Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Chemistry

The goal of the doctoral program is to provide proficient knowledge in a specialized area of chemistry, with particular emphasis being placed on original, independent, and scholarly research. Students working toward a PhD must complete fifteen credit hours of courses and a series of seminar courses. Students should complete all course requirements in the first year of graduate study and present a seminar in the second year. The PhD candidacy examination consists of a series of examinations in the major area based on a reading assignment from the recent literature and an original research proposal to be completed by the end of the second year. Independent research for the PhD is demonstrated by completion of published work.