The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in science as researchers and educators by expanding their knowledge of chemistry while developing their ability for critical analysis, creativity, and independent study. Graduates are well placed for careers as professional chemists in industry, academia, government, and related areas. All students take coursework, carry out original research with a faculty mentor, and submit a dissertation. The program has a focus on developing strong writing and oral communication skills. Financial support is typically available through a teaching assistantship.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- Demonstration of a broad understanding of undergraduate chemistry by passing a series of basic examinations or satisfactory performance in approved courses.
- Satisfactory performance in a path-specific (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical) series of 3-6 courses.
- Selection and completion of two courses outside the student's program area. One course must be a 900 level.
- Attendance at Department seminars and research Lunch Talks.
- Satisfactory presentation of a Research Progress Report in the second year of residence
- Present a department seminar on a topic unrelated to dissertation research in the third year of residence.
- Preparation and oral defense of an original research prospectus in the third year of residence. Successful completion of the research proposal defense enables the student to advance to candidacy.
- Preparation, public presentation, and oral defense of a written dissertation.
- Required 3.0 GPA or above to graduate.
THESIS Mentor and Committee
Students select a thesis mentor during the first semester in the program after interviewing at least three faculty members. During each semester thereafter, students conduct independent research under the supervision of this faculty member. In the second year of residence and before the Research Progress Report a committee is selected. This committee evaluates the student's Research Progress Report, the Research Proposal Defense and the Dissertation Defense.
|General Program Requirements|
|CHEM 800||Chemistry Teaching Seminar||1|
|CHEM 802||Critical and Creative Thinking for Chemists||1|
|CHEM 992||Graduate Writing Portfolio||1|
|CHEM 999||Doctoral Research||0|
|Analytical Program Requirements|
|CHEM 930||Advanced Optical Methods||3|
|CHEM 933||Chemical Separations||3|
|CHEM 934||Chemical Equilibria||3|
|CHEM 935||Advanced Analytical Chemistry||3|
|MATH 835||Statistical Methods for Research||3|
|Inorganic Porgram Requirements|
|CHEM 903||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 904||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 947||Inorganic Biochemistry||3|
|Organic Program Requirements|
|CHEM 808||Spectroscopic Investigations of Organic Molecules||3|
|CHEM 855||Advanced Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 902||Theoretical Organic Chemistry II||3|
|Synthetic Organic Chemistry I|
|CHEM 917||Special Topics in Organic Chemistry||2-4|
|CHEM 918||Special Topics in Organic Chemistry||2-4|
|Physical Program Requirements|
|CHEM 905||Advanced Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 925||Surface Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 926||Physical Chemistry of Condensed Phases||3|
|CHEM 927||Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics||3|