Chemistry, PhD

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
Annual review
Dissertation committee
Minimum of three seminars
Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

Required Core
CHEM 5600Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry3
CHEM 7730Advanced Laboratory Methods4
CHEM 7750Advanced Problem Solving3
CHEM 8504Graduate Seminar (repeatable)1
At least one seminar must be taken for a letter grade.
CHEM 8984Research1-6
Complete 18 semester hours from the following:18
CHEM 5550, CHEM 5570, or within the range of CHEM 5610 to CHEM 7320


Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
CHEM 9990Dissertation0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

33 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required