Ph.D. Program of Study

› 9 credit hours (3 courses) of core courses required. Core courses are the following:

  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Fall)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Fall)
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (Fall)
  • Advanced Biochemistry (Spring)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Spring)

› 9 credit hours (3 courses) of electives are required

  • Elective can be from other programs or departments (consult advisor)
  • A core course can substitute for an elective if you’ve taken more than the 9 hours of core
  • Elective options can be seen here in the course catalogue

› 12 hours of colloquia and seminar required
› 56 hours of directed and doctoral research required
› Research & Teaching Practice required (CHE 5922)

Registration & Time Commitments

› Up to 9 credit hours in fall and spring and 6 credits in the summer to maintain full-time student status
› GPA must be maintained at 3.0 minimum for tuition waiver and to stay in the program (probation for two semesters followed by dismissal)
› Full time commitment required – must be continuously registered in at least 1 credit hour per semester
› Outside employment not advisable and not permitted for students receiving stipend
› Advisor must be consulted before registration and their signature is required on the course registration form (e-mailed)

Dissertation Committee

› Must have at least 4 members including the supervising professor
› If justified, one or more members of the committee can be external to the Department of Chemsitry. The GAR should be consulted in this case because a special application must be made to the Graduate School.
› The doctoral dissertation committee form can be downloaded from the graduate school site (click on the link in the sidebar to forms).

Dissertation Research Proposal

› The DRP is a 15 page written proposal and an oral defense before the dissertation committee and department
› The hard copy must be written according to NSF (or NIH) grant proposal guidelines and be submitted to the committee two weeks prior to the oral presentation
› A $2,000 increase in salary is awarded if the DRP is passed before the end of year 2

Independent Research Proposal

  • An Independent Research Proposal (IRP) is a research project proposal outside of the current dissertation research area
  • The guidelines for writing and defending are the same as those for the DRP but the IRP should be prepared without close consultation with the Supervising Professor
  • The IRP must be defended by the end of year 3

Schedule Outline

Year 1
  • Begin coursework
  • Assume TA duties
  • Participate in Intro to Chemical Research
  • Interview three faculty members and select your doctoral research advisor by the end of the semester
  • Attend department seminars (see calendar)
  • Continue coursework
  • Continue TA duties
  • Attend Seminars
  • Select dissertation committee
  • Begin full time research and develop laboratory skills necessary for dissertation research
Year 2
  • Complete coursework
  • Begin writing Dissertation Research Proposal (DRP)
  • Submit Program of Study
  • Attend seminars and research colloquia
  • Continue dissertation research
  • Submit and defend Dissertation Research Proposal (DRP)
  • Pass qualifying examination
  • Attend seminars and research colloquia
  • Continue dissertation research
Year 3
  • Conduct research as specified in the DRP
  • Write and defend the Independent Research Proposal (IRP)
  • Be admitted to candidacy
  • Attend seminars and research colloquia
  • Continue dissertation research
Years 4 and 5
  • Complete dissertation research
  • Write dissertation (guidelines linked in the sidebar)
  • Submit dissertation to committee for approval
  • Defend dissertation (oral exam)
  • Submit dissertation to the graduate school
  • Attend seminars and research colloquia