Applied Chemical Science Coursework

Program Requirements

The Applied Chemical Science degree requires a minimum of 39 credit hours, not including the internship. The curriculum is built on a framework of relevant chemistry courses, business/management, analytics, and professional development: i.e. communication training, research and practical experience in form of an internship.


Applicants may or may not hold a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry, but they should hold a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related natural science discipline.

  • B.A. or B.S. degree in a related science or engineering program that included coursework in general physics, chemistry, calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations
  • Scores form the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • TOEFL or IETLS scores required for international students
  • Strong quantitative abilities recommended
  • Statistics, introductory economics and computer skills are preferred, but not required

General Course Requirements:

Required Cohort Courses Credits
NSCI 501 (2 semesters required, 1 credit each) 2
NSCI 511 Science Policy and Ethics 3
NSCI 512 Professional Master’s Project 1
NSCI 610/ENGI 610 Management for Science and Engineering 3
Total: 9

Note: Resources for these courses are already in place; faculty has been teaching the management course and the PSM Program Director has been hosting the seminar inviting guest speakers to campus since inception of the program.

Core Chemistry Courses:

Course Credits
CHEM 590 Applied Chemical Sciences Seminar 3
CHEM 5XX New Course on statistical analysis (TBA) 3
CHEM 591 Research Experience 3
Total: 9

CHEM 590 New Seminar Course: This course will be a seminar course that will bring in speakers from our industrial partners exposing the students to the different types of jobs available to them.

CHEM 5xx New Course on Chemical Statistics: This course will focus on fundamental concepts of statistics, and its specific applications for analyzing chemical, biological and medical experimental data. The goal is to provide a solid theoretical background for proper statistical description of experimental results and how to make correct conclusions from available observations. It is the belief of the department that our current graduate students could benefit from this course too.

CHEM 591 Research Experience: This course would partner the students in similar style to our undergraduate research course. The students will be matched with a PI during the admission process and work on a problem for a semester. There is no expectation of publication or independent work. The desired outcome of the experience is to expose the students first hand to chemical research. The students will not be trained to go on in research, but will gain valuable insight to interact with and teach others about research. This requirement could be waived or substituted with another course for part-time students with extensive lab experience with approval from the program advisor.

In addition to the courses listed above, students will pick from one of the areas of specialization below and choose 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the area.

Bioorganic Chemistry (Advisor: Eugene Zubarev)
Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following:

Course Credits
CHEM 501 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 511 Spectral Methods Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 542 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 552 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 548 Peptide Chemistry AND CHEM 554 Drug Discovery 3
CHEM 547 Supramolecular Chemistry 3

Computational Chemistry and Data Science (Advisor: Anatoly Kolomeisky)

Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following:

Course Credits
CHEM 523 Molecular Dynamics Methods-from statistical 1.5
Mechanics to Machine Learning 3
CHEM 551 Biomolecular Concepts 3
CHEM 537 Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 515 Chemical Kinetics 3
CHBE 505 Advanced Numerical Methods 3
STAT 532 Foundations of Statistical Inference I 3
STAT 533 Foundations of Statistical Inference II 3
STAT 535 Data Science Projects 3

Petroleum Chemistry (Advisor: James Tour)
Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following:

Course Credits
CHEM 533 *Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 3
CHEM 511 Spectral Methods Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 547 Supramolecular Chemistry 3
CHEM 520 Classical & Stat Thermodynamics 3
CHBE 505 Advanced Numerical Methods 3
CHBE 550 Petroleum Phase Behavior and Flow Assurance 3
ESCI 544 Hydrocarbon Exploration 3

*Course will be renamed to include petroleum chemistry. Topics are already covered

** Course taught by adjunct faculty. Introduced year 2 of the program. This course would teach the field lab techniques used specifically by chemists in the oil industry.


Elective Requirements:

9 Credit Hours: Choose from electives in management, business, analytics or communication

Course Credits
ENGI 515 (3) Leading Teams and Innovation (F) 3
ENGI 614 (3) Learning how to Innovate 3
ENGI 542 Communication for Engineers/Scientists 3
ESCI 549 Data Management and Governance 3
MGMT 610 Fundamentals for the Energy Industry 1.5
MGMT 625 Design Thinking 1.5
MGMT 633 / BIOE 633 Life Science Entrepreneurship 3
MGMT 676 Social Enterprise 1.5
MGMT 678 US Health Care Management 1.5
MGMT 686 Introduction to Marketing Research 1.5
MGMT 689 Decision Models 3
MGMT 717 Project Management 1.5
MGMT 771 Digital Marketing 1.5
MGMT 721 Business Law 1.5
MGMT 747 Regulatory Environment of Business 1.5

… and others – depending on availability of courses and in coordination with the respective departments and the Jones School of Business

And others

Three to Six Month Internship:*

Internships are envisioned with local chemical/medical/bioscience industries, non-profits, governmental or municipal organizations, labs, etc.

*Footnotes and Additional Information

1) Practical experience is offered via a three to six month immersion. The internship will be under the guidance of a host company, government agency, or non-profit organization. At the conclusion of the internship, students must present a summary of their internship project in both oral and written form for the cohort course NSCI 512. Part-time students who already work in their area of study may fulfill the internship requirements by working on an approved project with their current employer.


Note: Each of these courses is not offered every year, and some courses may have pre-requisites or require instructor permission. Also make sure that you have 30 credit hours of the course work are 500-level and above courses.

Most MGMT Courses are 1.5 Credit Hours

*NOTE: Students can choose up to two electives from the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GS), Informatics (HI), and/or Health Science Center (PH). NOTE: DO NOT TAKE THESE COURSES IN YOUR LAST SEMESTER