Facilities for Graduate Work
The Mallet Chemistry Library is the most complete chemistry library in the Southwest. In addition, 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 Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services are used in numerous research programs.
Areas of Study
Graduate study in chemistry is offered in the areas of biochemistry; analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry; and chemical physics. Each of these broad areas encompasses specialized aspects of the subject. Details are available from the chairman of the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The separate graduate program in biochemistry is described here.
Graduate Studies Committee
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
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.
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, one and one-half to two 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.
For More Information
Campus address: Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL) 2.218, phone (512) 471-4538, fax (512) 475-8839
Mailing address: Graduate Program in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1167
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