Applied Chemical Sciences Curriculum

Course Requirements

The Applied Chemical Sciences 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.

Required Cohort Courses
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 the inception of the program.

Required Core Chemistry Courses
Course Credits
CHEM 590 Applied Chemical Sciences Seminar 3
CHEM 592 Statistical Data Analysis 3
CHEM 591 Research Experience 3

CHEM 590 Applied Chemical Sciences 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 592 Statistics Data Analysis: 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 the 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 a 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 firsthand 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.

Areas of Specialization

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

Bioorganic Chemistry

Advisor: Eugene Zubarev

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

Courses Credits
CHEM 501 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 511 Spectral Methods Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 542 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 547 Supramolecular Chemistry 3
CHEM 548 Peptide Chemistry 3
CHEM 554 Drug Discovery 3
CHEM 552 Chemical Biology 3
Computational Chemistry and Data Science

Advisor: Anatoly Kolomeisky

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

Courses Credits
CHBE 505 Advanced Numerical Methods 3
CHEM 551 Biomolecular Concepts 3
CHEM 537 Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 515 Chemical Kinetics 3
CHEM 523 Molecular Dynamics 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 12 credit hours from the following:

Courses 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
STAT 535 Data Science Projects 3
*Course will be renamed to include petroleum chemistry.


Select 9 credit hours from electives in management, business, analytics, or communication courses

Courses Credits
ENGI 515 Leading Teams and Innovation 3
ENGI 614 Learning how to Innovate 3
ENGI 542 Communication for Engineers/Scientists 3
ESCI 549 Data Management and Governance 3
NSCI 515 Project Management 3
MGMT 610 Fundamentals for the Energy Industry 1.5
MGMT 625 Design Thinking 1.5
MGMT 633 Life Science Entrepreneurship 1.5
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 1.5
MGMT 721 Business Law 1.5
MGMT 747 Regulatory Environment of Business 1.5
Courses depend on the availability and coordination of courses with respective departments and the Jones School of Business.
Required Internship

Three to Six Month Internship:* Internships are envisioned with local chemical/medical/bioscience industries, non-profits, governmental or municipal organizations, labs, etc. Practical experience is offered via a three to six-month immersion. The internship will be under the guidance of a hosting 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