The PhD program in chemistry is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in chemistry or related areas and who wish to earn a doctorate in chemistry. Research spans a wide range of multidisciplinary fields, with strengths in clean energy, polymers, materials, medicinal chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, and chemical biology. Our research programs draw from a strong foundation in analytical, organic, physical, and biological chemistry in a collaborative and diverse environment. Our student-focused approach to mentoring, a strong graduate student association, and faculty deeply rooted both in academics and industry provide a flexible platform for student development toward a large diversity of career paths.
Students typically take courses their first year while supported on teaching assistantships and achieve PhD candidacy the first or second half of year two. The primary emphasis of the program is on the completion of an original research project, its articulation in a well-written thesis, and its subsequent defense before the thesis committee through an open seminar followed by oral examination by the committee members.
Bachelor's Degree Entrance
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
Three qualifying examinations
Minimum of three seminars
|CHEM 5600||Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 7730||Advanced Laboratory Methods||4|
|CHEM 7750||Advanced Problem Solving||3|
|CHEM 8504||Graduate Seminar (repeatable)||1|
|At least one seminar must be taken for a letter grade.|
|Chemistry Course Work|
|Complete 18 semester hours from the following:||18|
|Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
33 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required