Program Information


General Requirements

All graduate students are required to pursue a graduate curriculum that provides the general knowledge-based foundation for the student’s program through a series of six core curriculum courses (18 semester hours). All students are required to enroll in two Foundations Courses:
CH 700 Foundations of Physical and Analytical Chemistry
CH 701 Foundations of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
and four additional courses that they may select to complete their course requirements.

Graduate students also enroll in courses offered in the Basic Health Sciences and the Joint Material Sciences Programs to broaden their backgrounds in selective areas and greatly strengthen their ability to carry out interdisciplinary research. Students involved in interdisciplinary programs (pharmaceutical design, materials science, molecular biophysics, forensic science, etc.) may, with the approval of their Advisory Committee, make appropriate substitutions for some of the courses, i.e. Polymer/Materials Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc. A grade of B must be earned in each of these courses for Admission to Candidacy in the Ph.D. program. Courses may be repeated once to raise the grade.

All graduate students are to demonstrate communication skills competencies. Adequate performance is required on the literature seminar, written responses to essay exams, dissertation defense, teaching, written publications, presentations at professional meetings, and/or enrollment in the Graduate School Professional Development Program course series:
GRD 701 Presentation and Discussion Skills
GRD 702 Writing Up Research
GRD 712 Research Writing and Style
GRD 726 Research Writing for Internationals, and
GRD 717 Principles of Scientific integrity

All incoming international graduate students will be required to take the following courses:
GRD 715 T.A. Training
GRD 720, 721, or 730 Advanced Oral Communication
All graduate students are required to present a departmental literature seminar after their first year.

Core Courses include:
CH 629/729 Special topics in Physical Chemistry
CH 631/731 Organic Reactions and their Mechanisms
CH 632/732 Organic Reactions and Synthesis
CH 633/733 Reactive Intermediates and Conservation of Bonding
CH 639/739 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
CH 642/742 Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
CH 649/749 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
CH 651/751 Chemometrics
CH 659/759 Thermal Processes and Methods
CH 664/764 Biophysical Chemistry
CH 669/769 Special Topics in Biochemistry
CH 671/771 Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
CH 689/789 Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry

Substitutions are permitted with the approval of the student’s research advisory committee and director of the graduate program.
Master's students choose from the 600 courses, Ph.D. students from the 700 courses.