General Course Requirements

Our Chemistry program is designed to be flexible so it can meet the needs and interests of our students.  All graduate students must have competence in at least three of the four main subdisciplines (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry).  For this requirement, students must demonstrate basic knowledge in Physical Chemistry and two subdisciplines of the student’s choosing.  This requirement can be satisfied in one of two ways: placement exams and foundation courses.  Foundation courses are taught at the graduate level and count toward the required number of credit hours for a Masters or Doctoral degree.  Placement exams are offered before the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters, but does not reduce the required number of credit hours for a Masters or Doctoral degree.

Departmental Seminar Course Requirement

Departmental seminars are not only of great educational value, but they are mandatory. All graduate students are required to enroll in either CHEM 5011, CHEM 6011, or CHEM 6010. If you are not ready to give your seminar, your advisor will have you enroll in CHEM 6010. The grade in this course is based on attendance. A minimum of 75% attendance will earn you an “A” for the course. Less than 75%, a “F”. Some absences can be excused and not held against your final grade. You must contact the professor assigned to the course in order to receive an excused absence. 

Qualifying Examination Requirement

All Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying exam before they move on with their thesis. 

Final Defense Requirements

An oral examination is given once the thesis has been written.  Any principles related to the thesis and their applications may be included.  The examination is conducted by an advisory committee and is open to all interested scholars.  An announcement of the time and place of the oral exam will be posted in the Department.