Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements:

A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0/4.0 in chemistry and cognate science and GRE score of minimum1000 (verbal + quantitative) for MS or 1120 for PhD is required except by special permission of the 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 6.3 overall on the IELTS is required. Students whose undergraduate degree is not equivalent to the American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree in chemistry must make up those deficiencies prior to taking graduate courses in the areas where such deficiencies exist. For example, students who have not completed quantum mechanics or instrumental analysis must complete Graduate Physical Chemistry II (CHM 5426) and Graduate Analytical Methods (CHM 5150) with a passing grade of C or better. Every student entering the graduate program in chemistry and biochemistry will be required to take two entrance/proficiency examinations covering standard undergraduate-level material in Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics), Analytical Chemistry (Instrumental Analysis), and/or Biochemistry. One pass must be in either organic or physical chemistry; the other is open. The proficiency exams will be administered to incoming graduate students in the week before the fall and spring semesters. If a student fails to receive a pass in a proficiency exam, he or she must show proficiency by completing the appropriate course with a grade of "B" (3.0/4.0) or better. These courses are Graduate Organic Chemistry (CHM 5225), Graduate Physical Chemistry (CHM 5425), Graduate Analytical Methods (CHM 5150), and Graduate Biological Chemistry (CHM 5305). Students are expected to complete proficiency requirements by the end of their first semester. Full-time graduate students generally serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry during their first semester. Ph.D. candidates must serve no less than one year as teaching assistants. This requirement will be waived only when, in the opinion of the Graduate Committee, unusual circumstances justify such action. TAs are awarded on a competitive basis, renewal of an award requires an acceptable research and teaching performance, and may be continued for up to two years for M.S. students and four years for Ph.D. students with acceptable academic progress. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0/4.0 GPA (Only courses required by the graduate program will be used to calculate the GPA, excluding courses related to the proficiency requirements). University policy requires a student maintain a GPA ≥ 3.0 to maintain a TA. If a student’s GPA drops below a 3.0 for one semester he/she will be placed on academic probation and the TA is subject to cancellation. A student who fails to raise their GPA to a 3.0 or higher in two semesters will be dismissed from the program.

General Degree Requirements:

Entering graduate students must pass two proficiency exams. Proficiencies are offered in organic, physical, inorganic, analytical, and biochemistry. One pass must be in either organic or physical chemistry; the other is open. The proficiency exams will be administered to incoming graduate students in the week before the fall and spring semesters. If a student fails to receive a pass in a proficiency exam, he or she must show proficiency by completing the appropriate course with a grade of "B" (3.0/4.0) or better. These courses are Graduate Organic Chemistry (CHM 5225), Graduate Physical Chemistry (CHM 5425), Graduate Analytical Methods (CHM 5150), and Graduate Biological Chemistry (CHM 5305). Students are expected to complete proficiency requirements by the end of their first semester. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0/4.0. Only courses applicable to the graduate program, excluding those for making up deficiencies or satisfying proficiencies are counted in the GPA. If the cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 for one semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. A student who fails to raise his or her GPA to 3.0 or higher within one semester will be dismissed from the program. Full-time graduate students generally serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA’s) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for their first semester. Ph.D. candidates must serve as TA’s for at least one year except in unusual circumstances. TA’s are awarded on a competitive basis, require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and can be continued for up to two years for M.S. students and four years for Ph.D. students who maintain acceptable academic performance. A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships (RA’s) may be available.

Transfer of credits:

Students having an M.S. in chemistry may transfer as many as 36 credits towards their Ph.D. degree. However, no more than six of those credits will count toward fulfillment of the formal course work requirement. More than six credits for formal course work can be transferred only with special permission of the Graduate Committee, in which case the number of additional course work credits required will depend on the student’s performance in courses, the date courses were completed, and the area of Ph.D. concentration.

Financial Support:

Full-time graduate students in good academic standing are eligible for financial support. Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Students may also apply for a wavier of both in-state and out-of-state tuition. Inquiries concerning application to the program and availability of financial support should be directed to the Chemistry Graduate Program Director.