Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry requires 56 credit hours in advanced biochemical and medicinal chemistry course work and a dissertation culminating from extensive laboratory research experience carried out under the direction of a faculty advisor. Additional course work is offered in specialized areas such as synthetic chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, and computational chemistry. The student gains experience in professional speaking by giving public oral scientific presentations through the departmental seminar program. The successful candidate will be well prepared for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical or medical research, or academia.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a one-page personal statement by the appropriate deadline to be considered for Fall or Spring admission. A minimum of a B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field is required.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 56 credit hours
|Required Core Courses (6 credits)|
|Select two courses (6 credits) from the following:||6|
|Structure Elucidation in Medicinal Chemistry|
|Nucleic Acid Biochemistry|
|Biochemical Pharmacology and Disease Targets|
|Research Techniques (25-37 credits)|
|CHE 691||Introduction to Graduate Research||1|
|CHE 780||Research Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry||12-18|
|CHE 799||Dissertation Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry *||12-18|
|Seminars (2 credits)|
|CHE 751||Literature Seminar||1|
|CHE 752||Dissertation Seminar||1|
|Electives (12 credits minimum)|
|Select a minimum of 12 credits of elective courses||12|
|Total Credit Hours||56|
A minimum of 12 credits in CHE 799 is required.
Students take CHE 691 Introduction to Graduate Research before beginning research. Students must carry out a research project under the supervision of a faculty member and write a dissertation on the research (CHE 799 Dissertation Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry ).
Students must present two seminars, the first on a literature topic (CHE 751 Literature Seminar ) and the second on their dissertation research (CHE 752 Dissertation Seminar ), normally given during the last semester of study.
A minimum of 12 credits must be earned in approved (by Department Graduate Studies Committee and student’s research advisor) elective graduate courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics or physics. Students who plan to pursue employment in industry are encouraged to enroll in CHE 790 Chemistry and Biochemistry Internship .
The comprehensive examination consists of a research proposal on the student’s dissertation research, including a literature review and a public oral presentation. The proposal must be presented and orally defended before the student may enroll in CHE 799 Dissertation Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry .
Students must defend the completed dissertation before the dissertation committee.