Graduate Degree - Computational Chemistry - Master of Science

Computational Chemistry - Master of Science
Program Code:
3997 Computational Chemistry
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Award Type:
Master of Science
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College of Natural Science
Department of Chemistry
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College of Natural Science

Department of Chemistry

Graduate Study
Computational Chemistry - Master of Science

The Master of Science with a major in Computational Chemistry is designed to prepare individuals to implement, manage, and support all aspects of the application of computers and computing in chemistry within academic, governmental, and industrial scientific settings. Graduates will also be equipped to serve as professional resources for visualization, modeling, and database activities.

Computers and computing have revolutionized the way chemistry is practiced in both academia and industry. Representative uses of computers and computing in both settings include: collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data in an experiment; devising mathematical models of chemical systems; simulating and interpreting the results of experiments using mathematical models; preparing reports and organizing information; communicating with colleagues via local networks and the Internet; calculating the properties of chemical systems using the laws of physics; and using sophisticated visualization techniques to interpret complex calculations. Each of these activities requires that students have a working understanding of computers and computing as well as of the underlying chemistry.

Students who want to enhance their managerial, leadership and business skills may elect an optional certification program in business management and communication offered by The Eli Broad College of Business and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. This optional combination of technical and managerial skills will uniquely qualify these graduates to function as professionals in industrial, governmental, and academic settings.


To be admitted to this program, students must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or its equivalent, and completed one year of physics, the equivalent of four semesters of calculus, and the equivalent of 16 credits in computer-science courses.

Promising students who do not possess an adequate background in computer science or mathematics will be required to complete approved undergraduate courses to remove these deficiencies. These courses may not count toward the master’s degree.

In addition to meeting the university and College of Natural Science requirements, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Computational Chemistry

This program is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The student’s program of study must be approved by the academic advisor.

1. The student must complete the requirements specified below:  
  a. Entering graduate students must take a qualifying examination in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and must earn a qualifying grade in at least  two areas. Students who do not earn at least two qualifying grades will be required to complete course work that may not count toward the degree.  
    Students who took the GRE Advanced Test in Chemistry, and scored at least at the 75th percentile, may request an exemption from the qualifying examination. Examination results will be used by the student’s advisor to assist in developing the student’s program of study.   
  b. A minimum of 30 credits.  
  c. At least eight of the following courses (minimum 22 credits):   
    BMB 461 Biochemistry I 3
    CEM 481 Seminar in Computational Chemistry 1 to 6
    CEM 811 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 838 Computer-Based Scientific Instrumentation 3
    CEM 881 Atomic and Molecular Structure 3
    CEM 883 Computational Quantum  Chemistry 3
    CEM 890 Chemical Problems and Reports 3
    CEM 924 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry 3
    CEM 987 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry I 1
    CEM 988 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry II 3
    CEM 991 Quantum Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics I 3
  d. Electives (a minimum of 8 credits): Courses in biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and engineering, or statistics.   
  e. Pass a certifying examination.   
  f. Complete an internship in a professional setting.  

Optional Certificate

Concurrently, a student may choose to  complete a Certificate in Basic Business and Communication Skills.

The certificate program is organized as a series of weekend Workshops covering such topics as project management, business law, intellectual property, management theory, finance, writing skills, presentation skills, information retrieval, interpersonal skills and group work. The certificate program offered by the faculty of The Eli Broad College of Business and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences will include a case-study approach. It will normally be undertaken during the first year of enrollment and will involve an additional cost to the student beyond usual tuition and fees.

After the completion of the certificate program is approved by The Eli Broad College of Business and by the Associate Dean of the College of Natural Science, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student’s academic record the name of the certificate program and the date it was completed. This certification will appear on the student’s transcript upon completion of the requirements for the degree program.