The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)
Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis
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Awasthi, Bellion, Dias, Elsenbaumer, Marynick, Pomerantz, Rajeshwar, Schelly, Timmons
Kinsel, Lovely, MacDonnell, Rudkevich
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.
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 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.
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 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. The TSE-A (score of 45 or higher) can be substituted for the TOEFL.
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 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. 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.
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 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. 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.
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.
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 9 hours of graduate coursework.
A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.
Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet 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.)
A candidate for graduate study must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program.
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 5318. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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) demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research; and (2) 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. The areas of research include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.
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:
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; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. 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. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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.)