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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

www.uta.edu/chemistry | chemistry@uta.edu
Admission Criteria | Master's Degree Requirements | Ph.D. Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Chemistry

M.S.

Chemistry

Ph.D.

Mathematical Sciences

Ph.D.
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Chair

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer

219 Science Hall, 817-272-3171

Graduate Advisor

R. Dias

305 Chemistry Research Building, 817-272-3813

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Awasthi, Bellion, Elsenbaumer, Marynick, McDowell, Pomerantz, Rajeshwar, Schelly, Timmons

Associate Professor

Dias, Kinsel, MacDonnell

Assistant Professors

Gluick, Lovely, Rudkevich

Objective: Master of Science

The objectives of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department's program leading to the Master of Science degree include (a) developing the individual's ability to do independent research, (b) preparing students for more advanced study in chemistry and (c) providing advanced training to professional chemists and those employed in technical and business areas in which chemistry at this level is necessary for efficient performance. Research areas include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

Admission Criteria

In evaluating candidates for admission to its graduate degree programs, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes the preparedness of the student as evidenced by quality and quantity of coursework and the student's previous research experience. Recommendations from our own faculty, based on firsthand knowledge of the applicant or a faculty member at the applicant's institution, are also very important.

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission may be granted under any one of the following options. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for all options is 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School.

Option 1

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. The TSE-A (score of 45 or higher) can be substituted for the TOEFL.

Option 2

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant's undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UTA Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.

Option 3

A satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UTA Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member based on a face-to-face interview. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Probationary Admission

In rare cases, probationary admission may be granted as the result of a substandard performance on one or more of the admission criteria. In this case, the Graduate Advisor will set additional conditions for admission including, but not limited to, additional undergraduate coursework and/or achieving a B or better in the first 12 hours of graduate coursework.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Eligibility for Scholarships/Fellowships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. (Students with graduate teaching or research assistantships, however, must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in both long semesters and 6 hours of coursework in the summer sessions.)

Master's Degree Requirements

A candidate for graduate study must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program.

Master's Degree with Thesis

A minimum of 18 hours in chemistry from courses listed in the Graduate Catalog will be required. Twelve of these hours should be from Chemistry 5301, 5303, 5309, 5311, 5315, and 5321. Electives may be senior or graduate division courses in a science or engineering subject selected by the candidate with the approval of the graduate advisor.

Master's Degree with Thesis Substitute

Admission to the program requires approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. Minimal registration in a project course (CHEM 5391 or 5691 or CHEM 5392 or 5692) is also required. At the time the degree is awarded the candidate is expected to have completed at least five years of suitable professional experience in an industrial, government, or other chemistry laboratory.

All potential applicants must contact the Graduate Advisor prior to registration.

Master's Degree Non-Thesis

This option requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework of which at least 24 hours must be in chemistry. All courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.

Objective: Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences/Chemistry Option

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematical sciences/chemistry option is designed primarily to prepare chemists for research and teaching careers which involve the theoretical and mathematical aspects of chemistry. For further details, see Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.

Objective: Ph.D. in Chemistry

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry is designed primarily to prepare doctoral-level chemists for industrial research careers. The student must (1) acquire the practical knowledge of the type of research conducted in industry and of the constraints (both practical and philosophical) under which such research is conducted; and, (2) demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research. The areas of research include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program and his or her academic record must show preparation for advanced work in chemistry.

Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:

1. Core courses for students emphasizing organic chemistry.

Three from:

CHEM 5303 Quantum Chemistry and CHEM 5180 Quantum Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 5311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 5315 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5321 Metabolism and Regulation
Plus:
CHEM 5308 Determination of Molecular Structure by Physical Methods
CHEM 5309 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 5310 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 5312 Advanced Organic Synthesis
Plus courses listed in item 6.

2. Core courses for students emphasizing physical or analytical chemistry.

CHEM 5301 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 5302 Physical Chemistry II

Plus three from:
CHEM 5309 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 5311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 5315 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5321 Metabolism and Regulation
Plus courses listed in item 6.

3. Students emphasizing biochemistry who have not had one full year of General Biochemistry must also take the following courses BEFORE taking CHEM 5321, 5325, and 5327:

CHEM 5319 General Biochemistry I
CHEM 5320 General Biochemistry II
Core courses for students emphasizing biochemistry.
CHEM 5311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 5321 Metabolism and Regulation

CHEM 5325 Enzymology
CHEM 5327 Biochemical Genetics
Plus one from:
CHEM 5303 Quantum Chemistry and CHEM 5180 Quantum Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 5309 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 5315 Inorganic Chemistry
Plus courses listed in item 6.

4. Core courses for students emphasizing inorganic chemistry:

CHEM 5315 Inorganic Chemistry
Plus three from:
CHEM 5303 Quantum Chemistry and CHEM 5180 Quantum Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 5309 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 5311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 5321 Metabolism and Regulation
Plus courses listed in item 6.

5. Core courses for students emphasizing polymer chemistry:

a. All core courses for any of the other emphasis areas 1-4

Plus:
b. CHEM 5350 Advanced Polymer Chemistry
Plus courses listed in item 6.

6. Courses required of ALL students.

CHEM 6201 Unit Operations
CHEM 6202 Principles of Industrial Chemistry
CHEM 6203 Regulatory Aspects of the Chemical Industry

ECON 5315 Managerial Economics

7. Additional research and elective courses chosen according to the student's dissertation topic and area of specialization under the guidance of the supervising committee.

A course grade may be used to satisfy degree requirements for no more than seven years after the course has been completed.

After admission to the doctoral program the student must successfully complete the appropriate examination(s) required by the faculty of the student's discipline.

A supplementary set of guidelines, published by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, should be consulted.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either"Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Chemistry (CHEM)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5101. SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY (1-0). Two semesters of registration required of all graduate students. May not be counted for credit toward the degree requirements. Every student is expected to present one seminar to the Chemistry Department during the two-semester period. Includes learning how to prepare, present, and defend an oral presentation. Seminar topics are selected with the assistance of the instructor and may include both pure and applied chemistry. Graded P/F only.

5180. QUANTUM CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (0-4). Molecular modeling. Application of various computational techniques to chemical problems, including determination of molecular geometry, conformational analysis, and molecular energetics. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 5303.

5300. SELECTED TOPICS IN ADVANCED CHEMISTRY (3-0). The area may vary (typically analytical, applied, biological, colloid, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, materials, theoretical, etc.) and will be announced in advance. More than one area may be covered simultaneously, in parallel courses offered under different section numbers. May be repeated for credit when area or topics vary. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5301. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (3-0). An introduction to the basic principles of quantum mechanics including Schrîdinger and Heisenberg formulations, basic postulates, operator algebra, exact solutions of model problems, approximation methods, group theory, and spin systems. Application of quantum mechanics for spectroscopy including time dependent perturbation theory, selection rules, and a survey of electronic, ESR, NMR, rotational, and vibrational spectroscopies. Emphasis will be placed on relevance to molecular structure, chemical dynamics, and materials science.

5302. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II (3-0). Thermodynamics, equilibrium, and introduction to non-equilibrium systems. Kinetics of simple and complex reactions. Theories of rate processes and molecular reaction dynamics. Statistical thermodynamics and its relevance to kinetics and spectroscopy.

5303. QUANTUM CHEMISTRY (3-0). Molecular quantum mechanics. Fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, with a special emphasis on molecular electronic structure theory. Topics covered include molecular mechanics, semi-empirical and ab initio molecular orbital theory, density functional theory, calculation of thermodynamic properties and molecular dynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or equivalent.

5308. DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS (3-0). The use of modern instrumental techniques to determine structure: infrared, ultraviolet, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, optical rotatory dispersion. Emphasis on interpretation of spectra. Prerequisite: CHEM 2322 or equivalent.

5309. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (3-0). Bonding, structure, stereochemistry, substituent effects, isotope effects, solvent effects, kinetics, and linear free-energy relationships in determining reaction mechanisms. Acids and bases, orbital symmetry, pericyclic reactions, photochemistry, and nucleophilic substitution reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 2322 and 3322 or equivalent.

5310. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (3-0). A survey of organic reaction mechanisms including addition and elimination reactions, nucleophilic carbon species, carbonyl reactions, electrophilic substitution reactions, rearrangement reactions, electron deficient species, and free radical reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 5309 or permission.

5311. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (3-0). Survey of sampling theory, practice, and data processing; optical methods of analysis; electroanalytical methodology; miscellaneous analyses including flow systems, x-ray and thermal methods, and surface-sensitive techniques; chromatographic methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 4461 or equivalent.

5312. ADVANCED ORGANIC SYNTHESIS (3-0). Synthetically important reactions, strategy in organic synthesis using retrosynthetic analysis and mechanistic understanding of reactions, synthons, asymmetric synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 5310 or permission of instructor.

5315. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3-0). Structures, bonding, and properties of main group and transition element compounds including: symmetry, coordination chemistry, reaction mechanisms, organometallic chemistry, and modern characterization techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 4318 or permission of instructor.

5319. GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY I (3-0). Amino acids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, enzymes. Obtaining of energy and cellular material from glucose including glycolysis, the TCA cycle, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation and the pentose phosphate pathway. Prerequisite: CHEM 2322 or equivalent. A knowledge of physical chemistry is helpful.

5320. GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY II (3-0). Modes of breakdown and synthesis of fats, oxidative degradation of amino acids and proteins and biosynthesis of carbohydrate, nucleic acids, and protein. Chemical significance of the genetic code. Prerequisite: one semester of approved biochemistry (CHEM 5319 or equivalent).

5321. METABOLISM AND REGULATION (3-0). Biosynthesis of amino acids, purines, pyrimidines, and complex lipids, including terpenes and steroids, with emphasis on regulation of these pathways. Aspects of more complex metabolic regulation by hormones, second messengers and receptor-mediated endocytosis with emphasis on chemical and structural modifications of proteins involved. Prerequisite: CHEM 5320.

5325. ENZYMOLOGY (3-0). A study of enzymes including structures, reaction mechanisms, regulation, and kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 5320.

5327. BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS (3-0). Aspects of the biochemistry of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, its regulation and control, together with genetic manipulations, and the methodology of recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisite: CHEM 5320.

5333. THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS (3-0). Applications of thermodynamics to the study of materials, thermodynamic properties of liquid and solid solutions and their relationship to surface and crystalline defects. Also offered as MSE 5320. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5340. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (3-0). Descriptive chemistry of air, water, and soil systems including pollutants; chemical and physical processes in the environment and their modeling; analytical, disposal, and recycling techniques. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5350. ADVANCED POLYMER CHEMISTRY (3-0). Polymer synthesis and reactions including condensation, free-radical, ionic, and coordination polymerizations; principles of polymerization including thermodynamics and kinetic considerations; physical characterizations including determinations of absolute molecular weights, relative molecular weights, morphology, glass transitions, and polymer crystallinity; relationships between macromolecular structure, properties, and uses of polymeric materials. Also offered as MSE 5346. Prerequisites: CHEM 2321 and 2322 or permission of instructor.

5461. ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTATION (2-8). Theory of instrumentation and chemical signal source. Practical experiments utilizing atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectroscopy, chromatographic analysis, and electrochemical techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or equivalent.

5191-5691. READINGS IN CHEMISTRY. Conference course which may be repeated for credit, with credit granted according to work performed. Graded P/F/R only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5192-5692. RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY. Conference course with laboratory with credit granted according to work performed. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Graded P/F/R.

5398, 5698, 5998. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 and 5998 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

6100. TOPICS IN GRADUATE RESEARCH (1-0). Lectures by departmental and university faculty on current chemical research at U.T. Arlington. All graduate students are required to take this course once. May not be counted toward degree requirements. Graded P/F only.

6101. TOPICS IN THE MODERN CHEMICAL LITERATURE (1-0). This course will survey modern aspects of chemical research by requiring all students to read and critically discuss papers from the recent chemical literature. Areas to be covered will be selected by the instructor to cover a breadth of areas beyond the normal focus of typical dissertation research. May not be counted toward degree requirements. Graded P/F only.

6102. ISSUES IN MODERN CHEMICAL RESEARCH (1-0). Topics to be discussed include the use of the library, maintenance of a research notebook, ethics in research, aspects of technical writing and presentations, and how research is funded. May not be counted toward degree requirements. Graded P/F only.

6201. UNIT OPERATIONS (2-0). Survey of measurement and control techniques, and the fundamentals of physical and chemical industrial processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 3322 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

6202. PRINCIPLES OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY (2-0). Survey of industrial inorganic and organic chemical processes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

6203. REGULATORY ASPECTS OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY (2-0). Survey of chemical toxicology, regulatory aspects involved in the chemical industry, industrial safety, patents and patent law.

6304, 6904. CHEMISTRY INTERNSHIP (12-0). Each student is required to spend three months in a nonacademic chemical laboratory; credit may be given for a student's previous industrial research experience. Graded P/F/R only. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

6399, 6699, 6999. DISSERTATION. 6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the degree of Ph.D. in Chemistry.

DISSERTATION--See also Mathematical Sciences.

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