New PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The new PhD program in Chemistry and Biochemistry provides students with the opportunity to work on exciting research projects in multiple areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, including projects in water quality and purification, drug discovery and delivery, biofuels, and the chemistry of astrophysical ices. The program consists of both coursework and an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and has been designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

Students in the program will be expected to conduct an original research project and communicate their findings to the greater scientific community. The Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program is intended to prepare students for advanced work in the chemical sciences and related areas. Graduates with the PhD degree 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).  This program offers concentrations in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy.