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  Camden Graduate Catalog 2021-2023 Graduate School-Camden Chemistry 160 Degree Requirements M.S. Chemistry, Experiential Track (Plan A)  

M.S. Chemistry, Experiential Track (Plan A)

M.S. Chemistry, Experiential Track (Plan A)

A candidate for the master's degree, Experiential Track (Plan A) must complete a total of at least 30 credits of graduate coursework. Up to 10 graduate credits in chemistry or biochemistry may be transferred from other institutions.

To graduate, the cumulative GPA from lecture-course credits must be a 3.0 or better. 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 toward the 30 credits.

Coursework. At least 18 credits of lecture coursework must be completed from:

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 chemistry laboratory course
56:115:500-level  Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course

One advanced chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500-level graduate Computational and Integrative Biology 121 lecture course

Thesis/Research Credit. Up to 6 credits may be taken in the Independent Study research courses (56:160:619,620 or 56:115:619,620). Up to 6 credits may be taken in preparing a research thesis (56:160:701,702 or 56:115:701,702). Only a maximum of 10 combined credits of independent study and research can be counted toward the thesis-based M.S.

Research Seminar. All students must accumulate at least 2 credits of 56:160:601,602.

Faculty Adviser and Committee. All students will find a faculty adviser (by mutual consent) at the beginning of their first semester. 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. When a student is ready to begin a research project, an outline of the proposed topic is presented during seminar to the graduate faculty for approval. The deadline is midsemester of the student's second semester as a full-time student. The student is expected to inform members of the student's committee of the date and time of the research proposal.

Completed Thesis. The thesis must be approved by the director of the student's research committee and then accepted by the other committee members. The committee members shall have at least two weeks to review the thesis before the oral exam. 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: The thesis deadline adheres to the same deadline as the Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree. This can be found by visiting Students should be sure to follow the guidelines set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide, which can be found at

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 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. Application forms are available at The student must inform the graduate director of the intent to complete the final examination. 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.

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