To obtain a Ph.D. 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, including a minimum of 24 credits of dissertation research. 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

Organic Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry (1 of the Following 2)

Inorganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or Biochemistry (1 of the Following 3)

Electives (12 Credits)

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

Seminar (3 Semesters, 4.5 Credits)

Chemical Literature (1.5 Credits)

Chemical Colloquium (0 Credits)

Chemical Laboratory Safety (0 Credits)

Thesis Research (24 Credits Minimum)


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.