Academic Programs

Master of Science in Chemistry


General Info

Brief Description of the Major Field

The program will allow the student to acquire a strong and comprehensive background in the traditional areas of chemistry at the masters level with specialization in a particular branch of chemistry. It prepares the student for the practice of chemistry as a pure science or as interfaced with the other disciplines





Prospective Students

Those who wish to teach chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and those who want to undertake and supervise research and development activities in chemistry and related areas in the academe, research institutions and industry.






Graduates become eligible to handle key positions in government, academic and private institutions. They can be employed as managers, supervisors, faculty members, researchers and consultants







  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry










Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate


The MS CHEM program requires a minimum of 31 units, these are 15 units of major courses, 9 units of minor courses, 1 unit of seminar and 6 units of thesis. The major courses are composed of 12 units of core courses CHEM 205, CHEM 220, CHEM 230, CHEM 242 and 3 units of chemistry courses.

*Minor field options are agricultural chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics
and physics.



Graduate Courses

CHEM 205. Intermediate Physical Chemistry (3). Principles and calculations in intermediate physical chemistry, with emphasis on quantum chemistry, molecular thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 115 or COI. (1)

CHEM 211. Quantum Chemistry (3). Fundamental principles, computational methods, and chemical applications of quantum mechanics. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 115 or COI. (1)

CHEM 214. Molecular Thermodynamics (3). Principles of statistical thermodynamics and its applications to molecular systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 205 or COI. (2)

CHEM 215. Advanced Physical Chemistry (3). Classical and quantum mechanics; statistical thermodynamics. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 111 or COI

CHEM 216. Chemical Kinetics (3). Empirical and theoretical treatments of rates of simple gas phase reactions, reactions in solutions, complex reactions; catalysis. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 205 or COI. (2)

CHEM 220. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3). Structure, bonding, stereochemistry and reactivity of inorganic compounds; recent advances in the field. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 120 or COI. (1)

CHEM 225. Organometallic Chemistry (3). Principles and applications of organotransition metal chemistry. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 120 and CHEM 140 or COI. (1)

CHEM 227. Bioinorganic Chemistry (3). Role of metals in biological systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 120 and CHEM 161 (or 160) or COI. (2)

CHEM 230. Research Techniques in Chemistry (3). Theories and principles of analytical techniques important to agricultural research. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. CHEM 112.1 or COI. (1)

CHEM 231. Chromatography (3). Principles and applications of chromatographic separations. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 112 and CHEM 137 or COI. (2)

CHEM 232. Spectrochemical Methods of Analysis (3). Theories and principles of modern spectrometric techniques used for chemical analysis; their instrumentation and applications. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 112 and CHEM 137 or COI. (2)

CHEM 233. Electroanalytical Chemistry (3). Principles, methodology and applications of electroanalytical chemistry. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 112 and CHEM 137 or COI. (1)

CHEM 242. Organic Reaction Mechanism (3). Advanced study of the structure and reactivity of organic compounds; stereochemistry. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 44 or COI. (2)

CHEM 244. Organic Synthesis (3). Principles and applications of organic synthesis. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 242 or COI. (2)

CHEM 246. Heterocyclic Compounds (3). Structure and chemical behavior of heterocyclic systems, with emphasis on naturally occurring types. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 44 or COI. (1)

CHEM 252. Chemistry of Natural Products (3). Isolation and identification of chemical compounds obtained from natural sources. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. COI. (2)

CHEM 254. Physical Biochemistry (3). Applications of thermodynamics and kinetics in biological systems. 3 hrs a week (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 and CHEM 102 or CHEM 112. (1)

CHEM 260. Intermediary Metabolism I (3). Metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 or COI. (1)

CHEM 261. Intermediary Metabolism II (3). Metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, and biologically-active nitrogen-containing compounds. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 or COI. (2)

CHEM 262. Lipid Chemistry (3). Structure and biological functions, properties and applications of lipids. 3 hrs a week (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161. (1)

CHEM 263. Analytical Biochemistry (3). Isolation, purification, and characterization of biomolecules. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. CHEM 32 and CHEM 160.1 or COI. (1,2)

CHEM 265. Enzyme Chemistry (3). Equilibrium and kinetic aspects of enzyme reactions; enzyme structure and function; allosterism. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 111 and CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 or COI. (2)

CHEM 266. Chemistry of Nucleic Acids (3). Structure, chemical properties, metabolism and biological functions of nucleic acids. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161. (2)

CHEM 267. Advanced Biochemistry (3). Special topics in advanced biochemistry. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 or COI. (1,2)

CHEM 268. Carbohydrate Chemistry (3). Occurrence, structure and properties, isolation and purification, characterization, synthesis, biosynthesis and application of carbohydrates. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161. (1)

CHEM 269. Protein Chemistry (3). Structure, function, interrelationships and applications of protein. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161. (2)

CHEM 273. Chemical Toxicology (3). Toxicological concepts, reaction mechanisms and regulatory policies involved in the use of and exposure to chemicals in environment. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 160 or CHEM 161 or COI. (1,2)

CHEM 275. Enzyme Technology (3). Large-scale enzyme extraction and purification; immobilized enzyme technology; functional characteristics of enzyme reactors; recent advances in enzyme technology. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 178 and CHEM 265 or COI. (1)

CHEM 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2)

CHEM 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2)

CHEM 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be repeated for a maximum of 2 units. (1,2,S)

CHEM 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1.2.S)

CHEM 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2,S)


Faculty Info


Faculty Information




Highest Education

Fajardo, Norma N.

Agricultural Chemistry; Agricultural Sciences

PhD, University of Adelaide

Hernandez, Hidelisa P.

Agricultural Chemistry; Chemistry

PhD, Louisiana State University

Lacsamana, Marivic S.

Agricultural Chemistry; Biochemistry

PhD, Macquarie University

Merca, Florinia E.

Agricultural Chemistry


Peralta, Milagros M.

Agricultural Chemistry; Chemistry

PhD, Texas A & M University

Rodriguez, Evelyn B.

Agricultural Chemistry; Chemistry

PhD, University of Western Australia

Rodriguez, Myrna S.

Agricultural Chemistry; Chemistry

PhD, La Trobe University

Torio, Mary Ann O.




Affiliate Faculty



Garcia, Roberta N.



Laurena, Antonio C.

Agricultural Chemistry; Biochemistry


Mendoza, Evelyn Mae T.


PhD, University of Massachusettes



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