Organic Chemistry Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in organic chemistry is a 12-credit-hour program. It provides skills and training necessary to advance in the area of organic chemistry, which deals with the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds. Organic chemists find careers in the rubber, plastics, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, foods, coatings, dyestuff, and agrichemical industries. The certificate requires three organic chemistry lecture courses (each three credits) and one elective course (three credits). All students must take the three required courses and one elective course, subject to the Graduate School regulations.

A minimum of three of the courses must be taken at UMSL. Research credits must be taken from UMSL. Courses may be substituted with the permission of the certificate coordinator. For more information, students can contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Certificate applicants must meet the general University of Missouri-St. Louis Graduate School admissions requirements to be admitted to the Certificate program. Students admitted to the Chemistry M.S. program are automatically eligible to pursue the Certificate; however, they must apply separately to the Certificate program.  Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the Certificate program. The certificate is awarded after completion of the 12 credit hours of courses listed below. Students must apply to be awarded the Certificate. Courses taken while enrolled as an undergraduate may not be repeated nor will they count towards the Certificate.

This 12-credit-hour certificate program also counts toward the 30-credit-hour Master of Science in Chemistry degree program requirements. Students may choose to combine this Certificate with other courses and/or Certificates to obtain the Master of Science in Chemistry degree.

Required Courses
CHEM 5602Advanced Organic Chemistry I - Physical Organic3
CHEM 5612Advanced Organic Chemistry II - Reactions And Synthesis3
CHEM 5652Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds3
Choose one of the following:
Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
Graduate Research in Chemistry 1

If CHEM 6905 is chosen, then the research project must be in organic chemistry.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the certificate, students will have an in-depth knowledge in the structure, synthesis, reactivity and the identification of organic compounds. Students will also be able to take responsibility for the success of projects involving organic chemistry.