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The Graduate Program in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Ph.D.-track graduate program that provides an opportunity for creative, independent thinking. In addition to the more traditional components of the Graduate Program in Chemistry, we provide a unique introduction to the academic career field through our Teaching Mentor Program.


Components of the Graduate Program

The Ph.D. program includes:

  •  Required coursework
  •  Divisional requirements for cumulative exams and seminars
  •  A preliminary oral examination
  •  A thesis research project
  •  A final defense

Each student works with a faculty advisor of their choosing in order to determine the program of courses that he or she will take after matriculation, and to undertake his or her research.


Careers After Graduation

Our graduate degree program can prepare students for positions in:

  • Industry
  • Research institutes
  • Government agencies
  •  Academia


If you have any questions about the Graduate Program in Chemistry, please contact Sarah Burton, the Department of Chemistry Graduate Coordinator, at or by phone at (541) 737-6708.