Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

General Requirements

Total Hours Required for Ph.D.—Minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the master’s degree; Minimum of 15 credit hours of CHEM 9XXX Doctoral Dissertation.

Core Course—15 hours, select either the life or physical sciences core:

Physical Sciences

  • Quantum Mechanics (exists as Adv. Phy.)
  • Physical Organic (exists as Adv. Org.)
  • Separations (New Course)
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Seminar

Life Sciences

  • Cell Signaling (exists as Adv. Biochem)
  • Synthetic Organic (New Course)
  • Separations (New Course)
  • Biochemistry II (Metabolism)
  • Seminar

Restrictive Elective Courses—6 credit hours in chosen concentration

Students must take 2 elective courses within their selected concentration below.

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Spectroscopy (New Course)
  • Surface Chemistry (New Course)

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Ethics (Biol 6213)

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Fund. of Nanotechnology

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry of Disease (New Course)
  • Nutrition

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Spectroscopy
  • Physical / Synthetic Organic

  • Chemical Education
  • Standards Based Chemistry
  • Concepts & Appl. in Chem. (MSE-7143)

Unrestrictive Elective Courses—6 credit hours
Choose two courses from 6000a or 7000 level Chemistry courses or course offered by the University with prior approval the graduate committee. Also, no more that 12 hours of 6000 level courses can be used for the degree.

Cumulative Examinations

Students will be expected to pass five cumulative exams by the end of their second year, with 3 exams being offered per semester and 1 exam being offered in the summer, which will demonstrate proficiency from the core courses. Two faculty members, on a rotating basis, will be responsible for each cumulative exam. Faculty will announce the exam topics two weeks prior to the scheduled exam. Exams will be given on a Saturday and students will have 3 hours to complete the exams. A 70% or higher score qualifies as passing. Cumulative exams will be made available for all faculty members to examine after they are graded by placing a copy in the student's departmental file. Each faculty member will be responsible for proctoring exams on a rotating basis.

Ph.D. Candidacy Examination

By the end of the second year, students will take the Ph.D. candidacy oral examination. The examination consists of writing and orally defending a presentation of their preliminary dissertation research accomplishments and plans.

Dissertation Defense

The final requirement for the Ph.D. degree is the completion of a satisfactory written dissertation of research, along with successful presentation and defense of the dissertation to the student’s dissertation advisory committee, which is open to the public. The thesis committee will be comprised of four or five members, including one non-program faculty member. Dissertations must be presented to the committee at least two weeks prior to the defense date, and public disclosure of the defense date must be given at least one week prior to the defense.