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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is designed for students with a strong interest in chemistry who do not plan to work directly in a chemical field or go on to graduate programs. Many students pursue the B.A. in preparation for graduate work in dentistry, law and academia. Some students choose to pursue the B.A. in Chemistry while also taking courses in biology or another secondary interest. Students wanting to double-major may find the flexibility of the B.A. more amenable to scheduling and completion of required courses.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed to offer comprehensive preparation in all areas of chemistry through hands-on laboratory training, rigorous coursework and independent research. The bachelor's degree provides a comprehensive foundation for students interested pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical, government or academic sectors. Many students go on to pursue studies towards advanced degrees, such as a Master of Science or Ph.D. in various areas of chemistry and molecular sciences. This degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry minor

The chemistry minor is designed to allow students to obtain a thorough background in chemistry in conjunction with a major in another academic subject. The minor is open to all UMKC students and is particularly beneficial to any student whose career aspirations require a basic understanding of the molecular sciences.

Master of Science in Chemistry

Students who earn their M.S. in Chemistry receive the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct specialized research and are prepared for competitive careers in industry, business or academia.
This program is designed both for students who wish to remain in their current positions while taking classes as well as those pursuing a full-time, research-intensive path. The department has a small research mentor to graduate student ratio that facilitates close interaction between students and faculty. We currently offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for obtaining an M.S. in Chemistry.

Thesis option

Full-time students are expected to choose the thesis option, which has an emphasis on coursework and research. It requires a minimum of 31 hours of coursework in chemistry and the presentation of a thesis. With this option, students must choose a research advisor and a thesis subject. A candidate's thesis must meet all the requirements set forth by the UMKC School of Graduate Studies.

Non-thesis option

Students pursuing the non-thesis option for the Master of Science in Chemistry are expected to have an emphasis on coursework. This option requires a minimum of 31 hours of coursework.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Students choosing to pursue an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemistry will choose an area of research that is represented by chemistry and another co-discipline and outline a course of study with their research advisory committee.

Typical co-disciplines

  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Physics
  • Geosciences
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry

Chemistry as primary discipline

By choosing chemistry as the primary discipline of study, your program will be designed with your research advisory committee to accommodate you in pursuit of a future career in either an academic, government or industrial sector. Our departmental faculty have a wide range of expertise ranging from traditional chemistry topics, such as inorganic and organic synthesis, to multidisciplinary subjects such as pharmaceutical chemistry, materials science and catalysis.

Typical requirements for chemistry as the primary discipline
  • At least 31 hours of didactic coursework
  • At least 15 hours of dissertation research

Chemistry as co-discipline

Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Undoubtedly, this definition illustrates the wide role chemistry can play in other disciplines from engineering to geosciences, and from physics to biology. Chemistry is therefore a natural fit as a co-discipline to graduate students in pursuit of the iPh.D. from various primary disciplines, such as pharmaceutical science, physics and geosciences.

The typical requirements for chemistry as the co-discipline

  • Three courses (nine credit hours) at the 400-level or above in the department
  • At least one course at the 5500+ level

Research Areas

  • Asymmetry and chirality
  • Bonding theory
  • CO2 conversion into fuels
  • Electrocatalysis and electrochemical kinetic
  • Electrochemical synthesis
  • Electrochemistry of mesoporous structure
  • H2 production through photocatalysis and electrocatalysis
  • Infrared and raman spectroscopy
  • Inorganic biochemistry
  • Interface of art and science
  • Microwave shielding materials tests and evaluation
  • Molecular electrochemistry
  • N2 conversion into ammonia/hydrazine
  • Nanomaterials synthesis and characterizations
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organic pollutant and metal ion removal

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