These are the commonly offered courses for M.S. and Ph.D. students. Check Banner to see what courses will be offered for the upcoming semester.


5000 Thesis - Familiarizes the student with methods used in research in chemistry. Offered for variable credit, 1-6 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.

5001 Introduction to Chemistry Research - Introduction to chemical research topics of interest to the department. Special emphasis placed on ethics, plagiarism, codes of conduct, research notebooks, publishing, and presentations. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

5011 Graduate Seminar - Preparation and presentation of seminars usually on subjects of current interest taken from the literature. Completion of 1 credit hour required for MS degree.

5053 Foundations of Physical Chemistry - This course provides the foundations of physical chemistry required for all disciplines of chemistry to understand the underlying principles necessary to advance at the graduate level. This core treatment will address thermodynamics and equilibria, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. These topics will provide the conceptual learning critical for interdisciplinary applications of physical chemistry. Prerequisite(s): BS/BA in chemistry, CHEM 3153, or equivalent.

5063 Foundations of Organic Chemistry - This course provides the foundations of physical chemistry required for all disciplines of chemistry to understand the underlying principles necessary to advance at the graduate level. This core treatment will address thermodynamics and equilibria, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. These topics will provide the conceptual learning critical for interdisciplinary applications of physical chemistry. Prerequisite(s): BS/BA in chemistry, CHEM 3153, or equivalent.

5073 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry - This course provides the basic principles of analytical chemistry necessary to advance at the graduate level in all disciplines of chemistry. Subject matter includes the underlying principles of chemical analyses with emphasis on chemical and biological reactions (equilibrium, reaction rate, chemical labeling), instrumentation and instrumental design, sampling, sample preparation and method validation. These topics will provide the conceptual foundation critical for interdisciplinary applications of analytical chemistry. Prerequisite(s): BS/BA in chemistry, CHEM 3153, or equivalent.

5103 Physical and Chemical Separations - Principles of bulk and multi-stage separation methods: chromatography, liquid-liquid extraction, and zone melting. Prerequisite(s): One year of physical chemistry.

5223 Polymer Chemistry - Preparation and polymerization of organic monomers; properties and uses of resulting high polymers; theories of polymerization; inorganic and natural organic polymers. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3153 and CHEM 3433 or equivalent.

5260 Inorganic Chemistry I - Bonding theory, molecular symmetry and structure, characterization of inorganic compounds, coordination chemistry, crystal field theory, solution chemistry, and mechanisms of inorganic reactions in solution. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3353 or equivalent and 3 hours of physical chemistry.

5373 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds - Lectures on ultraviolet, circular dichroism, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS). More advanced techniques in NMR and MS stressed. Hands-on training and use of modern spectroscopic instrumentation in laboratory. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 4320.

5443 Mechanism and Structure in Organic Chemistry - Relationship of properties of organic compounds to their structure; mechanisms of organic reactions. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3153 and CHEM 3553.

5563 Chemical Thermodynamics I - Statistical and classical thermodynamics applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3553.

5960 Inorganic Chemistry II - Chemistry of main group and transition metal organometallic compounds, metal clusters, and catalysis by organometallic polymers, bioinorganic chemistry, and materials chemistry. (Same course as CHEM 6650*) Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 5260.

6000 Doctoral Dissertation  Research - Independent investigation under the direction and supervision of a major professor. Offered for variable credit, 1-15 credit hours, maximum of 60 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): MS degree in chemistry or consent of instructor.

6010 Research Seminar - Participation in departmental seminars on current topics in chemistry. One credit hour each fall and spring required for MS and PhD candidates with the exception of the first semester. Offered for variable credit, 1-20 credit hours, maximum of 20 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

6011 Advanced Seminar - Preparation and oral presentation of critical reviews on chemical subjects. Usually related to the student's research area. Completion of one credit hour required for the PhD degree. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 5011 or MS degree.

6103 Electroanalytical Chemistry - The theory, practice and instrumentation in various areas of modern electroanalytical chemistry. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 4024.

6223 Physical Polymer Science - A study of the physical properties of macromolecular systems including polymer solutions, gels, bulk polymers and rubbers. The characterization of polymers based on their thermal, spectroscopic, microstructure and molecular masses is also discussed. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 5223 or equivalent.

6420 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry - Deals with topics not covered in other courses. Offered for variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3153.

6650 Selected Topics in Advanced Physical and Inorganic Chemistry - Supervised study of selected topics and fields not otherwise covered. (Same course as CHEM 5960*) Offered for variable credit, 1-6 credit hours, maximum of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.


All graduate students enrolled in the OSU Chemistry program should work closely with their research advisor to choose the correct courses needed for a complete and fulfilling education.