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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Jul 15, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry, Ph.D.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will obtain diverse skills and knowledge within the realms of chemistry making them flexible and more marketable. 
  • Students will demonstrate experimental design and problem solving skills necessary for the workplace.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills. 
  • Students will demonstrate ability in experimental design and problem solving in a highly specialized area of chemistry. These are the skills necessary to advance knowledge in these areas. 

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

Present two divisional seminars

At least 12 credit hours of the following must be completed


The student must complete a combined research plan and oral comprehensive exam, which consists of a summary of the dissertation research plan and progress to date. After this, the student must complete a combined research proposal and written comprehensive exam, consisting of an idea for original research.

Detailed departmental degree requirements are outlined in Handbook for Graduate Students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which is available to enrolled students. An electronic copy can be requested from the graduate director.