Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Studies


Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Chemistry in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose

Application Deadline

For domestic students or international students currently attending a college or university in the US
   Fall: January 15   Spring: September 30
For International Students
   Fall: December 15   Spring: September 15
About deadlines
   The Department of Chemistry encourages applicants to send all application materials as early as possible and prefers to receive applications by the deadlines listed above but will consider applications received after those dates depending on the availability of assistantships. Early registration will increase applicants' opportunities to get into their desired area of study and be awarded one of the program's premium fellowships.

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Programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry are available. Areas of emphasis include analytical, bio-, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students are also able to participate in interdisciplinary studies through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Materials and Nanoscience, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Biotechnology, the University of Nebraska Center for Environmental Toxicology, and the University of Nebraska Cancer Center. The latter two programs run jointly between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The graduate program features a "Research First" approach where the focus is research intensive in place of a coursework intensive focus the first year of study. Graduate students have the opportunity to experience research in action by selecting and joining rotation research groups their first year while also participating in some coursework.

The department is the sole occupant of Hamilton Hall, a modern nine-story building containing lecture halls, research and teaching labs, full-time glassblowing and electronics shops, a variety of modern research instrumentation, and the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry.

Courses and More

Students in Chemistry are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Synthetic Organic Mechanistic Enzymology; Improved Methods for Catalyst Development
Trace Substances in Water; Contaminated Water
Mass Spectrometry; Structure of Biomolecules
Nanomaterials Chemistry; Materials Research for Neutron Detection; Scanning Probe Microscopy for Structural Biology and Nanophysics
Energy Conversion; Drug Design
Mass Spectrometry; Analysis of Oligosaccharides and Glycoconjugates; Analysis of Non-Covalent Biomolecular Complexes
     Analytical and Analytical Biochemistry
Biosyntheic Mechanism and Metabolic Engineering of Natural Products
     Organic and Biochemistry
Synthesis of Organic Peroxides; New Oxidation Chemistry
Spectroscopy; Intermolecular Interactions in Organic Solids and Crystals
Biodefense Research; Antibiotic Discovery; Pathogenic Bacteria; DNA Replication; Bioinformatics
     Biochemistry and Biophysical
Chemical Biology; Natural Product Biosynthesis; Synthetic Biology; Biomolecular Evolution
Chromatographic-Based Immunoassays; Separation Methods
     Analytical and Analytical Biochemistry
NMR Solution and Solids; Quantum Chemistry; Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Vibrational Spectroscopy
     Biophysical and Physical
Geometry of Organic Molecules
Biosensor Research; Protein Scaffolds
     Analytical and Bioanalytical
Surface Chemistry of Transition Metal Oxides
Quantam Chemistry; Polarizable Force Field; QM/MM Methods; Continuum Solvation Models; Intermolecular Interaction; Photochemistry
     Physical, Computational and Biophysical
Materials Chemistry; Nanoscience
Rapid Reaction Kinetics; Laser Spectroscopy; Eukaryotic Transcription
     Biophysical and Physical
Bioinformatics; Drug Discovery; Functional Genomics; NMR Spectroscopy; Structural Biology; Metabolomics
     Analytical and Biophysical
Organic Materials with Magnetic and Optical Properties; Organic Radicals for Biomedicine and Biophysics
Electrochemistry; Biomaterials; Magnetoresistance; Electron Tunneling
Materials science; Inorganic chemistry; Synthesis of nanomaterials; Self-assembly techniques; Nanoscale device fabrication
Bioorganic Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Directed Evolution; Small-Molecule Labeling; Split-Protein Reassembly; Protein-Protein Interactions; Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions; Cell Motility; Cell Signaling
     Biochemical and Organic
Chemical Educations; Science Education; Research-practice Gap; Expert-novice; Mixed-method Design; Cognitive Task Analysis
     Chemical Education
Asymmetric Catalysis; Enzyme Inhibitor Design
Nanosciences; Computer-Aided Molecular and Materials Design
Inorganic Materials Chemistry; Synthetic Nanochemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry; Electrocatalysis; Photocatalysis

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