Chemistry - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Chemistry

College of Humanities and Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23


  • The coursework that a graduate student takes is dependent upon their research area, the degree they are pursuing, and the need to cover deficiencies as determined from the proficiency exams.

  • 18 credits must be lecture-based courses, six courses usually worth 3 credits each at the 500 level; some 400 UG level courses can be used upon recommendation of the advisory committee.

  • All graduate students will register for CHMY 630 (Departmental Seminar) every semester. Attending departmental research seminars is integral to a student’s education and allows the student a chance to learn about areas of science outside of their research area. Attendance of these seminars is mandatory unless excused by the faculty member responsible for organizing the seminar. The method of grading this class is the choice of the faculty member organizing the seminar.

  • Students must complete 18 credits in letter-grade courses. The specific courses completed must be selected in consultation with the thesis advisor and advisory committee.

    • Nine of the 18 credits must be in 500-level letter-grade Chemistry courses

      • Six of the 9 Chemistry credits must be in 500-level letter-grade Chemistry courses outside the student's research specialty area, as determined by the advisory committee.

    • The remaining 9 of the 18 credits may be in traditional letter-grade courses within or outside the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry when approved by the student's committee.

    • Students should plan a course of study that will allow them to complete coursework in their first four semesters of residence. Students will typically complete two graduate courses in each of their first two semesters in residence and at least one graduate course in each of the following two semesters.


Core Courses


Additional Courses and Seminars


Total Hours


Core Courses




Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 501 - completed the first fall semester

Teaching University Chemistry


CHMY 640 - completed the first fall semester

Intro Grad Seminar


CHMY 650 - completed in the first two spring semesters

Graduate Chemistry Seminar

2 - 1 each semester

CHMY 652 - completed fall semester following completion of 2 credits in CHMY 650

Original Research Proposal


Total Hours


Minimum Required Grade: C