Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry

First Year

18 credits in graduate courses distributed as follows:

12 credits in core graduate courses (6000 level)

6 elective credits (6000 or 8000 level)

Graduate Seminar Attendance (CHEM 8901-8902)
Research Teaching Assistantship (CHEM 6905-6906)
Selection of Research Advisor
Introduction to Graduate Research and
Group Meeting Attendance (January 1)


Summer (after First Year)

3 Qualifying Exams (pass a minimum of two)

Dissertation Committee Selection

Graduate Research (CHEM 8999)


Second Year

Graduate Seminar Presentation (Tips on Presenting a Good Seminar)

Graduate Research

Graduate Courses Required

Research Proposal A: The Research Proposal A is the student plan for the research project. (Guidelines for the Presentation of Proposal A)

Third Year and Summer

Complete the graduate courses required

Graduate Research

Research Proposal B

The proposal B is an original research proposal. The subject of this proposal may be, but not necessarily, related to the subject of the graduate seminar.


After the Third Year

Presentation of the dissertation Seminar

Oral Presentation and Dissertation Defense

Complete the required graduate course

Graduate Researchs



The registration and attendance to graduate seminars (8901-8902) and group meetings each semester is an indispensable requirement during the time the student is registered in the Graduate Program.

A graduate student, bonafide and full time, should complete all the requirements for the doctoral degree in five years.