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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
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Master of Arts
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Facilities for Graduate Work

The Mallet Chemistry Library is the most comprehensive chemistry library in the Southwest and one of the largest in the country. In addition to extensive print-based collections in all areas of chemistry and chemical engineering, the library provides access to major database resources such as SciFinder (chemical abstracts) and Beilstein Crossfire, as well as several hundred electronic scholarly journals. These resources are available through the University Libraries Web site.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry maintains suitably equipped and well-staffed shops for glassblowing, machine work, and electronics maintenance and design. There are service laboratories equipped for organic analysis and for work in spectrophotometry; spectropolarimetry; photoelectron, nuclear magnetic, and electron spin resonance; x-ray diffraction; and mass spectrometry. Other specialized equipment is available in various laboratories. The facilities of Information Technology Services are used in numerous research programs.

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Areas of Study

Graduate study in chemistry is offered in the areas of biochemistry, chemical physics, and analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry. Each of these broad areas encompasses specialized aspects of the subject. Details are available from the chair of the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The separate graduate program in biochemistry is described in this catalog.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Eric V. Anslyn
Dean R. Appling
Paul F. Barbara
Allen J. Bard
Nathan L. Bauld
Christopher W. Bielawski
Jennifer S. Brodbelt
Karen Browning
Alan Campion
James R. Chelikowsky
Alan H. Cowley
Raymond E. Davis
Ananth Dodabalapur
Andrew Ellington
John C. Gilbert
John B. Goodenough
David E. Graham
Marvin L. Hackert
Graeme A. Henkelman
David W. Hoffman
James A. Holcombe
Brent L. Iverson
Kenneth A. Johnson
Richard A. Jones
G. Barrie Kitto
Denis A. Kohl
Michael J. Krische
Joseph J. Lagowski
Alan M. Lambowitz
David A. Laude Jr.
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
Philip D. Magnus
Lara K. Mahal
Dmitrii E. Makarov
Edward M. Marcotte
Stephen F. Martin
John T. McDevitt
Stephen A. Monti
Charles B. Mullins
Brian L. Pagenkopf
Jon D. Robertus
Peter J. Rossky
Rick Russell
Jonathan L. Sessler
Jason B. Shear
Greg O. Sitz
John F. Stanton
Keith J. Stevenson
John J. G. Tesmer
David A. Vanden Bout
Stephen E. Webber
John M. White
C. Grant Willson
Robert E. Wyatt
Y. Whitney Yin
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Admission Requirements

The preliminary training of students seeking a graduate degree in chemistry must include at least twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate work in chemistry, consisting of twelve or more semester hours of upper-division coursework and at least two courses (including laboratory) in organic chemistry and two in physical chemistry; one in analytical chemistry; and one in inorganic chemistry.

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Degree Requirements

One semester of Chemistry 398T is required of all candidates for advanced degrees.

Master of Arts. Master's degree students must complete thirty semester hours of coursework, including a minor of at least six semester hours. No more than nine hours of upper-division work may be counted; these hours must be divided between the major and the minor. Candidates normally must also submit a thesis based on individual research. The thesis course may be counted as six of the thirty semester hours required for the degree. In general, two and one-half years are necessary to finish the Master of Arts. The Master of Arts degree with report is available for approved programs only.

Doctor of Philosophy. Doctoral degree students who plan to specialize in biochemistry or in analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry must complete six courses on the letter-grade basis in three areas of science. The qualifying examinations are usually completed within the first eighteen months in residence or before application for candidacy. The student is examined by members of the Graduate Studies Committee in his or her areas of concentration before admission to candidacy. Four to five years of full-time study are usually required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree program.

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For More Information

Campus address: Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL) 2.218, phone (512) 471-3890 or (866) 471-3890, fax (512) 475-8839; campus mail code: A5300

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1 University Station A5300, Austin TX 78712


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