Since we awarded our first Ph.D. in 1935, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University has grown into a thriving community of over 120 graduate students and 19 research active faculty that stretch across analytical, organic, materials/inorganic, physical, computational, and nuclear divisions. We offer an engaging graduate program that serves as an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of chemistry, creating solid foundations for chemistry-based careers after graduate school. With involved faculty and collaboration across groups, we provide a cooperative, interactive experience that puts dynamic scientific development and the fostering of student progress first.
Even beyond the traditional components of our graduate program, we provide a unique introduction to the academic career field through our Teaching Mentor Program. This advanced program allows graduate students to work with a faculty member who mentors them in the practice of teaching, and allows them to contribute to the construction and operation of a college-level chemistry course.
Components of the Graduate Program
The PhD program includes:
- Required coursework
- Divisional requirements for cumulative exams and seminars
- A preliminary oral examination
- A thesis research project
Each student works with a faculty advisor in order to determine the program of courses that he or she will take after matriculation, and to undertake his or her research.
Our graduate degree program can prepare students for positions in:
- Research institutes
- Government agencies