About the Ph.D. Program

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Ph.D. program within the broad areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The department currently has 27 graduate students and divided among 14 faculty members, providing an excellent student-to-faculty ratio.  The student will benefit from the ‘individual attention’ from their mentors.

Ph.D. Program overview

  • Qualifying exam (0 -1 year) – The incoming student has to pass this exam in within three attempts (for undergraduate students) or two attempts (for students with masters degree) to be enrolled for Ph.D. degree.
  • Coursework and credit hours (during graduate work) –  The Department requires that all students pass a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  This includes three graduate courses (above 600-level).
  • Laboratory rotations (0 – 6 months) – The students will have to do rotation in minimum of two laboratories.
  • Prospectus defense (1st year) – The student proposes their research work to the department.
  • Project updates (each year) – Oral presentation to the department each academic year.
  • Comprehensives (3rd year) – defend questions from the committee or write and defend an original proposal.
  • Dissertation defense  – Submit thesis to the committee and defend before the department.