Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph.D.

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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 minimum

Research Techniques (25 credits minimum) 1
CHE 720Introduction to Graduate Research 1
Select a minimum of 24 credits from the following:24
Research Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dissertation Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry 2
Seminars (2 credits)
CHE 751Literature Seminar 1
CHE 752Dissertation Seminar 1
Electives (18 credits minimum) 1
Select a minimum of 18 credits of electives 318
Total Credit Hours56

Students must select additional credits from Research Techniques and/or Electives sufficient to complete the 56 total credit hours required for the program.


A minimum of 12 credits in CHE 799 is required.


In approved (by the 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 .

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Plan of Study
  • Research Competency
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.