To obtain a PhD in Materials Chemistry at the School of Engineering, you must complete 75 credits as described below.

Of those 75 credits required, at least 45 credits must be taken at the School of Engineering. Of the total 36 to 45 credits for dissertation research, up 12 credits can be transferred from research credits taken at another institution before coming to the School of Engineering. If the courses transferred from another institution do not include all 4 core courses, the missing core courses must be taken at the School of Engineering. The remaining courses to satisfy the doctoral degree are selected in consultation with your adviser.

You must have an overall B average in the core courses, as well as in the core and elective courses (excluding seminar, chemical literature, and thesis).

You are required to declare a concentration by taking 3 courses from 1 of the following 5 areas: physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry. One of the 3 courses can be a core course. The course description indicates which courses qualify for the five areas. The GPA of the 3 courses must be B or better. You must be in continuous attendance at the departmental colloquia (CM 9710).

Required (Core) Courses (12 Credits)

Physical Chemistry
CM 7043 Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Credits: 3.00

Organic Chemistry
CM 9033 Physical Organic Chemistry, Credits: 3.00

Analytical Chemistry (1 of the Following 2)
CM 8023 Principles of Spectroscopy, Credits: 3.00
CM 8073 Organic Spectroscopy, Credits: 3.00

Inorganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or Biochemistry (1 of the Following 3)
CM 6013 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Credits: 3.00
CM 9413 Biochemistry I, Credits: 3.00
CM 7723 Synthesis of Macromolecules, Credits: 3.00

Electives (12 Credits)

Choose 2 courses from CM listing and 2 courses from CM, BE, BT and CBE listings.

Seminar (3 Semesters, 4.5 Credits)

CM 9731 Seminar in Chemistry I, Credits: 1.50
CM 9741 Seminar in Chemistry II, Credits: 1.50
CM 9751 Seminar in Chemistry III, Credits: 1.50

Chemical Literature (1.5 Credits)

CM 5021 Information Sources For the Chemical Sciences, Credits: 1.50

Chemical Colloquium (0 Credits)

CM 9710 Chemical Colloquium, Credits: .00

Chemical Laboratory Safety (0 Credits)

CM 5040 Chemical Laboratory Safety, Credits: .00

Thesis Research (36 Credits Minimum)

CM 999x PhD Dissertation in Materials Chemistry, Credits: Variable


The rest, if any, credits remaining are electives (from CM, BE, BT, and CBE listings) up to 9 credits.

Qualifying Examinations and Dissertation

You must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination in chemistry and present a doctoral dissertation. The qualifying exam is given once a year. You can obtain additional details on the qualifying examination from your graduate adviser.