Graduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. The program of study is divided into the areas of Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical. Each has a core requirement of 3 courses taken during the first year of study, followed by a qualifying examination. An additional 2 courses outside of the student’s area of emphasis are required as well as participation in departmental seminars and journal clubs. Ph.D. candidates must pass a comprehensive exam prior to defending their thesis. 

During the first semester of study, students may elect to rotate through several research labs. When rotations are complete, students decide which research group they would like to join. The student must assemble an advisory committee composed of 3 faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and one from outside the department. The committee provides assistance in establishing a detailed course of study and evaluating progress towards a degree. For more detailed information on degree requirements, please consult the graduate student handbook.

Financial aid in the form of a teaching assistantship (TA) is provided to all incoming graduate students. The research advisor may choose to provide a research assistantship (RA) to a student contingent upon funding and acceptable progress of the student.