Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D170 R101

Graduate courses that are part of programs of study in Chemistry & Biochemistry are denoted as CHEM 5XYZ, where X is the program of study, Y is the sequence of number within that program of study, and Z is the number of credit hours as follows:

X= 0 Departmental Requirements, 1 Analytical, 2 Biochemistry, 3 Inorganic, 4 Organic, 5 Physical, 6 Chemical Education, 7 Structural Biology, 8 Unused, 9 Interdisciplinary or custom

Y= 0-2 Introductory Instruction, 3-5 Advanced Instruction, 6-7 Special Topics or Electives, 8 Practicum, 9 Seminar.

Z= 0-4 credit hours

Program Requirements

  • Continuous enrollment in CHEM 5090 Departmental Colloquium is required for all Doctoral students.
Chemistry Ph.D. Core
CHEM 5011Fundamentals I1
CHEM 5021Fundamentals II1
CHEM 5080Laboratory Rotations2
Seminar Requirement1-12
Continuous enrollment, up to 12 credit hours, is required after the first semester in a seminar course specific to the program of study (see below).
Focus Area/Breadth Requirements 1, 216
Minimum of 16 credit hours in letter-graded, 5000-level CHEM courses (X not equal to 0, Y=0-8), course requirements are specific to program of study (see below). At least 4 hours must be Breadth coursework.
Directed Studies/Dissertation Research
CHEM 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 2 credits)2
Electives as approved by doctoral advisory committee to bring student to 90 post-baccalaureate hours. This may include up to 9 credits of CHEM 5990, Independent Study and up to 6 credits CHEM 5960, Directed Readings in Chemistry.56-67
Total Credit Hours90

Requirements Specific to the Programs of Study 

Each Program of Study calls for different specific courses in the Seminar (1-12 hours) and Focus Area /Breadth (minimum 16 hours) requirements.

Analytical Chemistry

Seminar Course
CHEM 5191Seminar in Analytical Chemistry1-12
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
A minimum of 6 hours from6
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Spectroscopic Chemical Analysis
Separation Methods
A minimum of 4 hours from4
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry: Instrumentation
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry: Methodology
Practicum in Analytical Chemistry
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 1, Y=0-8)4

Biochemistry

Seminar Course
CHEM 5291Seminar in Biochemistry1-12
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
At least 6 hours from6
Principles of Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Biochemical and Biophysical Methods
At least 6 hours from6
Special Topics in Biochemistry I
Special Topics in Biochemistry II
Practicum in Biochemistry
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 2, Y=0-8)4

Chemical Education

Seminar Course
Instead of a seminar, Chemistry Education students will take 1 credit from the following:
CHEM 5001Practicum in General Chemistry Education1
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
A minimum of 2 hours in letter-graded 5000-level CHEM courses (X= 1-5,7,9, Y=0-2)2
EDSC 5513Teaching Science in Secondary Schools3
EDSC 5523The Science of Learning Theories3
or EDSC 6333 Research Paradigms For Scientific Investigations
EIPT 5023Analysis of Quantitative Data I3
EIPT 6043Qualitative Research Methods3
EIPT 6223Mixed-Methods Research3
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 5, Y=3-8)4

Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar Course
CHEM 5391Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry1-12
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
At least 8 credits from8
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 3, Y=0-8)4

Organic Chemistry

Seminar Course
CHEM 5491Seminar in Organic Chemistry1-12
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
CHEM 5400Organic Chemistry I: Mechanisms and Reactivity (minimum 2 credits)2
CHEM 5430Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Synthesis (minimum 2 credits)2
At least 4 credits from4
Structural Characterization of Organic Compounds
Special Topics in Chemical Reactivity and Physical Organic Chemistry
Special Topics in Bioorganic and Specialized Organic Compounds
Practicum in Organic Chemistry
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 4, Y=0-8)4

Physical Chemistry

Seminar Course
CHEM 5591Seminar in Physical Chemistry1-12
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
At least 6 credits from6
Topics in Quantum Chemistry
Topics in Statistical Thermodynamics
At least 4 credits from4
CHEM 5510
CHEM 5520
CHEM 5560
Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
Practicum in Physical Chemistry
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 5, Y=0-8)4

Structural Biology

Seminar Course
CHEM 5291Seminar in Biochemistry1-12
or CHEM 5791
Focus Area/Breadth Course Requirements must include:
CHEM 5210Molecular Biology (minimum 2 credits)2
At least 7 credits from
Macromolecular Crystallography
CHEM 5740
Macromolecular Structure and Function
Practicum in Structural Biology
A minimum of 3 credits CHEM 5XY0 with Y= 6 or 73
A minimum of 4 hours Breadth coursework (5000-level CHEM courses, X not equal to 0 or 7 Y=0-8)4

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/forms/bulletin