A candidate for the bachelor plus master’s degree must complete a total of at least 141 credits of college work, must fulfill the requirements of the Chemistry B.S. and M.S.programs and must meet the general undergraduate curricular requirements of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. A description of the general curricular requirements are available in the Course Catalog.

We encourage chemistry students take 50:198:111, Programming Fundamentals as one of their General Education requirements.

To declare Chemistry as your major, go to the registrar’s office and tell them you wish to major in chemistry (Subject Code: 160).

To remain in good standing, students may only receive one D grade in the chemistry/biochemistry undergraduate lecture courses.

To graduate with the M.S., the cumulative GPA from graduate lecture-course credits must be a 3.0 or higher. Any student whose average lecture-course GPA for a given semester falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Only one C or C+ and a maximum of 9 credits may be counted towards the 30 graduate credits.

Click the folder icon to see a list of the required courses for the B.S./M.S. in Chemistry, Traditional Track.

NOTE: Students who matriculated before Fall 2019 may use the list of requirements in the 2016-2018 Course Catalog.

50:160:115 Chemical Principles I (4 credits)
50:160:125 Chemical Principles Lab I (1 credit)
50:160:116 Chemical Principles II (4 credits)
50:160:126 Chemical Principles Lab II (1 credit)
50:160:335 Organic Chemistry I (4 credit)
50:160:339 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 credit)
50:160:336 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
50:160:340 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
50:160:325 Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
50:160:329 Analytical Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
50:160:326 Instrumental Analysis (3 credits)
50:160:330 Instrumental Analysis Lab (1 credit)
50:160:345 Physical Chemistry I (3 credit)
50:160:347 Physical Chemistry Lab I (1 credit)
50:160:346 Physical Chemistry II (3 credit)
50:160:348 Physical Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
50:160:492 Competence in Chemistry (Exit exam) (1 credit)
50:160:495 Research in Chemistry (2 credit)
50:160:496 Research in Chemistry (2 credit)
56:160:619,620  Graduate Research in Chemistry (cumulatively 5 credits)
56:160:701,702 Graduate Independent Study Chemistry (cumulatively 5 credits)
56:160:601 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)
56:160:602 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)

Students must also choose:
One advanced chemistry laboratory credit from:
50:160:400-level Any 400-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:400-level Any 400-level biochemistry laboratory course
and
18 graduate chemistry credits from the approved list. These must be distinct courses from the requirements listed above.
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry laboratory course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry laboratory course
One Advanced Chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500- level graduate Computational & Integrative Biology 121 lecture course

Additionally, students are required to complete the following courses from other departments:
50:640:121 Unified Calculus I (4 credits)
50:640:122 Unified Calculus II (4 credits)
50:640:221 Unified Calculus III (4 credits)
50:640:250 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
50:640:314 Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits) (Note: one additional mathematics course at the 300 level or higher fulfills the course requirements for the Minor in Mathematics. See the Department of Mathematics for details.)
50:750:131 Elements of Physics I (3 credits)
50:750:133 Elements of Physics Lab I (1 credits)
50:750:132 Elements of Physics II (3 credits)
50:750:134 Elements of Physics Lab II (1 credit)
(Note: 50:750:131 & 132 is preferred, but may be substituted with 50:750:203 & 204)

Faculty Adviser and Committee. All students will find a faculty adviser (by mutual consent) at the end of their junior year. With the guidance of the faculty adviser, two other individuals will be appointed to form the student’s thesis committee. The committee oversees the selection of a research project, judges the acceptability of the thesis, and conducts the final examination.

Research Initiation. At the beginning stages of a the graduate portion of the research project, an outline of the topic is presented during seminar for approval. The deadline is mid-semester of the student’s first term as a graduate student.

Completed Thesis. The thesis must be approved by the director of the student’s research committee and by the other committee members. For May graduation, the oral presentation and exam must be completed by mid-April. The thesis must be submitted online via the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system: https://etd.libraries.rutgers.edu/login.php. The thesis deadline adheres to the same deadline as the Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree. This can be found by visiting https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/files/Application-for-Admission-to-Candidacy-for-Degree.pdf. Students should be sure to follow the guidelines set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide, which can be found at https://dept.camden.rutgers.edu/graduate-school/files/Thesis-Style-Guide.pdf. If additional time to complete a thesis is required, the student will inform the thesis advisor and register for 56:160:800 Matriculation Continuation, until the project is completed.

Thesis Presentation and Final Examination. The thesis presentation is given during the semester in which the student completed his or her course of study. The presentation is open to the public and possibly scheduled as a research seminar. 

A diploma application must be submitted online in accordance with the deadlines that can be found at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation. The Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree (side one) should be completed by the candidate and submitted to the graduate director prior to the examination/defense. Application forms are available at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/files/Application-for-Admission-to-Candidacy-for-Degree.pdf. The student must inform the graduate director of the intent to complete the final examination/defense. The examination must be completed in accordance with the schedule established by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Camden and the chemistry program. In the event of an unfavorable decision, the examination may be repeated twice.

Recommended 5-year sequence of courses for B.S./M.S. in Chemistry, Traditional Track:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 4-SummerYear 5Year 5-Summer

Year 1 – Fall (13 total credits toward major)
50:160:115, Chemical Principles I – 4 credits
50:160:125, Chemical Principles I Lab – 1 credit
50:750:131, Elements of Physics I – 3 credits
50:750:133, Introductory of Physics I Lab – 1 credit
50:640:121, Unified Calculus I – 4 credits

Year 1 – Spring (13 total credits toward major)
50:160:116, Chemical Principles II – 4 credits
50:160:126, Chemical Principles II Lab – 1 credit
50:750:132, Elements of Physics II – 3 credits
50:750:134, Introductory of Physics II Lab – 1 credit
50:640:122, Unified Calculus II – 4 credits

Year 2 – Fall (9 total credits toward major)
50:160:335, Organic Chemistry I – 4 credits
50:160:339, Organic Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit
50:640:221, Unified Calculus III – 4 credits

Year 2 – Spring (8 total credits toward major)
50:160:336, Organic Chemistry II – 4 credits
50:160:340, Organic Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit
50:640:250, Linear Algebra – 3 credits
50:640:314, Elementary Differential Equations* – 3 credits

*Note: One additional course in 50:640 (Mathematics) at the 300 level or above fulfills the Minor Requirements in Mathematics. For details refer to the Rutgers University – Camden Department of Mathematics.

Year 3 – Fall (11 total credits toward major)
50:160:345, Physical Chemistry I – 3 credits
50:160:347, Physical Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit
50:640:325, Analytical Chemistry – 3 credits
50:640:329, Analytical Chemistry Lab – 1 credit
Notify: Notify the department of your interest in this program by submitting 3 supportive letters of recommendation; copies of your unofficial transcript(s); and a personal statement indicating your career goals, plans and objective to the Graduate Program Director.

Year 3 – Spring (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:346, Physical Chemistry II – 3 credits
50:160:348, Physical Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit
50:640:326, Instrumental Analysis – 3 credits
50:640:330, Instrumental Analysis Lab – 1 credit
Graduate Chemistry Course** – 3 credits, listed below
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Course*** – 1 credit, listed below
Prepare for Research – No registration required. Examine Our Research and contact professors about conducting research in their group. All B.S./M.S. students must report the name of the faculty thesis adviser to the Graduate Program Director by the end of this semester.

**18 Graduate Chemistry Courses from the list below:
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
50:160:500-level Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:500-level Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course
One Advanced Chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500- level graduate Computational & Integrative Biology 121 lecture course

***One advanced chemistry laboratory credit from:
50:160:400-level Any 400-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:400-level Any 400-level biochemistry laboratory course

Year 4 – Fall (2 to 8 total credits towards major)
50:160:495, Research in Chemistry – 2 credits
Graduate Chemistry Courses – 0 to 6 credits, listed below**
In consultation with Thesis Adviser, select Thesis Committee – Inform Graduate Program Director of Thesis Committee Members
Apply: Officially apply to the M.S. in chemistry program.

Year 4 – Spring (3 to 9 total credits towards major)
50:160:496, Research in Chemistry – 2 credits
Graduate Chemistry Courses, as needed – 6 to 0 credits (for a total of 9 graduate credits by end of Year 4), listed below**
50:160:492, Competence in Chemistry (Exit Exam) – 1 credit

**18 Graduate Chemistry Courses from the list below:
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
50:160:500-level Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:500-level Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course
One Advanced Chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500- level graduate Computational & Integrative Biology 121 lecture course

Year 4 – Summer (0 total credits)
 In consultation with Thesis Adviser, update thesis committee on research progress
 Continue research project

Year 5 – Fall (12 to 15 total credits)
Graduate Chemistry Courses – 6 to 9 credits of approved courses, listed below**
56:160:601, Seminar
– 1 credit, Present Proposal
56:160:619, Independent Study in Chemistry
– 5 credits

Year 5 – Spring (6 to 9 total credits)
56:160:602, Seminar – 1 credit, Present Thesis
56:160:702, Research in Chemistry – 5 credits
Graduate Chemistry Courses, as needed – 3 to 0 credits of approved courses, listed below**
Review your progress with adviser and committee. If a spring graduation is expected, complete the following steps:
Step 1: If Spring graduation is expected, S
ubmit Online Diploma Application & Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree by Due Date – Due Dates and Applications available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Step 2: If Spring graduation is expected, hand in Thesis to Thesis Adviser for review and revision – Mutually agreed upon timeline using University Thesis Style Guide
Step 3: If Spring graduation is expected, submit final version of Thesis to Committee – Submit final version of Thesis through the Electronic Thesis & Dissertations Portal by the Due Date

**18 Graduate Chemistry Courses from the list below:
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
50:160:500-level Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:500-level Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course
One Advanced Chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500- level graduate Computational & Integrative Biology 121 lecture course

Year 5 – Summer (0 total credits)
Register for 56:160:800, Matriculation Continuation, if needed
Review your progress with adviser and committee. If a summer graduation is expected, complete the following steps:
Step 1: S
ubmit Online Diploma Application & Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree by Due Date – Due Dates and Applications available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Step 2: If Summer graduation is expected, hand in Thesis to Thesis Adviser for review and revision – Mutually agreed upon timeline using University Thesis Style Guide
Step 3: If Summer graduation is expected, submit final version of Thesis to Committee – Submit final version of Thesis through the Electronic Thesis & Dissertations Portal by the Due Date