Chemistry, Ph.D.

Admissions Requirements

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. The applicant’s academic record must indicate adequate preparation for graduate study in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Generally, to be considered for admission, a student should have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences on a 4.00 scale.  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission but are welcomed as supporting information and for additional award opportunities.   These guidelines are flexible, and slight deficiencies in one area can be compensated by strengths in another. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 88 on the TOEFL exam or 7 on the IELTS exam.

Degree Requirements (60 Post Baccalaureate Hours)

Course Work

A Ph.D. candidate, while earning a minimum of 60 hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, must complete:

Five 700-Level courses

(CHEM 701CHEM 790, CHEM 791, CHEM 898, and CHEM 899 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)

Two Semesters of Thesis Research

Course Title Credits
CHEM 790Introduction to Research3
CHEM 791Introduction to Research3
Total Credit Hours6

Present Two Divisional Seminars

Course Title Credits
CHEM 701Seminar1
CHEM 701Seminar1
Total Credit Hours2
Course Title Credits
CHEM 898Research in Chemistry II (Minimum of 12 credits)12
Total Credit Hours12

At Least 12 Credit Hours of the Following Must be Completed

Course Title Credits
CHEM 899Dissertation Preparation12
Total Credit Hours12

Note: Students must include additional hours on a program of study to total a minimum of 60 post baccalaureate hours, with the guidance of an academic advisor. Students must also complete an oral and written comprehensive exam.  The Oral Comprehensive Exam consists of a description of the dissertation research progress to date and future plans.  The Written Comprehensive Exam consists of an original research idea. 

Detailed departmental degree requirements are outlined in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Graduate Student Handbook, which is available on the website.  An electronic copy can be requested from the graduate director.