Degree Programs

FIU’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, an M.S. in Chemistry, and an M.S. in Forensic Science. The Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry allow specialization in biochemistry, chemistry education, and analytical, environmental, forensic, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. To emphasize the particular strengths of our program, the Ph.D. in Chemistry offers Tracks in Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Radiochemistry. The M.S. in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers in forensic science laboratories.

New graduate students should have adequate undergraduate training in inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry as defined by American Chemical Society guidelines. Normally this will include as a minimum a year of general chemistry, one semester of quantitative analysis, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physical chemistry, and one semester of advanced inorganic chemistry. Additional courses in instrumental analysis, biochemistry, and advanced physical and organic chemistry are desirable. Deficiencies in any of these areas will be determined by a series of placement tests given prior to registration, and the results of these tests are used in planning the student’s program. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has seven graduate degree programs.