Ph.D. in Chemistry with a Radiochemistry Track

The Ph.D. with a Radiochemistry track is situated within the current doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This track will prepare students with an interest in the broader chemical aspects of nuclear and radiological sciences, with coursework and research experience at the doctoral level. Graduates of the program will have developed a strong expertise in both applied radiological sciences and chemistry, and will be able to find employment in these areas in industry, government, and academia. The consists of both academic classes and research. The requirements of the track are similar to those for doctoral students in chemistry but the majority of the coursework and the thesis research be in the general area of nuclear and radiochemistry.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and the FIU College of Arts & Sciences have already attracted over $1,800,000 in seven separate active or renewable grants for research, graduate student research fellowships, undergraduate student research scholarships, and faculty & curriculum development. FIU has a well-established reputation in the field of Nuclear Sciences, through faculty in ARC and the science departments and has gained significant research support and infrastructure to support such interdisciplinary programs.

The types of students we expect to enter this program are those who have a current interest in the chemical and biochemical aspects of nuclear and radiological sciences and wish to earn a doctoral degree indicating specific expertise in these areas. There is a strong local and national market for students with advanced training in the general area of nuclear and radiological sciences. The increasing importance of nuclear energy production with its very low carbon footprint, nuclear forensics, medical diagnostics based on radiological methods, and the ever increasing problem of nuclear waste legacy assure a strong and increasing demand for Ph.D. graduates that will manage the research and operational facilities in academia, government, and nuclear industry.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with a Radiochemistry Track

Admissions Requirements

  • To be admitted into the Ph.D. program in Chemistry within the Radiochemistry Track, a candidate must:
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university approved by the Chemistry Dept. Graduate Committee. The minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in a natural science with at least 7 semester courses (28 hours including labs) of chemistry courses including: physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Any deficiencies must be completed before being fully accepted to the Ph.D. program.
  • Have a 3.0/4.0 average or higher during the last two years of the undergraduate program or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Submit general GRE scores. There is no minimum requirement for the overall GRE score, but the applicants with an average percentile rank of 60 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the GRE will be preferentially considered.
  • Arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the Radiochemistry Graduate Program Director, each evaluating the applicant’s potential for graduate work;
  • Pass at least two proficiency exams in either analytical or biochemistry and either organic or physical chemistry;
  • Receive approval from the Radiochemistry Graduate Committee;
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • All admissions to the Chemistry Ph.D. program must be approved by the Chemistry Dept. Graduate Committee and signed off by the Chemistry Graduate Program Director.