3190 Chemistry

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Science in Chemistry*
  • Dual B.S./M.S. in Chemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy*
    • Concentration in Biochemistry
    • Concentration in Organic Chemistry
    • Concentration in Biophysical Chemistry
    • Concentration in Analytical Chemistry
    • Concentration in Geology
*Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Bioinformatics is available.

Department of Chemistry
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4098
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4098
Phone: 404/413-5500
Fax: 404/413-5505
E-mail: chemgradstudent@gsu.edu
chemistry.gsu.edu

Chair to be named
Giovanni Gadda, Director of Graduate Studies
Markus Germann, Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Chemistry faculty members are actively engaged in a wide variety of research projects. Active research programs are pursued in analytical, organic and biophysical/computational chemistry and biochemistry with an option in bioinformatics. The department currently brings in over five million dollars in external research funds annually.

Over 25 prestigious fellowships and assistantships including the Ambrose Pendergrast Fellowship, the David Withers Boykin Graduate Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry, and the Solvay Fellowship are awarded by the department to outstanding Ph.D. students. In addition graduate assistantships are offered in Molecular Basis of Disease (MBD) and Brains and Behavior (BB) research areas and include a stipend of at least $22,000 annually, waived tuition, and subsidized health insurance. Outstanding students may receive an initial offer of support as high as $25,000, with waived tuition and subsidized health insurance. Support is contingent on remaining in good standing and maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree. Inquiries concerning assistantships and other support should be made to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry accepts applications for all semesters. Early submission is encouraged for assistantship considerations.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Chemistry by contacting the Graduate Coordinator at chemgradstudent@gsu.edu.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Chemistry has the following requirements:

  1. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in chemistry. However, consideration will be given to applicants with undergraduate degrees in biology, physics, or related fields who have substantial background in and knowledge of chemistry.
  2. M.S. program: Applicants to the M.S. program must submit a list of three individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in chemistry (submission of reference letters helpful but optional), and a statement of educational/career goals.
  3. Ph.D. program:
    1. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in chemistry.
    2. A detailed statement of educational/career goals and research interests must be provided.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to the departmental program brochures for the specific details for each degree program. The following information is a brief overview of the various degree options.

Master of Science, thesis option (32 hours)

Satisfactory completion of:

  1. Twenty-six hours of approved graduate coursework selected from 6000 and 8000-level courses. Eight of the 26 hours may be taken in a related field or fields (upon approval). Two hours of CHEM 8800 are required.
  2. Minimum of six hours of CHEM 8999, Thesis Research.
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language (French, German, or Russian) or in an approved research skill.
  4. A general examination.
  5. A thesis.
  6. A thesis defense.
Master of Science, non-thesis option (36 hours)

Satisfactory completion of:

  1. A minimum of 36 hours of approved coursework to be selected from 6000 and 8000-level courses:
    1. Eight hours of graduate-level biology or related field coursework may be applied toward the degree upon departmental approval.
    2. One hour of CHEM 8800, Seminar in Chemistry, must be included.
    3. Three hours of CHEM 8910 may be counted toward the 36-hour required course requirement.
    4. The coursework must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry.
  2. Proficiency in a foreign language (French, German, or Russian) or in an approved research skill.
  3. The successful completion of an approved laboratory or literature research paper under the direction of a faculty adviser.
Chemistry M.S. Program with Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics has grown from the creation of large databases that required computational approaches for efficient manipulation and analysis to a multi-faceted discipline that also includes microarray technology, statistical analysis, and molecular modeling.

The department M.S. degree with emphasis in bioinformatics is available in both the non-thesis and thesis options described above with the following modifications.

Math and computer science classes at the 7000 level that serve as prerequisites for 6000 and 8000-level interdisciplinary classes may be applied toward interdisciplinary coursework requirement. At least one course in biochemistry (CHEM 6600 or above) and CHEM 6640 or equivalent must be included in the above. In addition, 12 hours of interdisciplinary coursework may be applied toward the degree selected from the following partial listing:

For the non-thesis option, the approved laboratory or literature research paper must be on a topic within the area of bioinformatics. For the thesis option, one of the thesis committee members must be from outside the department.

Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Chemistry

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Chemistry offers a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Chemistry. The Ph.D. degree is offered in biochemistry, organic chemistry, biophysical/computational chemistry, and analytical chemistry. A bioinformatics option is available in each of the four core disciplines. A Ph.D. is also offered in geochemistry in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences. Please contact the Department of Geosciences directly for details on the Geology Ph.D. degree.

At least 80 hours of graduate credit are required for the Ph.D. degree. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, students must complete successfully:

  1. Thirty hours of approved graduate core coursework.
  2. Forty hours of research, at least 20 hours of which must be Dissertation Research.
  3. Ten additional hours of graduate course electives or research.
  4. Satisfaction of the foreign language (research skill) requirement.*
  5. A written and an oral qualifying general examination.
  6. A dissertation.
  7. A final oral examination, directed primarily to the defense of the dissertation.

*Foreign Language/Research Skill Requirement: A reading proficiency in French, German or Russian, or an equivalent research skill—e.g., computer language, technical writing, advanced statistics, electronics, etc.—(departmental approval necessary) is required. Students with M.S. degrees have already satisfied the language requirement. Credit hours used to fulfill this requirement do not count in the 80 hours.

Specific requirements: The following coursework illustrates the minimum curriculum requirements for each discipline. Substitutions in the curriculum may be made based on the recommendation of the student’s research adviser and require the prior written approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the departmental chair. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of all material covered in the core or designated courses during the qualifying examination.

Biochemistry
  1. Core courses (9 hours) – To be selected from Chem 6600, 6610, 6230, 6630, 8360, 8370, or approved substitutes;
  2. Area Electives (6 hours) – To be selected from Chem 6400, 6410, 6015, 8510, or approved substitutes;
  3. Interdisciplinary Electives in Biology (6 hours) or approved substitutes;
  4. Topics, Electives and Seminar (6-19 hours) – To be selected from Chem 6050, 6450, 8800, 8900, 8910, 8970, or approved substitutes;
  5. Research (40 hours) Chem 8900, 8910, or 9999 (at least 20 hours must be 9999).
Biophysical Chemistry
  1. Core courses (9 hours) – Chem 6110, 6120, and/or 8510 and choice of Chem 6190, 6370, 6450, 6590, 6780, 8450, or approved substitutes;
  2. Area Electives: (6 hours) – To be selected from Chem 6600, 6610, 6015, 8360, 8370 and/or Chem 6410 and/or Biol 6890, 8500, 8750 or approved substitutes;
  3. Interdisciplinary Electives in Biology (6 hours) or approved substitutes;
  4. Topics, Electives and Seminar (6-19 hours) – To be selected from Biol/Chem 8970, Biol 8700; Chem 6050, 6450, 8800 and other approved electives;
  5. Research (40 hours) Chem 8900, 8910, or 9999 (at least 20 hours must be 9999).
Organic Chemistry
  1. Core courses (9 hours) – Chem 6400, 6410, 6430, 6650, 6330, 8400, or approved substitutes;
  2. Area Electives (6 hours) – To be selected from Chem 6600, 6610, 6370, 8510, or approved substitutes;
  3. Interdisciplinary Electives in Biology (6 hours) or approved substitutes;
  4. Topics, Electives and Seminar (6-19 hours)- To be selected from Biol/Chem 8970, Biol 8700, Chem 6050, 6450, 8800, 8900, 8910, 8970, or approved substitutes;
  5. Research (40 hours) Chem 8900, 8910, or 9999 (at least 20 hours must be 9999).
Analytical Chemistry
  1. Core courses (9 hours) – CHEM 6850, CHEM 6015 and CHEM 6871, or approved substitutes;
  2. Area Electives (6 hours) to be selected from Chem 6370, 6400, 6410, 6600, 6610, 8510, or approved substitutes;
  3. Interdisciplinary Electives in Biology (6 hours) or approved substitutes;
  4. Topics, Electives and Seminar (6-19 hours) to be selected from Biol/Chem 8970, Biol 8700, Chem 6050, 6450, 8800, 8900, 8910, 8970, or approved substitutes;
  5. Research (40 hours) Chem 8900, 8910, or 9999 (at least 20 hours must be 9999).
Bioinformatics
  1. Core courses (9 hours) – Biochemistry/Organic/Biophysical Analysis
  2. Area Electives: Appropriate electives for core discipline selected in A or approved substitutes.
  3. Interdisciplinary Electives in Biology (6) or approved substitutes.
  4. Computer Science Courses (Electives and Seminar) (19)
    1. 12 hours from CSc, Math and/or Chem/Biol Informatics courses or approved substitutes [CSc 6260, 6310, 6730, 6840, 8710, 8711, and Stat 8090, 8440, 8540, 8561, 8630, 8660, and 8670 are possible choices.]
    2. Chem/Biol courses to fulfill requirement or approved substitutes.
  5. Research (40) Approved research courses (at least 20 hours must be 9999).
Geology – Please refer to the Geosciences section for PhD degree requirements