The general requirements for the doctorate in Chemistry are set forth in this Bulletin under the heading Doctor of Philosophy. The Department of Chemistry has the following specific requirements:

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. The department will cover tuition costs up to 60 credit hours for students on assistantships and fellowships.

CHM 600 level or Higher18
CHM 779Chemistry Seminar4
CHM 780Chemistry Seminar1
CHM 785Introduction to Research2
CHM 788Problems in Research Planning2
CHM 830Doctoral Dissertation26
CHM 840Post-candidacy Dissertation6
CHM 880Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1
Total Credit Hours60

Students must take 18 credits of formal lecture courses by the end of the spring semester of their first year. Of the 18 credit hours, 4 core courses totaling 12 credit hours should be taken by all graduate students.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CHM courses 600 level 9
CHM 779 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM 785 Introduction to Research 2
 Credit Hours12
Spring
CHM 600 level courses 9
CHM 779 Chemistry Seminar 1
 Credit Hours10
Year Two
Fall
CHM 779 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM 830 Doctoral Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours7
Spring
CHM 779 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM 830 Doctoral Dissertation 4
 Credit Hours5
Year Three
Fall
CHM 780 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM 830 Doctoral Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours7
Spring
CHM 788 Problems in Research Planning 2
CHM 830 Doctoral Dissertation 4
 Credit Hours6
Year Four
Fall
CHM 830 Doctoral Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours6
Spring
CHM 840 Post-candidacy Dissertation 6
CHM 880 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar 1
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours60
  • The required number of credit hours in the chemistry seminar (CHM 779) must be taken in the first and second year.
  • The required number of credit hours in Introduction to Research (CHM 785) must be taken in the first year.
  • The required number of credit hours in the chemistry seminar (CHM 780) must be taken in the fall semester of the third year.
  • The required number of credit hours in Pre-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 830) must be taken in the first, second, third and fourth year.
  • The required number of credit hours credits in Post-candidacy Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 840) must be taken in the fourth year.
  • An Oral Comprehensive Exam must be passed before the end of the spring semester of the second year.
  • An original research proposal in Problems in Research Planning (CHM 788) must be presented and defended before the end of the spring semester of the third year.
  • Doctoral Dissertation (CHM 880) based on research of a quality acceptable for publication in a recognized scientific journal must be completed before the end of the fifth year.