Chemistry - Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. in chemistry is offered in the major emphasis areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and biochemistry. The graduate program is designed to teach students modern approaches to chemistry and biochemistry (courses), experimental methods to problem–solving (research), and communication skills in the discipline (seminars and colloquia). Ph.D. candidates are required to complete the courses below, pass a qualifying exam at the end of the first year, pass both a written and oral comprehensive exam before the fourth year, and prepare a written thesis and pass a final oral examination.
|CHEM 475||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Safety||1|
|CHEM 476||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Research Ethics||1|
|CHEM 477||Central Concepts in Chemistry - ProfessionalDevelopment||1|
|CHEM 501||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Energy||3|
|CHEM 502||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Structure||3|
|CHEM 503||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Dynamics||3|
|CHEM 504||Central Concepts in Chemistry - Measurements||3|
|Graduate student seminars||6-12|
|Graduate Student Seminar 1||1|
|Comprehensive Literature Review Seminar for Graduate Students 2||1|
|Additional Required Courses 3||6-12|
|Research Credits 4||24-54|
Beginning in the second semester, all Ph.D. students must enroll in 1 credit of CHEM 510 Graduate Student Seminar, attending each semester. Students are required to prepare a formal presentation of their research work no fewer than twice during graduate study, typically in the 3rd and 4th years. Satisfactory performance in this course also requires attendance of all departmental seminars.
CHEM 520 Comprehensive Literature Review Seminar for Graduate Students is given on a topic of the student's choice as part of the Comprehensive Exam and will be assigned a letter grade. A grade of C+ or lower will require the student to repeat the course a maximum of once.
Additional courses in subsequent years are chosen based on major emphasis area, through consultation with the thesis committee.
At least 18 credits must be either CHEM 700 Doctoral Dissertation or BCHE 700 Doctoral Dissertation. 700-level research credits are taken after the completion of the comprehensive exam. Remaining credits can be CHEM 600 Research or BCHE 600 Research.
Information about additional course requirements: Through consultation with the thesis committee, students must complete 6-12 additional course credits. These courses can include BCHE 542 Biochemistry I , BCHE 545 Molecular and Biochemical Genetics, BCHE 546 Biochemistry II, BCHE 647 Physical Biochemistry, or BCHE 649 Topics in Biochemistry (Biochemistry); CHEM 507 Chemistry of the Elements (Inorganic); CHEM 514 Organic Structure Determination, CHEM 515 Modern Organic Chemistry, CHEM 516 Physical Organic Chemistry, CHEM 517 Synthetic Organic Chemistry, or CHEM 619 Topics in Organic Chemistry (Organic); CHEM 521 Chemical Instrumentation CHEM 526 Advanced Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 527 Separations, CHEM 528 Electroanalytical Techniques, CHEM 529 Spectrochemical Analysis, or CHEM 629 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry (Analytical); and CHEM 536 Chemical Thermodynamics, CHEM 537 Quantum Chemistry, CHEM 538 Chemical Kinetics, CHEM 539 Spectroscopy, or CHEM 639 Topics in Physical Chemistry (Physical).