participate in the chemistry seminar/colloquium program CHEM.6010,6020, 6030 and 6040. In addition, a master's candidate is required to present one seminar.

Thesis Advisory Committee

An advisory committee should be selected jointly by the student and advisor at the earliest possible opportunity. A minimum of three (3) faculty members are required for the master's thesis committee. The student's advisor will serve as the chairperson of this advisory committee. The purpose of this committee is twofold. First, it will be responsible for ascertaining that the student's research was conducted and presented in final form, in a professional and acceptable manner. Perhaps of more importance, the committee will serve in an advisory capacity during the course of the research project. In this spirit it is recommended that the student convene a meeting of the selected committee prior to starting his/her research. The purpose of this meeting is to informally present an outline of the proposed research project.

Non-Thesis Masters in Chemistry (NTMC)

This program provides opportunity for advanced study in chemistry that must include at least three of the following areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, or polymer chemistry.

Credit Requirements 

The NTMC degree requires 30 credits (10 courses). The following NTMC requirements must be met:

  1. A total of 18 course credits (CHEM or POLY prefix) must be taken within the Chemistry Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  2. The remaining credits may be satisfied by either additional CHEM or POLY courses or by transfer of up to 12 credits from a closely related program at a domestic university, including University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Note: Students who wish to pursue the NTMC degree who currently hold a B.S. or B.A. degree in chemistry or a related science, but do not have previous laboratory experience, may be required to take up to three undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses to ensure that they have sufficient laboratory skills upon completion of their NTMC degree.