Chemistry and Biochemistry Doctoral Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree in chemistry and biochemistry is awarded for excellence in research scholarship. It signifies the attainment of independently acquired and comprehensive learning attesting to general professional competence.

Minimum course requirements for graduate degree candidates include the completion of a minimum of 16 credit hours in letter-graded lecture courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. Up to 3 credits of student advisory committee-approved graduate coursework outside the department may count for focus area credit. Students must also complete the specific courses required by their particular division.

Emphasis may be in one area or a combination of the areas of analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical or chemical education. The student works under the general direction of the student’s major professor and advisory committee. General examinations in the department consist of the writing and oral defense of a research proposition. Individual divisions within the department also have various additional requirements. Details on the requirements and general instructions to graduate students may be obtained from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry office, 1000 Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center.