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This page contains resources and information for undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate

  • Undergraduate Catalog

    Consult the Undergraduate Course Catalog for admissions information, degree requirements and course listings.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Undergraduate students may apply for a broad range of scholarships at FIU before they arrive and during their course of study. Visit Scholarships to view opportunities including the Zaida C. Morales-Martínez & Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award, Leonard S. Keller Memorial Scholarship, Stacey J. Oddman, M.D. CARI-STEM endowment and MARC U*STAR program.

    Additionally, all high school students applying for Fall term admission are evaluated for competitive, merit-based scholarship packages. Check the list of scholarships available for Spring and Fall 2018

  • Student Organizations

    Visit the department's Clubs page for a list of chemistry- and biochemistry-related clubs, societies and other organizations.

    Chemistry Club — American Chemical Society at FIU

    The Chemistry Club at Florida International University was recognized as a Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society in October 1979. The chapter gives the opportunity for students of chemistry-related sciences to become better acquainted with a myriad of subjects in the chemical profession and provides experience in preparing and presenting technical material. It also fosters the awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of the modern chemist.

    Moreover, academic as well as employment information concerning the field of chemistry are disseminated. Guest speakers are invited for speeches as well as workshops. The chemistry club sponsors and co-sponsors seminars presented by the Chemistry Department. We are involved in many events throughout the year such as chemistry demonstrations for elementary school students, collaborations with other club activities, field trips to Dade County's Crime Laboratory, Dade's Drug Enforcement Administrations Laboratory, and presenting in National conferences.

    Parties are celebrated on different occasions such as socials, end/beginning of the year BBQ, Halloween, and an annual picnic at the end of the semester is organized. The Chemistry Club co-sponsors along with the South Florida Section of the American Chemical Society the annual banquet dinner held at FIU, where awards are given to the best BS senior student, best BA senior student and best freshman from the MMC and BBC campuses. An additional award known as the Jesus P. Lopez Memorial Service Award is given to a student with the most service contribution to the Chemistry Club. The University of Miami, Barry University, and Nova participate as well in this award banquet.

  • Participating in Research

    Research is a critical component of an education in chemistry and biochemistry, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry students are required to complete an undergraduate research project under the direction of a faculty member. Visit Undergraduate Research to learn about requirements, research groups and how to get involved.

  • Career Guidance

    The Career and Talent Development Department offers tools that can be used to indicate career preferences, as well as a portal for jobs, internships and other opportunities.

    Your most valuable resources are your professors. Choose your favorite professor and make an appointment! Ask them what they would advise you to do based on your career goals and interests. They have years of experience and mentoring — make use of it!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can help me with advising in chemistry?

    Please visit the department Advising page to find an advisor, or use My E-Advisor through your my.fiu.edu portal.

    How can I get information about pre-health professional advising (pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry)?

    Visit the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising.

    To whom should I speak about getting into a closed lecture class?

    Contact the instructor of the class you wish to enroll in, or your academic advisor.

    To whom should I speak about getting into a closed lab course?

    There are no waiting lists for laboratory classes. To try to add a closed lab, you must show up for early for the first day of class and let the instructor or laboratory coordinator know that you are trying to obtain an override. Students who are late for, or miss, the first day of lab will be dropped from the lab, and students who are waiting to add the lab will be given overrides until the lab is full.

    For additional information, contact the General Chemistry Lab Coordinator (Palmer Graves), Organic Laboratory Coordinator (Sandra Stojanovic), Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Lab Coordinator (Joseph Lichter), or Undergraduate Adviser (Jeff Joens). For assistance for labs on the Biscayne Bay Campus, contact Milagros Delgado.

    Do I have to attend lab the first week of class?

    Yes; all general Chemistry labs: 1032, 1045, and 1046 as well as CHS3501 will meet the first week. Students who do not attend the first session will be dropped from the lab.

Graduate

Prospective Graduate Students

  • About Us

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry includes dozens of faculty members along with dynamic and growing Ph.D. and master's programs in Chemistry, Forensic Sciences and Biochemistry. The department awards degrees in all of the traditional subspecialties of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry. Our research emphasis is on biomedical, environmental and forensic aspects of chemistry; we encourage a multidisciplinary approach to problems in these areas.

    Thank you for considering our department in your pursuit of graduate education.

    Florida International University

    With a student body of more than 50,000, we’re one of the largest universities in the nation. More than 100,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. Our colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU has been locally and globally engaged for more than four decades, finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.

  • Admission Requirements

    Formal admission to the MS and PhD programs is granted by the Graduate Admissions Office. Teaching assistantships are granted by the Graduate Program Director. Entrance is possible at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). For consideration for a graduate assistantship, applicants need to apply for the Fall semester, and all application materials should be received at least five months prior to the desired starting date.

    Visit the Graduate Admission Requirements website to review University Graduate School requirements and submit an application.

    Basic Chemistry and Biochemistry admission requirements are as follows:

    1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 in chemistry and cognate science courses
    2. Submission of official GRE scores
    3. Statement of purpose
    4. Transcripts
    5. Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s potential for graduate work
    6. 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.
    7. Students whose undergraduate degree is not equivalent to the American Chemical Society-certified Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry may be required to make up deficiencies. For example, depending on their area of specialization, a student may be required to make up deficiencies in quantum mechanics, instrumental analysis, or biochemistry by successfully completing Graduate Physical Chemistry II (CHM 5426), Graduate Analytical Methods (CHM 5150), or Graduate Biological Chemistry (CHM 5305) respectively.
  • Transfer of Credits

    Students with an MS in chemistry may transfer as many as 36 credits towards their PhD degree. However, no more than six of those credits will count toward fulfillment of the formal coursework requirement.

    More than six credits for formal coursework can be transferred only with special permission of the Graduate Committee, in which case the number of additional coursework credits required will depend on the student’s performance in courses, the date courses were completed, and the area of PhD concentration.

  • General Degree Requirements

    Consult the Graduate Course Catalog for degree-specific 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 their GPA to 3.0 or higher within one semester will be dismissed from the program.

  • Financial Support

    Various forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students at FIU. Recommendations for aid as well as admission into the program are based on the initial ranking of new students by their GRE and GPA scores. In addition, graduate students are encouraged to apply for external support for their graduate work (e.g., Sigma Xi, NSF). Proposals to funding agencies must have the approval of the Department of Chemistry and, in some cases, the Office of Research & Economic Development.

    Teaching and research assistantships with stipends are available on a competitive basis; see below for more information. Tuition waivers (full or partial) may also be available.

    Inquiries concerning application to the program and availability of financial support should be directed to the Chemistry Graduate Program Director.

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate stipends for graduate assistantships — teaching assistantships and research assistantships — are available to eligible students. Graduate assistantships are renewed each term. While we expect that an assistantship will be renewed for up to two years for MS students or four years for PhD students, satisfactory progress toward the degree is a condition of renewal. Students will be notified each academic year regarding renewal of an assistantship, amount of stipend/tuition waiver and responsibilities for the following term.

    Research assistantships are intended to:

    • Provide financial support for graduate students working toward their MS or PhD degrees.
    • Give graduate students the opportunity to obtain university research experience under the guidance of departmental faculty. Specific research duties are assigned by the major professor.

    Teaching assistantships are intended to:

    • Provide financial support for graduate students working toward their MS or PhD degrees.
    • Give graduate students the opportunity to obtain university teaching experience under the guidance of departmental faculty. Specific requirements for a TA will be determined by the faculty member to whom they are assigned.
    • Enable the department to meet the teaching demand of multiple-section, high-enrollment laboratory courses.
  • Housing & Location

    Most graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry reside off-campus. Limited on-campus housing is also available. Graduate students can live in university housing at the Biscayne Bay Campus. Visit the Student Affairs housing page for more information.

    Learn more about FIU's locations

  • Contact Us

    Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Florida International University
    Chemistry Department
    11200 SW 8th Street, CP 304
    Miami, Florida 33199
    Tel: 305-348-2606
    Fax: 305-348-3772

    Prof. Watson Lees, Graduate Program Director
    Tel: 305-348-3993
    E-mail: leeswj@fiu.edu 

    Ms. Maggie Autie, Graduate Secretary
    Tel: 305-348-3596
    E-mail: mautie@fiu.edu 

Current Graduate Students