Doctor of Philosophy
Students are required to enroll in the departmental seminar program and attend special lectures and seminars offered by visiting scientists. In addition, each major area in chemistry requires students in that area to enroll in basic graduate courses presenting the essentials of that discipline on an advanced level.
|Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.|
|Chemistry Coursework (500, 600, 700-level) *||18|
|Research Seminar (Repeated)|
|Graduate Seminar (Repeated)|
Research, which is the major theme of graduate studies, may be initiated as early as the student and faculty feel appropriate for the individual. Normally, a student will begin laboratory work no later than the beginning of the second semester. Upon successful completion of an original piece of research, the candidate will present results in a Ph.D. dissertation and, at the appropriate time, defend the work in a final oral examination.
Candidacy examinations contain written and oral portions. The written portion is a research progress report that will contain a comprehensive review of the pertinent literature and applicable scientific concepts, a discussion of current results, a description of studies needed to finish the project, a discussion of expected results and alternative approaches, and a timeline for completing the work. After notification of successful completion of the written portion, the student will present and defend an oral progress report. This oral report must demonstrate fundamental chemical knowledge and independence on the part of the student. Both the written and oral portions of the candidacy examination will be evaluated by the student’s research committee and any other interested faculty members.
Major Learning Outcomes
The graduate programs in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry provide rigorous training in chemistry. The central mission of the Graduate Program is to train the next generation of Chemists for productive careers in the global economy. Some of the learning outcomes below were adapted from the 2013 American Chemical Society Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences. Students earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry will be able to:
- Communicate chemical concepts orally and in writing.
- Explain advanced chemical principles as they pertain to their specific field of research.
- Analyze and critically evaluate the existing literature published within their field of research.
- Independently design and execute original research that can address important scientific questions.
- Generate quality data using a variety of experimental and/or computational techniques and interpret the meaning and implication of their data.
- Effectively communicate their research in oral and written formats, including the ability to author manuscripts suitable for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals.
- Inquire about and prepare for various career opportunities with their advanced degree.
- Learn and adopt best safety practices (chemical hygiene, personal protective wear, proper handling of chemical waste streams, etc.) in chemical research.
- Learn and apply the ethical impact of personal and professional behavior.