The Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral degree program is intended to prepare students for advanced work in the chemical sciences and related areas. Graduates with a PhD in this field can seek employment in research and development, process control, or higher education. In addition to these traditional science career paths, graduates are also positioned to pursue careers in non-traditional areas such as the intellectual property and regulatory fields.
The program is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in advanced coursework, followed by an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The culmination of the program is a dissertation representing original research that is publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The program requires 72 total credits of coursework and dissertation (thesis).