Department of Science Graduate Programs

Graduate in Chemistry

Chemistry, M.S.

Department Chair: K.W. Hipps, WSU Pullman
Program Director: Karen Grant, WSU Tri-Cities


The chemistry program offers advanced and specialized courses to aid the professional development of residents in this region, provides service courses in chemistry for other WSU Tri-Cities programs, and offers courses leading to the Master’s degree in Chemistry. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Courses are offered in all areas of chemistry. Close cooperation with the Hanford research complex provides an opportunity for thesis programs and for augmented course instruction. Hanford research facilities include gas, liquid, and ion chromatography, thermal analysis, proton and multinuclei nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometers, computer-controlled transform infrared spectrometers, Raman spectrometer, inductive-couple plasma spectrometers, and x-ray fluorescence and diffraction. Research capabilities also include extremely sensitive and precise neutron activation analysis instrumentation, advanced high- and low-level radioisotope counting facilities, and specialized facilities for the study and handling of radioactive materials.

Degree Requirements

Students who apply for graduate studies in chemistry will usually have satisfied the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in chemistry and are expected to have adequate undergraduate training in subjects recommended by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. In addition to courses in chemistry, the undergraduate curriculum should include courses in physics, mathematics (through calculus), and at least one year  of a modern foreign language. Students with bachelor degrees in physics, mathematics, or biology and who have had the essential courses in chemistry are also eligible for admission to graduate studies in chemistry. Students interested in the chemistry program should contact the program directory.


Courses are listed in semester credits. Not all courses will be offered each year. For a complete list of courses offered by a department in any one term, consult the WSU Tri-Cities Course Schedule.

501 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
503 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry V 1-3
509 Chemical Group Theory 3
510 Introduction to Proteomics 2
514 Mass Spectrometry 2
515 Trace Element Analysis 2
520 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
521 Radiochemistry and Radiotracers 2
522 Radiochemistry Laboratory 1 (0-3)
531 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3
532 Advanced Physical Chemistry II 3
540 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
542 Advanced Organic Chemistry
543 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
581 Environmental Chemistry I 3
591 Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry 1
592 Seminar in Analytical Chemistry 1
593 Seminar in Physical Chemistry and Materials Science 1
594 Seminar in Organic Chemistry 1
600 Special projects or Independent Study
700 Master’s Research, Thesis, and/or Examination
702 Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination
800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination