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Summary of Requirements

Current Requirements extracted from the 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog

Summary of Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Each student must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. These requirements are:

  1. Obtain three passes in placement exams.
  2. Take 1 hour of CHEM 592 during the first fall semester in residence.
  3. Take 1 hour of CHEM 597 each semester in residence.
  4. Fulfill the divisional course requirements.
  5. Earn at least 32 semester hours in research and dissertation (CHEM 598 and 600). At least 24 of these hours must be in CHEM 600.
  6. Attend weekly seminars and earn 2 semester hours of CHEM 595 beyond the master’s degree requirement by presenting departmental seminars.
  7. Maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average.
  8. Complete a course of study as determined by the graduate committee.
  9. Satisfy any research tool requirement established by the student’s graduate committee.
  10. Pass a series of cumulative examinations which shall serve as the written portion of the preliminary examination.
  11. Prepare and defend an original research proposal which shall serve as the oral portion of the preliminary examination.
  12. Complete a research project and to prepare a dissertation acceptable to the student’s graduate committee and the Graduate School.
  13. Schedule and pass a final oral examination (defense of dissertation).

Summary of Master’s Degree Requirements

Each student must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. These requirements are:

  1. Obtain three passes in placement exams.
  2. Take 1 hour of CHEM 592 during the first fall semester in residence.
  3. Take 1 hour of CHEM 597 each semester in residence.
  4. Fulfill the divisional course requirements.
  5. Earn at least 30 semester hours at the 400/500 level, at least 15 of which are at the 500 level. At least 21 of the 30 hours must be graded A, B, or C.
  6. Attend weekly seminars and earn 1 semester hour of CHEM 595 by presenting a departmental seminar.
  7. Earn at least 8 semester hours in research and thesis (CHEM 596, 598, and 599). At least 3 of these hours must be CHEM 599.
  8. Maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average.
  9. Satisfy any research tool requirement established by the student’s graduate committee.
  10. Prepare and present a thesis on the research carried out and to schedule and pass a final oral examination.