What will I learn?

The graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry provide students with advanced study in synthesis, separation, and analysis of molecules with an emphasis on developing research skills in experimental and computational chemistry and in chemistry education. The graduate curriculum prepares students for careers in industry and teaching and for entry into PhD and professional programs.

Course Requirements

The program centers on a core of four courses designed to increase a student's knowledge and skills in applications of analytical techniques, general instrumentation techniques, chemical separation techniques, and analysis of spectra with applications in the field of biochemistry and organic chemistry primarily. Electives are offered to permit students to expand further their knowledge and skills in chemistry. A minimum overall and semester GPA of 3.00 must be maintained to sustain good standing in the graduate program. A grade of "C" or better in individual courses is required for graded work to be credited toward fulfillment of the master's degree. Students not meeting these requirements are subject to probationary status and potential disqualification from the program. In addition, students must regularly attend seminars offered approximately once a week each semester. Each student will give one seminar during his/her tenure as a graduate student that is on a literature topic not related to his/her thesis topic and another on his/her thesis results. Participation in seminar expands a student's knowledge of current research in chemistry and also assists in developing his/her oral presentation skills.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $396 per unit
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

SACRAMENTO,

California,

95819, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor degree to apply for a graduate program.

For international students

Admission as a classified graduate student in the Department of Chemistry requires:

  • a BA degree in chemistry, biochemistry or its equivalent as determined by the graduate committee;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA overall, in the last 60 units, and in chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses;

English Language Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL - Score of 550 (paper based test), Score of 80 (internet based), IELTS (Academic) - Overall band score of 6.5; PTE Academic - Score of 65.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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